Family and Consumer Sciences

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The NMSU/San Juan County Extension Family and Consumer Sciences program is committed to providing information to help families deal with the complex issues of today.

Learn more about Extension programs and resources:

Health and Wellness

Health and wellness is exemplified as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being -- not merely the absence of disease. Health and wellness is directly connected to quality of life. The Extension Family and Consumer Sciences mission is to promote improved quality of life for individuals, families and communities.

Positive health and wellness is an active process of awareness and making choices toward a more successful existence. Research indicates that Americans who take care of themselves and manage their lifestyles are healthier, more productive, have fewer absences from work, and make fewer demands for medical services. For more information or to schedule a Health and Wellness related class contact the Extension Office.

Additional Resources
  • healthfinder.gov
    The federal gateway website to information on healthy living including disease prevention and management,tips for a healthy lifestyle, and advice for doctor visits
  • MedlinePlus
    MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

Family Life/Parenting

Family is the cornerstone of society, and while families may come in many shape and sizes, at the heart of each are loving, nurturing relationships.

NMSU/SJC Extension offers six different parenting classes, focused on developing stronger family relationships though improved communications, managing stress, understand emotions, and developing positive discipline strategies. Classes are currently being taught quarterly at Sycamore Park Community Center and are open to the public. For more information or to schedule a Parenting related class contact the Extension Office.

Additional Resources
  • Just In Time Parenting Newsletters
    A monthly age based newsletter for parents of children age 0 – 5 yrs. old, includes information on age related development, parenting strategies, and common parent issues. Available in English and Spanish

Food Preservation

Have you ever wanted to know how to can and preserve foods? Are you a canner who needs a little refresher course?

Historically, home food preservation has been a central part of life; its purpose was to maintain a year round food supply. Today, home food preservation is reemerging as a way to create a year round supply of healthy and nutritious food. Food preservation is a SCIENCE! It must be done correctly to prevent contamination and food borne illnesses.

NMSU/SJC Extension provides food preservation information, classes and scientifically tested recipes to home canners to promote safe and healthy canned goods. Additionally, NMSU/SJC Extension provides FREE pressure canner gauge testing and information on new canning technology.

Food preservation is a part of our history and a part of our future. Canning is not as scary as it looks but it definitely needs to be done right. For more information or to schedule a Food Preservation related class contact the Extension Office.

Additional Resources
  • NMSU Food Preservation Fact Sheets
    Research based how-to guides on food preservation topics including canning and freezing fruits and vegetables, pickling and fermentation, making jams and jellies, and pie fillings.
  • The National Center for Home Food Preservation
    Your source for current research-based recommendations for most methods of home food preservation. The Center was established with funding from the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (CSREES-USDA) to address food safety concerns for those who practice and teach home food preservation and processing methods.
  • USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning, 2015 revision
    USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning, 2015 revision is the official source of information for all food preservation activities; it includes how-to guides, recipes, and safety information for home canning, pickling, and fermentation.

Money Management

Money management can be one of the most stressful parts of life. One of the best ways to reduce that stress is to have a sustainable financial plan that puts you in control of your money, rather than the other way around. The first step to creating a sustainable financial plan is to track your expenses and build a livable budget and savings plan. Once you're in control of your money it becomes much easier to tackle more complex financial topics such as insurance, paying off debt, and retirement that also go into have a sustainable financial plan. NMSU/SJC Extension Home Economics is available to teach community workshops, and provide educational information. For more information or to schedule a Money Management related class contact the Extension Office.

Additional Resources
  • NMSU Resource Management Fact Sheets
    Family resource management publications cover topics such as home and money management, consumer protection, wills, home pests and pesticides, and home furnishings and design.

Food Safety

Food safety is an important part of our everyday lives. The foods we eat bring us nourishment, energy and a sense of community but it's important that we handle our foods correctly in order to avoid food borne illness(food poisoning). Food safety is simple. It's about being conscious of your food handling habits and taking the few extra seconds to make sure you are doing what you can to avoid contamination. We can't stop every possible illness but we can prevent a great number of them by being safe with our food. It's as easy as Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill. NMSU/SJC Extension is working to promote food safety though workshops, community events and educational information. To schedule food safety class or event contact the extension office.

Hand Washing Demonstration Kits

The NMSU/SJC extension office has multiple Glitter Bug Hand Washing Kits that can be checked out to community groups and schools for education proposes at no charge. The office provides all the supplies needed to teach a hand-washing lesson, including the Glitter Bug lotion. Groups are required to turn in a roster of those individual who completed a hand washing activity at check in.

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Additional Resources
  • NMSU Storing Food Safety Fact Sheet
    This fact sheet provides guidelines on how to keep food safe in the pantry, refrigerator, and freezer. It also includes information on expiration date and how long this can be stored
  • foodsafety.gov
    The federal gateway website to all government food safety information

Emergency Preparedness

Emergency preparation is not about preparing for if something happens, it's about preparing for when. Emergencies come in all shapes and sizes, from unexpected breakdowns on the side the road to major earthquakes. Preparation is about be ready for the unexpected. NMSU/SJC Extension provides educational information and programs to increase awareness of emergency preparedness at home. For more information or to schedule a emergency preparedness related class contact the Extension Office.

Additional Resources
  • Ready.gov
    The official Emergency Preparedness website of the United States, includes information on preparing and recovering from most nature disasters

Kitchen Creation: A Diabetic Cooking School

Kitchen Creation: A Diabetic Cooking School is a series of four diabetes education and cooking classes for adults with Type 2 Diabetes. Participants learn to plan and prepare delicious dishes that manage carbohydrates and promote heart health. Kitchen Creations is a free program sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Health, Public Health Division, Diabetes Prevention and Control Program and New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service and is offered once a year by the San Juan County Extension Office and partnership with the San Juan Regional Medical Canter's Diabetes Education Program. To be added to the 2016 wanting list, please contact the Extension office.

Additional Resources
  • American Diabetes Association
    Provides extensive information understanding diabetes, as well as information on living with diabetes including lifestyle tips, information on healthy eating, and related medical information.

San Juan County Extension Association

Education in a Social Setting, The Extension Association of New Mexico was formed in 1941, as Extension Homemakers, in cooperation with the Extension Service at New Mexico State University. Today call the Extension Association of New Mexico. EANM helps extend adult education throughout the state.

The Extension Association is a group of friendly people who meet together, usually once a month, to exchange ideas and learn together how to improve their lives and the lives of those they care about.

At club meetings, members discuss topics relating to the home, family life, finances, personal health, and life skills. They encourage each other and work together promote to healthy and caring families. New Members are always welcome! Contact the extension office of more information.

Currently San Juan County has two active EANM Clubs:

The Flora Vista Club Meets 3rd Thursday of the month at 10:30 AM

The Sunrise Club Meets 3rd Wednesday of the month at 11:30 AM

Both clubs currently meet in member's homes on a rotating basis. Contact the the Extension Office for information on the next club meeting.

If there is enough community interest the County Association would support starting new evening or topic centered clubs

Visit EANM.

Rick Griffiths
Family and Consumer Sciences Agent
San Juan County Extension
Phone: 505-334-9496
Fax: 505-334-7146
Email: rickgrif@nmsu.edu