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2018 FCS Highlights
Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Educators work through statewide issue teams to address health and hunger; safety and environment; finance and job readiness; and family and child resilience.
Improving HealthOklahoma ranks 43rd in the nation for diabetes. Evaluation data from program participants shows that
81% have maintained or lost weight and 63% are in better control of their blood glucose.
"My husband reads labels and changes the lunch he takes to the oil rig sites. He never listened to me, but after hearing the importance of reading labels, what you eat, and when you eat, he practices what you taught.”
Increasing Community Health & Wellness
Oklahoma ranks 47th nationally for physical activity. Family and Consumer Sciences provides education in successful physical activity for people with arthritis. Of those completing post-program evaluations, 85% of participants said the program has helped them reduce their pain, stiffness, and fatigue.
“An elderly participant, experiencing depression and declining health after several falls, received a doctor's recommendation to exercise. After completing the program, she continues to walk over a mile three times a week. Others have commented on her improved steadiness and stamina.”
Improving Children's Lives through Parenting & Marriage Education
Oklahoma ranks third nationally for number of divorces. Evaluation data shows 77% of participants became more likely to treat their child's other parent like a valued
member of a team.
“I learned how important it is to put our differences aside and co-parent together
and how I can make that happen."
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