Family and Community Health


Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Family & Community Health (FCH) Unit

Helps Texans better their lives through science-based educational programs designed to improve the overall health and wellness of individuals, families, and communities. Programming is  based on:

Families • Health • Parenting • Children with Disabilities • Clothing • House & Home •

Food & Nutrition • Money • Youth • Safety • Master Wellness •


Mission Statement:  Improving the lives of people, businesses, and communities in the El Paso County, and beyond through high quality, relevant education.
Vision Statement:Our vision is to be the premier provider of relevant continuing education, developed through grassroots issue identification, with stakeholder involvement in planning and delivery.

Through our programming and education we have several goals:

Goal 1: Improve Family Life for Texans

Goal 2: Helping People in Texas Eat Better and Safer

Goal 3: Helping Families and Individuals Manage Their Resources

Goal 4: Improve the Health and Wellness of Texans


Helps Texans better their lives through science ­based educational programs. Programs are developed by subject matter experts and delivered throughout the state by a network of local educators and volunteers. FCH focuses on topics such as adult general health, chronic disease prevention, nutrition, diet and healthy weight, passenger and community safety and buiding strong families. The goal of the FCH unit is to encourage lifelong health and well-being for every person, every family, and every community.


  • Cooking Well With Diabetes

4 class series providing education on healthy and balanced meals to support a meal plan for managing diabetes.

  • Carbohydrate foods
  • Making recipes with fat better for you
  • Double your pleasure side dishes
  • Celebrating sensibly
  • Cooking Well For Healthy Blood Pressure

3 class series providing education on healthy and balanced meals to support a meal plan for managing hypertension

  • DASHing your way to improved health
  • A virtual grocery store tour
  • Cooking with spices and herbs
  • Managing Diabetes During Stressful Times

30 min presentation on tips to consider during stressful/irregular times of disease management


Brief 30 min presentation designed to raise awareness on chronic disease prevention

  • Controlling Blood Pressure

Learn how to “Measure, Monitor, and Maintain a healthy blood pressure

Cholesterol Matters

Learn the importance of keeping cholesterol levels in a healthy range

  • Get Screened, Cancer

Information on cancer screening guidelines

  • Be F.A.S.T. Stroke

Information on the warning signs of stroke

  • Heart to Heart

What women should know about heart attacks

  • Power to Prevent Diabetes

Increasing awareness about prediabetes


  • Mindfulness for Healthy Living

3 classes series to equip adults with knowledge and skills to strengthen the mind and body connection

*Mindful foundations

*Mindful breathing and eating *mindful living

  • Laugh a Latte

The importance of laughter and health

  • Would you like to be Happier?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Key to happiness is training yourself to focus on the present moment.
  • Stress Less: Mind Matters                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Tips to manage routine stressors of daily life

Educational programming is available through group methods such as workshops, seminars and classes; multimedia techniques such as exhibits, conferences, newsletters, radio, television and newspaper; and responses to individual requests as well.

For more information Please contact :

Dr. Angelee Gigi Shamaley
El Paso County | Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

301 Manny Martinez, 2nd Floor

El Paso, TX 79905

p: (915)273-3502 X 2321



Educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin. 
*Family and Community Health is a discipline that combines aspects of social and natural science. County Extension Agents in the field of FCH educate the members of their community in many ways. They seek to connect people to the many relationships between individuals, their families, their communities, and their environment in which they live. The field represents many disciplines including consumer sciences, apparel design, as well as other related subjects.
FCH Education is the focus of individuals and families living in society throughout their entire life span. The focus on families/individuals and their interrelationships with their community is an important awareness to help communities thrive. FCH is also known as human sciences or home economics. It is also sometimes referred to as human ecology, though this term is used for several disciplines.

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