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Family & Consumer Sciences

The Family and Consumer Sciences Program offers the families of Bedford County information and educational programs about food and nutrition, health, family finances and human development.

Seasonal Eating
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The Seasonal Eating Program encourages residents to eat what is growing here and now. Check out this page for Seasonal Eating recipes, information, videos and more.
Various nutritious foods
Tennessee Nutrition & Consumer Education
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The goal of TNCEP is to teach families how to choose and prepare nutritionally adequate diets and help them feel empowered to move toward self-sufficiency.
Food Preservation
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Canning, freezing and drying helps you make the most of your harvest of fruits, vegetables and meats. Check out this page for proper methods and safety tested recipes.
A community gathering of adults and children
Family & Community Education
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Family & Community Education clubs promote a better way of life for all through fellowship, continuing education and service to the community.
Skill Up Tennessee
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The Skill Up TN program helps qualifying residents to reach their employment potential and become self-sufficient.

Contact Information

Whitney Danhof
Family and Consumer Sciences
2105 Midland Road
Shelbyville, TN 37160

Yesenia Lira Garcia
Program Assistant, Tennessee Nutrition and ConsumerEducation Program
2105 Midland Road
Shelbyville, TN 37160

Food Preservation

The skills and information needed to safely preserve the foods we grow, hunt and catch is taught through the canning college and food preservation workshops.  Pressure canner dial type gauges are tested for accuracy each year free of charge.  Call to schedule an appointment.  Publications on canning and freezing foods are available on-line below or at the office. Check out the produce information pages with preserving links at the bottom of each page.

Programs for 2021:

Tai Chi for Diabetes

Click here for Tai Chi for Diabetes Flyer.

Extension Explores: Food Preservation

Extension Explores Food Preservation Ad
Extension Explores is a monthly program combining internet-based learning using the zoom platform, how to videos, quick tips and recipes using preserved food. Each live session will be offered on the third Friday of the month at 10 a.m. beginning in May.  To register for the monthly classes, go to https://tiny.utk.edu/ExtensionExplores21.  This link will register participants for all sessions and send a verification email including the link for the zoom sessions. Registered individuals will receive reminders and resources that accompany each session. 

May Marathon Month

Click here for brochure.

Click here to register on-line.

Dining with Diabetes

Click here for brochure.

Tai Chi for Arthritis

For more information click here: Tai Chi Flyer

Take Charge of Your Diabetes Virtual Program

To register click here: tiny.utk.edu/TCYD
For more information click here: Take Charge of Your Diabetes Flyer