Family & Consumer Sciences
Eating Right, Spending Smart, and Raising Kids...Living Well!
Family & Consumer Sciences (FACS) Extension Agents offer non-biased, research-based solutions and cutting edge knowledge on many topics, including:
- Food, Nutrition, and Health
- Food Safety
- Healthy, Safe, and Affordable Housing Environment
- Economic Well-Being for Individuals and Families
- Positive Development for Individuals, Families, and Communities
FACS agents also partner with employers and other agencies to enhance economic development by education our present and future work force. Examples include:
- Health education and chronic disease prevention programs;
- Required employee training such as food safety for restaurant workers and child development training for child care providers;
- Life skills education to reduce turnover and increase productivity, such as managing finances and balancing work/family responsibilities.
ServSafe Manager Certification Training
ServSafe is a nationally recognized program developed by the Educational Foundation of The National Restaurant Association for food service workers in restaurant, school, hospital and other food service settings. Upon completion of this two day course, participants will received a certificate that is widely recognized and accepted by the majority of local and state jurisdictions that require food service safety training. The next ServSafe class will be offered February 25 and 26 in Oconee County. Registration deadline is Friday, February 15.
The fee for this ServSafe course is $140 which includes 16 hours of instruction, the course book, exam booklet, and administration of the test. Upon request the text book is available in select languages other than English. For additional information you may contact Jackie Dallas by email or by telephone at (706) 613-3640.
Walk Georgia is a free Web-based fitness program designed to encourage activity and exercise through accountability and community! The web site allows users to track their activities and record fitness progress. Users can compare their activities to individuals in their county, across the state, and even create custom group challenges. Walk Georgia provides resources on health and the tools and information to get physically active. Create an account and start tracking your progress to a healthier you. You may contact our staff for additional information about Walk Georgia.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
In partnership with the IRS, trained students (under supervision) can assist you with tax preparation and file them for you electronically, at no charge. The tax preparation sessions will be held at the Georgia United Credit Union located at 190 Gaines School Rd., Athens.
You must make an appointment to receive this assistance. Sessions will be scheduled Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings beginning January 29 through April 11, 2019. Appointments will also be scheduled on Saturdays beginning January 26 through April 6, 2019.
Reserve your appointment on-line by visiting the website of Georgia United Credit Union at gucu.org: Hover over the word "Membership" then select "VITA Tax Prep". Be sure to read all the information on the website prior to making your appointment so that you will know what you will need to bring with you.
If you do not have internet access, you may schedule your appointment by calling 770-476-6400, extension 4186.
Project F. R. E. E.
What is Project F.R.E.E.? Project F.R.E.E. is a campus-community partnership helping parents develop skills to strengthen the quality of their couple and/or co-parenting relationships. We are also supporting parents in building the capacity to build and manage financial resources.
Parenting Together? The responsibilities of parenting add heavy demands on all couples. Negotiating these changes can often become a source of tension. Our Elevate program provides couples (married or unmarried) with strategies and skills to manage stress and conflict while strengthening your relationship.
Parenting Apart? Parenting together for parents who are apart can be challenging. Our Together We Can program helps single parents develop strategies and skills to manage stress and conflict, promote a positive co-parenting relationship, and develop future healthy romantic relationships.
Both programs are free! These no-cost, 8 hour programs also include a meal and onsite childcare (space is limited) at each class, as well as up to $80 for attending all 4 classes. In addition to elevating your relationships, parents can also participate in research that will help support future programs. Each participant can earn up to $175.00.
These 4-7 week free classes will be offered throughout Clarke, Elbert, Madison, Oconee, and Oglethorpe counties on a rotating basis. Meals and childcare (space is limited) will be provided. Classes in Clarke County are listed below:
ELEVATE - Friday-Saturday, December 7-8, 2018
TOGETHER WE CAN - Tuesdays, February 5-26
To learn more about participating in these classes contact the program coordinator, Bemene Piaro, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (706) 310-3643. For more information about Project F.R.E.E. and a list of all classes in 12 counties, visit www.ugaprojectfree.com
Newsletters, Publications and Additional Resources
- Diabetes Life Lines Newsletter
- More diabetes information
- Seniors Taking Charge - a wellness newsletter for seniors
- My Plate
- UGA FACS Extension Web Page