Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station | [Cooperative Extension of Mercer County]

Family & Community Health Sciences

Family and Community Health Sciences Mission Statement: Family and Community Health Sciences, a part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, promotes health and wellness through education, research and collaboration with outreach in food, nutrition, and healthy lifestyles.

Family and Community Health Sciences (FCHS) helps people stay healthy, enjoy life, be active, and reduce health care costs. Many of today's health problems--obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer--can be reduced through good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. FCHS encourages today's busy families and individuals to learn more and make personal choices to improve health. FCHS combines research and practical advice to improve your health for a better tomorrow.

Get Moving - Get Healthy New Jersey Key Initiatives

FCHS Outreach Focuses On

  • Nutrition, Physical Activity and Health
  • School and Child Care Wellness
  • Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Food Safety and Food Allergy
  • Food Security

Programs Offered

  • School Wellness Initiatives for Students, Parents, Staff, and Wellness Councils
  • Early Care Education/Child Care Wellness Initiatives
  • Professional Development Training on Programming for Clientele with Developmental Disabilities
  • Nutrition Education for Older Adults
  • "Early Stages": Informative Programs for New Parents
  • Farmers Market Cooking Demonstrations
  • Take Control of Your Health: Chronic Disease Self-Management Program©
  • Shopping Smart Programs Get the most nutrition for your money!
  • Employee Wellness Programs

Greater Mercer Public Health Partnership Check out the Health Happenings and Services in Mercer County. Visit



  • New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids Trenton
  • Trenton Healthy Food and Fitness Network
  • Trenton Public Schools
  • Greater Mercer Public Health Partnership
  • Hunterdon-Mercer Regional Chronic Disease Coalition
  • Mercer County Nutrition Project for the Elderly
  • Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County
  • Family Resource Network GetFIT
  • Trenton Health Team

Professional Memberships

  • National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS)
  • Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB)
  • American School Health Association (ASHA)
  • Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP): National Extension Honor Society


Michelle Brill, M.P.H., Family and Community Health Sciences Educator
Telephone: 609-989-6831