New Family and Consumer Science Agent for the Cooperative Extension Service of Phillips County Julie Goings was recently asked to conduct programs to improve family awareness of food nutrition, education, health and well being in Phillips County.
From agricultural programs to family financial management to youth education, Phillips County Cooperative Extension Services offer educational programs that have immediate and practical applications in promoting healthier and happier lifestyles.
“Our job is to provide educational programs and research-based information to the people of Phillips County, " explained Goings.
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, or EFNEP, helps families with limited incomes and youths acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes and behavior changes needed to maintain nutritionally sound diets and enhance personal development.
Going said there are so many services that the CCES can provide, including workshops that have branched out to train young in financial management, parenting classes and career education as well as fun activities that relate to healthier choices and stress management.
Goings explained that the services are beneficial to all who live in Phillips County and accommodate the citizens' needs. Goings added that they can provide program assistance where they go through homes and schools and provide specific training.
"We teach students how to read nutritional labels and how to make healthier food choices, incorporate exercise, to include aerobic, flexibility, strength and balance was well was food portion control," explained Goings.
Goings reported that she must be trained in several of the state programs and then she will bring back the information to the community creating a greater awareness of improved health and well-being.
“Creating a greater awareness can prevent a rise in obesity, diabetes, blood pressure and high cholesterol, and over all stress on the mind and the body,” said Goings.
According to Goings the programs being implemented will work with several other entities including 4-H clubs, the Boys and Girls Club, Home Town Coalition, the Department of Human services and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences East.