Families need practical, trustworthy information, skills, and assets to improve their quality of life and contribute to their communities. With an understanding that personal, family and community well-being is dependent upon many kinds of knowledge and skills which are intertwined and inseparable, K-State Research and Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agents provide a broad base of expertise to help solve complicated problems by teaching these essential living skills:
Healthy, positive relationships are the foundation of all human interaction. Effective communication, respect for differences, making sound decisions and managing life challenges are all pivotal in establishing strong individuals, families and partnerships.
Healthy Living Choices
Living healthfully is about feeling and being well physically, emotionally, and socially. Family and Consumer Sciences Extension educates and supports individuals, families and communities to make healthy choices around active living, nutritious eating, preventing and managing chronic illness, balancing work and life, and being responsible for the environment.
Financial Well Being
Individuals and families strive to become financially stable. Managing their financial resources to be able to secure adequate food, clothing and shelter as well as make informed consumer choices with credit, saving and spending helps increase financial security for the individual, their family and their community.
Leadership skills expand the capacity of individuals to excel to be their best at home, at work and in their community. Development of strong interpersonal communication skills, networking, responsible decision-making and team building helps to empower individuals to thrive in an ever-changing society. Family and Consumer Sciences Extension helps transform lives and build healthy communities by developing leaders.
Family and Consumer Sciences Extension strengthens communities by reaching people of varying cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds with education to help improve and optimize the most basic aspects of life such as food, shelter, clothing, safety, health and relationships as well as quality of life, financial security, citizenship and engagement with community organizations and events.