UGA Extension Office

Family & Consumer Sciences

FACS Extension Agents provide education in the community and the workplace on critical issues to all Georgians. Educational topics include:         

  • Financial Security and Economic Well-being
  • Foodborne Illness Prevention
  • Housing and Environmental Health and Safety
  • Child Care, Youth, and Family Development
  • Chronic Disease Prevention and Management

FACS Extension Agents often serve as resources for schools to meet the requirements of Georgia Performance Standards and as providers of basic life skills education. They can:

  • Provide health education for all grade levels
  • Teach financial planning courses
  • Train teachers in proper handwashing concepts to prevent spread of disease
  • Teach lessons in nutrition, health and food safety
  • Coordinate career fairs for rising juniors and graduating seniors
  • Teach life skills that students can use upon entering the workforce.

FACS Agents partner with employers to enhance economic development by educating our present and future workforce. Agents are trained to:

  • Provide health education and chronic disease prevention programs that can reduce absenteeism
  • Provide required employee training programs such as food safety for restaurant workers and age-appropriate development for child care providers.
  • Teach homebuyer education to assist the workplace in acquiring and maintaining affordable, healthy and adequate housing
  • Teach life skills that employees need to function effectively in the workplace and to reduce turnover and increase productivity such as managing finances and balancing work/family responsibilities

The information offered by FACS Agents, as well as others in Cooperative Extension, is provided by researchers at The University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and other universities across our nation. Business, consumers, and community representatives in each county identify the critical issues that Extension should address and guide the planning and delivery of these programs.


Here are some of UGA Extension's most popular resources on family, food, health, home, and money.

 
Walk Georgia A web-based fitness program dedicated to helping you track your activity, eat healthier, and exercise more efficiently. Participate individually or with a group.
 
Start a New Food Business A collection of resources to help you get started with your small food business.
 
Food Talk Eat healthy and get moving on a budget. Find free online nutrition education courses, recipes, and other resources.
Marriage Matters Series Looking for ways to strengthen your relationship? Whether you have just started dating, have been married for a while, or have been married more than once, we can always use some guidance in developing and maintaining a healthy and satisfying relationship.
Childcare Provider Training Entity-approved training to help child care providers meet state licensing requirements. Check the calendar for training events near you.
Your Good Credit Series Establishing, maintaining, and protecting Your Good Credit can save you thousands of dollars over time. This series will teach you the basics of credit reports and scores.
 
So Easy to Preserve This book covers topics on preserving food, canning, pickled products, sweet spreads and syrups, freezing and drying. Available for purchase only.
 
Eat Healthy, Be Active A flexible 3-week schedule of hands-on activities meant to improve young children's health and well-being by teaching key nutrition and physical activity concepts.
 
Radon Education Radon is a colorless, tasteless odorless gas that can cause lung cancer. It occurs naturally and is released into the soil, easily entering buildings through the foundation. The only way to know if you have radon is to test.
 
Building Baby's Brain Series What happens during a child's first few years makes a big difference in the child's later life. This series helps parents learn strategies to improve early brain development.