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Family and Consumer Sciences


The Family and Consumer Sciences Program empowers individual and family well-being to improve abilities to make informed choices and acquire skills needed to improve the quality of their lives and their communities. Critical and creative thinking skills are used to address problems in diverse families, communities, and work environments. In addition, the program seeks to identify unexpressed needs affecting individual and family well-being and improve abilities to understant and adapt to social change. The ASUEP also works to improve the health of Mississippi's children and families through health and wellness initiatives. These initiatives promote healthy eating, physical fitness, and community gardens as a part of the war on obesity.

  • Stress Management
  • Food Preparation
  • Eating Habits
  • Health Issues
  • Basic Exercises
  • Dieting
  • Child Abuse
  • Family and Child Development
  • Parenting for Singles
  • Family and Child Development
  • Budgeting
  • Workforce Preparation
  • Goal Setting and Lifestyles
  • Family Violence
  • Financial Management

The diseases we know today, like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and obesity, were much less common with traditional diets in earlier times. Scientific studies have provided proof these chronic health conditions are tremendously increasing while traditional diets are left behind. Health disparities are affecting African American in rural communities at an alarm rate. Health disparities and chronic disease such as High Blood Pressure and Diabetes affect all people in rural communities The African Heritage Diet Pyramid is based on scientific research that eating a traditional diet can help:

Lower your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke

Tips to help prevent or help treat diabetes

Tips on good nutrition to help fight certain cancers and many chronic diseases

Tips to Reduce asthma, glaucoma, and kidney disease

Nurture healthy babies

Achieve a healthy weight and avoid obesity

Reduce depression… and many more good family health and wellness topics

Join us for a 6 week session Heritage Health Cooking Class. Classes are free and open to the public. Children ages 8 and up are welcome to attend and participate with your parents. The class will meet one day a week.