UAPB celebrates Family & Consumer Sciences Day with “dine in” lunch

Will Hehemann School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

IMG0541EDFaculty, staff and students at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) celebrated the second annual Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) Day Thursday, December 3, by gathering for a “dine in” lunch at the Student Union. The national celebration educates families about the importance of preparing healthy meals and dining together.

“Family & Consumer Sciences Day calls attention to something simple families can do to be physically, mentally and financially healthier—prepare and eat a nutritious meal together,” Dr. Janette Wheat, associate professor for the UAPB Department of Human Sciences, said. “We at UAPB are proud to take part in this important initiative.”

Dr. Wheat is second vice-chair of the Assembly of Higher Education Units and for the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) as well as president-elect for the Arkansas AAFCS.

The second annual Family & Consumer Sciences Day, launched by the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences, set a goal of 200,000 commitments, twice the number of commitments for the 2014 “Dining In” celebration. December 3 was chosen as Family & Consumer Sciences Day to honor AAFCS founder Ellen Swallow Richards, the first female graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 According to the AAFCS, family and consumer sciences draws from broad and diverse disciplines to develop content and programs that help individuals become more effective critical thinkers and problem solvers. Through the delivery of research-based knowledge, FCS professionals help individuals and families develop essential skills to successfully live and work in a complex world.

Professionals in the field are uniquely qualified to speak on many critical issues affecting individuals and families, such as maintaining a healthy lifestyle, wisely managing personal and family finances, and creating supportive relationships with family members, friends, and co-workers. They are located nationwide in a variety of practice settings, including secondary schools, universities, government agencies, and businesses.

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