Family and Consumer Sciences

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:

Personal Finance

Managing Money 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. Once you're in control of your money it becomes much easier to tackle more complex financial topics.

We offer personal finance presentations to small groups, community and faith based organizations and employee groups throughout San Juan County focused on building credit, debt reduction, growing saving, and the need for a will. If you have a large or small group that would benefit from one or all of these programs, contact Rick to schedule a presentation or series of presentations.

Available presentations in San Juan County:

  • Feeling Free by Eliminating Debt Quickly!
  • The Importance of your Credit Score!
  • Easy Ways to Grow your Saving!
  • Why Everyone Needs a Will!
  • The Basics of Car Buying

Health and Wellness

Research indicates that individual's 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. Our Health and Wellness presentations are based on the NMSU Cooperative Extension's 4 pillars of wellness: stress, sleep, physical activity, and nutrition. These programs are available to employee groups, community and faith based organizations and small groups. To schedule a Health and Wellness presentation or series of presentations contact Rick.

Available presentations in San Juan County:

  • Stress and Resilience
  • Aerobic Training and High-Intensity Interval Training
  • The Benefits of Strength Training and How to Get Started
  • Sleep: The What, Why and How and Implications for Health and Performance
  • Healthy Eating for Wellness!

Community Health

Community Health issues don't just affect us individually, they affect our families, friends and every else who touches our life. Our Community Health programs are focus on the areas of emergency preparedness, food Safety/ food-Borne illness prevention, and home health and safety. If you have a large or small group that would benefit from one or all of these programs, contact Rick to schedule a presentation or series of presentations.

Available presentations in San Juan County:

  • Be Ready – A guide to being prepared for the unexpected
  • Business Ready – A guide for small business and community organize to be prepared for the unexpected
  • Driving in winter conditions
  • Food Safety Basics
  • Home Safety

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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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.

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 2018 waiting list, please contact the Extension office.

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