Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) is a program area of Virginia Cooperative Extension. Family and Consumer Sciences exists to improve the general, overall well-being of families by incorporating new knowledge into their everyday lives. It gives these families the skills to perform tasks such as: manage finances and credit successfully/wisely, prepare for and cope with disasters, and to make good parenting decisions. Katrina Kirby, Family and Consumer Sciences, Associate Extension Agent and the Family Nutrition Program-SNAP-Ed. Program Assistant provide programs like these.
Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agents provide many opportunities to any age group on various issues including making good parenting decisions, handling food safely, making better nutrition choices with a healthy diet, identifying quality child care, handling credit wisely, managing finances successfully and planning for elder care needs.
These opportunities are provided through educating the Petersburg community with workshops, classes, hands on activities, working health fairs and much more.
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Upcoming Events-Petersburg FCS
2017 FCS Pathways to Effective Parenting Classes
The City of Petersburg is now offering "2017 Pathways to Effective Parenting Classes" for parents, grandparents, childcare providers and anyone needing help with parenting and communication skills. Information focuses on pre-school children, primary, elementary school-aged children and teens. Certificates are awarded to those participants that complete the entire eight (8) weeks session. Pre-registration is required. Maximum of 25 participants per class. Register Early! Classes fill up very quickly. For questions call 804-733-1880 or email Katrina Kirby at email@example.com.
Session Number 3: August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, September 7, 14, & 21, 2017
Session Number 4: September 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26 November 2, 9, & 16, 2017
Click this link to fill in the form and then print and fax - 804-733-1950, email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to VCE-City of Petersburg, 400 Farmer St., Suite 218, Petersburg, VA 23803-6367.
Prevent Type 2 Diabetes With The PreventT2 Program
As part of a PreventT2 group, you will work with other participants and a trained lifestyle coach to learn the skills you need to make lasting changes. These changes include losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.
Being part of a group provides support from other people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes you are. Together you can celebrate successes and fit ways to overcome obstacles.
- Wanted: A Few Good Men and Women (PDF | 63KB)
- When it Comes to Diabetes, Family Support is Critical to Staying Healthy (PDF | 121KB)
- Small Steps to Health and Wealth™Online Free six-week Challenge 2013 (PDF | 430KB)
- Tis the Season to Stay Safe! (PDF | 254KB)
- Stong Families are at the Center of Strong Communities (PDF | 180KB)
- Food Safety and Natural Disasters (PDF | 325KB)
- Eat Healthy - Be Active Community Workshop (PDF | 205KB)
- It's That Time of the Year (PDF | 242KB)
4-H is a comprehensive youth development program of the Virginia Cooperative Extension. Youth between the ages of 5 and 18 engage in hands-on learning experiences under the guidance of the local 4-H staff and volunteers.
- Special interest groups
- Community clubs
- School enrichment
- After school collaborations
Many 4-H projects and activities address objectives covered in Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL's http//www.ext.vt.edu/resources/4h/sols) The following contain specific 4-H school enrichment projects and activities found in our ten curricula areas:
1. Animal Science
2. Careers and Economic Education
4. Communications and Expressive Arts
5. Family and Consumer Sciences
6. Food, Nutrition and Health
7. Leadership and Personal Development
8. Natural Resources and Environmental Education
9. Science and Technology
10. Plants, Soils and Entomology
- Petersburg 4-H Jr Camp Is A Great Way To Close Out The Summer (PDF | 166KB)
- Petersburg 2nd Graders Goes To Local Farm (PDF | 105KB)
- Science Muesum of VA Partners With The Petersburg 4-H (PDF | 139KB)
- Petersburg 4-H'er Photos Goes National (PDF | 100KB)
- Petersburg 4-H Boosts Leadership Skills and Civic Engagement at 4-H's Citizenship Washington Focus in Washington, D.C. (PDF | 285KB)
Engaging with Communities
Virginia Cooperative Extension specialists in community viability work with Extension agents, campus-based faculty, organizational partners, communities, and individuals to further opportunity and build capacity in five program areas:
- Leadership & Planning
- Community Enterprise and Resiliency
- Community Food System and Enterprises
- Community Planning
- Emerging Community Issues
Examples of our work include training county elected officials, educating entrepreneurs, facilitating collaborative projects, supporting the growth of community food systems and local economies, enhancing agent skills and community capacity in facilitation and leadership, conducting problem-driven research, and creating publications and tools that address critical community needs.
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