Family and Community Health Sciences

[FCHS Logo] The Department of Family and Community Health Sciences (FCHS), is a community-based nutrition, health promotion, and family wellness outreach component of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, provides workshops and on-line resources to educate and support families, worksites, schools, and communities to create healthier lifestyles.


The Family and Community Health Sciences Educator is responsible for providing programs focused on food, nutrition, and health. Planned and implemented programs highlight childhood obesity and adult diseases such as: diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. A variety of methods are used to inform county residents. Emphasis was placed on the fact that poor diet and physical inactivity are the most important factors contributing to obesity in America.


State Wide Initiatives:

  • Get Moving - Get Healthy New Jersey : Get Moving - Get Healthy New Jersey encourages a healthy lifestyle, especially healthy eating and physical activity, through educational programs, a website, publications, and targeted marketing campaigns.
  • Grow Healthy : Grow Healthy is a school-wide wellness program. School teachers, staff, and administration; children; families; and volunteers all work together to make school a healthier place. There are nutrition lessons in the classroom, school and family fitness events, foodservice trainings, and wellness council support—all of which build healthier kids and families, too.
  • Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)


Center for Family Resources 
Habitat for Humanity 
New Jersey Community Food Bank 
Northern NJ Maternal-Child Consortium 
Paterson Alliance 
Paterson Education Foundation
Preakness Healthcare Center 
United Way of Passaic County


FCHS Publications & Visions

For more information:

Sara Elnakib, RD, MPH, CHES
Family and Community Health Sciences Educator
Cooperative Extension of Passaic County
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
1310 Route 23 North
Wayne, NJ 07470-5825
Phone: 973-305-5746
Fax: 973-305-8865

Cooperative Extension of Passaic County