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Family and Consumer Sciences Agents provide non-biased, research-based information on home food preservation, food safety, healthy eating habits, chronic disease prevention, personal financial management, parenting and healthy teen relationships.


Family and Consumer Sciences Agents provide non-biased, research-based information on home food preservation, food safety, healthy eating habits, chronic disease prevention, personal financial management, parenting and healthy teen relationships.

MaryBeth Hornbeck 
Rockdale County's Family and Consumer Sciences Agent

In this role, her aim is to help local citizens lead healthy and balanced lives by linking them with reliable information from the University of Georgia. MaryBeth especially enjoys looking for new ways to make vegetables more delicious and appealing to everyone. She is excited to serve Rockdale County and looks forward to encouraging healthy living not only through food choices but also through the development of healthy lifestyle habits.

As an expert in food science and food safety, MaryBeth holds a master's degree in food science and technology from the University of Georgia and a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. With extensive training in science, she has learned to apply her problem solving skills in ways that couple well with her goal of helping and serving people.  As a Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, she is prepared to lead classes on foods and nutrition, families, housing and environment, finances, and chronic disease prevention.


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eLearning with UGA SNAP-Ed
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Start a New Food Business
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Food Talk
Food Talk Eat healthy and get moving on a budget. Find free online nutrition education courses, recipes, and other resources.
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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
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
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 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
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.