What is FCS Day?

Family and Consumer Sciences Day is the national celebration that educates families about the importance of preparing healthy meals and “dining in” together. The Mississippi Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (MAFCS), in association with the Mississippi State University Extension Service (MSU Extension) and other organizations, will be celebrating “Dining In MS” by encouraging FCS Extension Agents and FCS Secondary Educators to collaborate to inform students and families about the importance of dining in together. Additionally, MAFCS and MSU Extension are working with MSU Health Promotion and Wellness to encourage students to dine in together eating a health meal as they prepare for final exams.

“Family & Consumer Sciences Day calls attention to something simple families can do to be physically, mentally, and financially healthier—prepare and eat a nutritious meal together. We are proud to take part in this important initiative,” Dr. Julie Sims said.

The second annual Family and Consumer Sciences Day, launched by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS), has set a goal of 200,000 commitments, which is doubling the 2014 “Dining In” commitments received. December 3rd was chosen as Family & Consumer Sciences Day to honor AAFCS Founder Ellen Swallow Richards, first female graduate of MIT.

Field of Family & Consumer Sciences

Family and consumer sciences (FCS) draws from broad and diverse disciplines to develop and provide content and programs that help individuals become more effective critical thinkers and problem solvers. Through discovery and delivery of research-based knowledge, FCS professionals help individuals and families develop essential skills to successfully live and work in a complex world. Professionals in the field are uniquely qualified to speak on many critical issues affecting individuals and families, such as maintaining a healthy lifestyle, wisely managing personal and family finances, and creating supportive relationships with family members, friends, and co-workers. They are located nationwide in a variety of practice settings, including secondary schools, universities, government agencies, and businesses.

For more information, visit www.aafcs.org/FCSday.