COLUMN: Strough 7th grade Family and Consumer Science class learns about nutrition and food preparation

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Seventh graders in Ms. Jacobs-Mijolovic’s classroom at Strough Middle School made smoothies on January 19.

This is all part of the Family and Consumer Science class that covers nutrition and food preparation. Along the way they learn about the MyPlate guidelines and healthy food choices. In learning these, students also made posters of the "Six Essential Nutrients: protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, water."

During the year the students have also made cookies, cake, and breads.

Family and consumer sciences education has roots in both academic and career and technical education and reaches beyond the educational system into the community as it focuses on the needs of individuals and families.

“Some of the topics we cover in 7th grade include interpersonal relationships, effective communication, family dynamics, child development, nutrition, food preparation, and resource management,” said Jacobs-Mijolovic. Family and Consumer Sciences education empowers individuals and families across the lifespan to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse global society.

The unique focus is on families, work, and their inter-relationships.

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