Natalie Taul

Grayson County Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Sciences 

64 Quarry Road, Leitchfield, KY 42754

(270) 259-3492

natalie.taul@uky.edu

Natalie 2018


What is FCS?

FCS stands for Family and Consumer Sciences Extension. FCS Extension programs aim to improve the quality of individual and family life through education, research, and outreach.

FCS programming focus on building assets of individuals and families to address problems faced across the lifespan.  Family and Consumer Sciences Extension emphasizes well-being with a focus on human development, parenting, resource management, nutrition, health and leadership development. At the community level, FCS Extension prepares individuals for community and economic development and activity.
 
Professionals in Family and Consumer Sciences Extension provide the tools to help individuals and families to develop resources for strengthening families and building community for an ever changing society.


Grayson County FCS Core Areas

Making Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Family and Consumer Sciences Extension encourages families to make proactive choices to improve health and well-being, whether choosing a healthy diet, increasing health literacy for chronic disease prevention, or participating in regular physical activity.

Nurturing Familise: Family and Consumer Sciences Extension focuses on individual and family development by promoting effective communication, understanding developmental ages and stages, appreciating individual and cultural differences, developing a strong value system, making wise decisions, and encouraging a supportive environment

Embracing Life as You Age: Throughout all life stages, it is important to acknowledge and celebrate the changes that accompany aging. Family and Consumer Sciences Extension helps individuals, families, and communities manage the challenges and discover the positive aspects of life transitions and growing older.

Securing Financial Stability: In the current economy, financial stability is important. That stability rests with families securing and managing their basic human needs of food, clothing, and shelter. Increasing buying power with wise consumer decision-making, avoiding pitfalls of overextended credit, developing saving habits, and managing financial risks are topics taught by Family and Consumer Sciences Extension.

Promoting Healthy Homes and Communities: Through Family and Consumer Sciences Extension, individuals improve safety in their home and decrease their environmental footprint. Community efforts are designed to promote healthy lifestyles throughout the lifespan.

Accessing Nutritious Food: Family and Consumer Sciences Extension helps families gain access to food and to stretch food dollars; communities to decrease hunger; and local food assistance programs to educate recipients on healthy and safe food preparation methods. Family and Consumer Sciences agents are pivotal in training consumers and producers to maximize local access to farm-to-table food products.

Empowering Community Leaders: Building the capacity of volunteer leaders is critical for the sustainability of communities that support and strengthen families. Family and Consumer Sciences Extension is committed to engaging, educating, and empowering local citizens to investigate issues, make responsible decisions, and take ownership of solutions.


Grayson County FCS Programs

EXTENSION HOMEMAKERS ORGANIZATION: The Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association (KEHA) is a volunteer organization that works to improve the quality of life for families and communities through leadership development, volunteer service, and education. Across the state, County Extension Agents for Family and Consumer Sciences work closely with KEHA members and clubs to provide educational programming and coordinate community activities. Grayson County Extension Homemakers has a current membership of 57 people. That includes 3 active clubs plus mailbox members. Dues for the organization are currently $10.00. Two clubs are located in the Leitchfield area and one in the Short Creek area. If you are interested in joining a club please contact Natalie at the Extension Office and you will be put in contact with club presidents.

 

MASTER CLOTHING VOLUNTEER PROGRAM: The "Master Volunteer Concept" is an outgrowth of the Cooperative Extension Service's tradition of utilizing volunteers. Interested, dedicated individuals with some prior experience and knowledge in a specific area are selected and provided with intense, in-depth training. Upon the completion of the training there is a commitment by the volunteer to spend a specified amount of time sharing their enhanced expertise with others. Currently Grayson County has 1 Master Clothing Volunteer that provides sewing classes to both youth and adults. If you are interested in participating in these classes or becoming a Master Clothing Volunteer, please contact the Extension Office. Volunteer applications for this program take place in even years. The new class recruitment will begin in Spring of 2020.

Making Healthy Lifestyle Choices

  • Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More
  • Making Heathy Lifestyle Choices
  • Dining with Diabetes

Nurturing Families

  • Active Parenting
  • Laugh and Learn Playdates
  • Stories Songs and Stretches

Empowering Community Leaders

  • Positive Employability: Preparing for Financial Success
  • Time Well Spent: Productivity Skills for Success
  • Leadership Development

Securing Financial Stability

  • Money Habitudes
  • Recovering Your Finances
  • Where Does Your Money Go?

Promoting Healthy Homes & Communities

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Healthy Homes: Assessing Your Home for Safety Concerns
  • Home Energy Management

Accessing Nutritious Foods

  • Food Preparation
  • Food Preservation
  • Cook Together, Eat Together

Embracing Life As We Age

  • Alzheimer’s Education and Awareness
  • AARP: Prepare to Care
  • Keys to Embracing Aging

 

Various food preservation items are available for checkout. Please contact the office for more information.


Talking FACS

Welcome to Talking FACS: What you need to know about family, food, finance and fitness. Hosted by the University of Kentucky Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Program.Talking FACS is available on all major podcast providers. Listen HERE!


FitBlueKY

The app is compatible with Fitbit fitness trackers, but users can manually enter their steps from other fitness tracking devices. FitBlue is available for free at the Apple App Store and on Google Play. Learn more HERE!