49 Rancocas Road
Mt. Holly, NJ 08060

Family and Community Health Sciences

The Missionā€¦
The department of Family and Community Health Sciences delivers useful and practical research-based information which enables individuals, families, and schools to make informed choices and acquire needed skills to improve the quality of their lives and their communities.

Family and Community Health Sciences programs help people manage resources intelligently, encourage healthier eating behaviors, increase knowledge of local food sources and agriculture, and learn practical tips and skills that support nutrition and physical activity.

Programs Programs
Food, Nutrition and Health
with emphasis on:
Get Moving Get Healthy NJ
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Choose MyPlate
Food Safety
with emphasis on:
Keeping food safe
Managing food allergies
School Wellness  
with emphasis on:  
Grow Healthy  
Promoting healthier school environments  

A variety of educational methods are used to reach individuals and families:
Informal classes, workshops, forums and discussion groups
Trained volunteers who teach and support program activities.
Community outreach at worksites and in cooperation with other agencies

Educational information on radio, television and in newspapers; online videos; l
newsletters and fact sheets

Professional Staff
The Family and Community Health Sciences Program Coordinator is affiliated with the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, formerly Cook College, and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University. Rutgers Cooperative Extension specialists are faculty members with offices on the Cook campus, New Brunswick.

Volunteer staff teach classes, staff exhibits, and assist with community projects.

Cooperative Extension System
Authorized by a 1914 Act of Congress, the Cooperate Extension System is the
largest adult educational program in the world. Its programs in Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H youth development, agriculture and resource management, and marine resources help thousands of people each year apply knowledge and skills to shrove their lives, home, and communities.

Sources of Funds
Cooperative Extension System work is funded cooperatively by the U.S. Departs of Agriculture; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

The Rutgers Connection
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a land-grant University, the purpose of which is to generate new knowledge, apply it to other problems of society, and extend that knowledge to others beyond academia. It is a tripartite mission: teaching, research and Extension. The whole purpose of research and the quest for knowledge is to produce knowledge to solve society's problems and make life better for its citizens.

Contact Us
Sharese Porter, Family and Community Health Sciences Program Coordinator
49 Rancocas Road, PO Box 6000, Mount Holly, NJ 08060
Telephone: 609-265-5051
Fax: 609-265-5613

If you would like to be on our mailing list to have the Visions newsletters mailed to you, email us at fchsburlco@njaes.rutgers.edu.

For more information about the Department of Family and Community Health Sciences and Rutgers Cooperative Extension and to view some of our fact sheets and brochures, Click Here