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Teaching FCS, A Fulfilling Career

Would you like a career that is rewarding, challenging, and no two days are ever the same? Have you ever thought about becoming a family and consumer sciences teacher? Experience and training in culinary arts and nutrition, child development and care, family relationships, consumerism, and fashion merchandising are just some of the areas you could […]

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Dump My Caffeine Habit…NOOOO (Really, I don’t have to?)

It is well documented that caffeine is a stimulant, meaning that it can increase alertness. In fact, we all know that too much caffeine can disrupt sleep patterns, causing a myriad of health issues. But, do you need to cut out caffeine completely in order to get a good night’s sleep? Researchers have discovered that […]

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There’s an App for That! Using MyPlate Text Messaging!

We all know that making good food choices during college can be difficult. You are busy attending classes, working, completing homework or hanging out with friends. Before you know it you have put on a little weight. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is working on tools to help you make better food choices and […]

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Ellen Swallow Richards

Ellen Swallow Richards…one of the founders of family and consumer sciences as we know it today.

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Among the Employed

According to a study at Georgetown University’s Center for Education and the Workforce (via Yahoo! Education), graduates of the following discipline areas were least likely to be unemployed: Nursing (unemployment rate: 4.8%), Elementary education (unemployment rate: 5%), Physical fitness and parks and recreation (unemployment rate: 5.2%), Chemistry (unemployment rate: 5.8%), Finance (unemployment rate: 5.9%), Mathematics […]

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Fun with a Food Science Career

One of the many aspects I love about being a dietetics professional is that you can pair your passion of foods and nutrition with other passions in your life.  The video, Disney in the Life of Food Science, highlights that you can pair your love of Disney with your love of food in the effort to […]

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American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences Annual Conference and Expo: See You There!

Start your planning NOW! AAFCS has a conference and expo each year in late June. In 2014 the conference will be held in St. Louis, MO. The annual conference provides a great opportunity for students and new professionals to meet others and hone their professional skills. Check out for information about the conference and […]

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Burnt Out

Avoiding Burnout: FCS Professionals in Human Development and Family Studies

It is personally rewarding to work in a human development and family studies (HDFS) career. It is also challenging in many ways as professionals in the area of FCS and HDFS face unique challenges. For instance, often those that work in HDFS are at the mercy of government funding, leading to a feeling of insecurity […]

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Books about FCS: “Stir it Up: Home Economics in American Culture”

The term “Home Economics” often makes us think of housewives in the 1950s. However, family and consumer sciences (FCS) got its start in the Home Economics Movement. We have a rich and detailed history made up of fascinating men and women that came from the sciences. Dr. Megan J. Elias is an Associate Professor of […]

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