Family & Consumer Sciences

Upcoming Programs

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Halloween Safety

Haloween SafetyGhouls and ghosts are not the only scary things to be on the lookout for this Halloween. While Halloween is a fun and festive time for children, it can also be a time of increased injury and danger. By taking simple steps, you can make this Halloween a safe and exciting time for all. Read More

Preventing Hyperthermia in Vehicles

Car SeatLeaving children alone in vehicles poses many dangers. One such danger is hyperthermia. Hyperthermia, or overheating of the body, occurs more quickly in children than in adults as a child’s body cannot control temperature as well and can warm up three to five times faster than an adult’s. Heatstroke can occur when the body’s core temperature reaches 104 degrees F, which can lead to permanent injury, and a core body temperature of 107 degrees F is usually fatal. An average of 37 children die each year from hyperthermia after being left alone or climbing into unattended vehicles. Read More

Simple, Smart, and Safe: Packing Healthy Lunches for Field Trips

The excitement of a field trip shouldn’t be masked by what’s in the lunchbox. Pack it Simple, Smart, and Safe so the real excitement comes from the actual field trip and not the adventure your child had after a sour stomach surfaced from an improperly packed lunch. Read More

Yum! Choices in the Lunchroom

Youth have a lot of choices when it comes to deciding what to eat in the lunchroom. With guidelines on healthier choices and options ranging from milk to vegetables, this short five minute video helps youth understand how and what to select.

Master Food Volunteer Program

The Master Food Volunteer Program is designed to train volunteers to assist with the Food Safety and Nutrition Program at the University of Florida IFAS Extension Brevard County. This program is an in-depth 4-week course that includes topics such as basic nutrition, nutrition and health throughout the lifecycle, food safety, food preparation, cooking questions and the latest food preservation processes. Upon completion of the program, you will be expected to volunteer at least 25 hours over the next 12 months. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities including helping with preparation of classes, assisting during classes, and other various projects. Stay tuned for the next training program.