Family & Consumer
Family and Consumer Sciences Educational Programs are
designed to help Miami-Dade County families and youth and provide them with the
skills needed to address a broad spectrum of nutrition, health, food safety and
economic security. issues.
The overall goal of the program is to assist individuals and
families to meet the challenges of daily living, through workshops, phone calls,
group meetings, mass media, health fairs, and newsletter.
The major family and consumer sciences program include:
Helpline Newsletter - The
goal of the Helpline Newsletter is to educate Miami-Dade County citizens on
nutrition, health, food safety and consumer related issues.
Food, Nutrition and Health Program
The Food, Nutrition and Health Program is designed to educate
Miami-Dade County Citizens and provide them with the skills needed to change
lifestyle behaviors to reduce their risk of major chronic diseases and
conditions, and adopt dietary practices recommended for different life cycle
Expanded Food & Nutrition Program
The Expanded Food and Nutrition Program, EFNEP, is a Cooperative Extension
Service educational program funded by USDA to help limited-income families and
youth acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and changed behavior necessary
to improve their diets in normal nutrition.
The EFNEP program operates in twelve Florida counties, with Miami-Dade County
having the largest program. It has three distinct units, 2 adults and one youth.
Research has shown that for every $ invested in EFNEP, up to $10 is saved in
health care cost. The benefits of EFENEP were characterized as dollars estimated
to be saved on health care costs by the potential delay/avoidance of chronic
disease and conditions as a result of EFNEP participants adopting optimal food,
nutrition and lifestyle behaviors.
The food safety program is designed to provide effective educational
programs to Miami-Dade citizens and consumers at various levels leading to
improved food handling practices, and consequently to a safer food supply.
The target audiciences of the program include consumers, institutional and home
food handlers, schools, institutional food services, youth and volunteer
Foodborne Illness Facts
Did you know...
-Approximately 76 million people become
sick from foodborne illness annually across the United States.
-More than 325,000 people are
hospitalized each year for foodborne illness.
-Approximately 13 men, women, and
children die every day from foodborne illness.
-This year about 5,000 people will
die from foodborne illness.
Some possible signs and symptoms you have a foodborne illness include:
-Dehydration (sometimes severe) from
losing bodily fluids.
Don't count on sight, smell and taste to test for food safety. It can take
½ hour to 2 weeks to become sick from unsafe foods. You may become sick
later even if you feel OK after eating.
Food Safety Publications
Food, Nutrition and Health
Financial Management and Economic Well-Being
The overall goal of this program is to provide Miami-Dade County residents
with practical and objective information which can help families and individuals
plan their financial future and reach their goals. Specific emphasis includes
helping youth adults, and older adults to:
-better manage their resources through developing
spending and savings plans.
-manage credit, reduce debt
and pay bills on time.
-develop consumer competencies
in the market place so they can evaluate alternatives and avoid frauds and
-learn effective consumer
skills and develop shopping skills.
Family Economic and Economic
and Consumer Sciences Office3010-4808
300 East 1st
Avenue, Rm. 113
Sandra Canales - email@example.com
EFNEP, FNP, ext 105
Monica Dawkins - firstname.lastname@example.org
EFNEP, FNP, ext 104
Jacquelyn Gibson - email@example.com
Kathie Roberts - KCRoberts@ufl.edu
4-H Youth Program, ext. 107
Food Safety, Home Management, Family Economic Stability, ext 106