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NMSU contributes to annual family and consumer sciences meeting

Strategies for strengthening today's families will be the focus of the New Mexico Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual meeting in Las Cruces. The conference will feature speakers from New Mexico State University.

The meeting is April 19 and 20 at the Best Western Mesilla Valley Inn, 901 Avenida de Mesilla. The theme of the conference is "Strengthening the Circle of Family Life."

Experts will cover a number of fields, speaking about leadership, family strengthening/wellness, health and wellness, fitness, parenting, nutrition, family clothing needs, adolescents, family law, aging families, bonding and attachment of children, and family technology.

Family and consumer sciences professionals, middle school and high school teachers, public health professionals, professors, students, nutritionists, dietitians and home economists are among those expected to attend this state meeting.

The event begins on Thursday, April 19, with board meetings and registration. The main event kicks off at 2:30 p.m. with a training workshop titled "Leadership Skills for Successful Professionals." College students from across New Mexico will then convene for a student unit meeting. Later in the evening, past presidents of the association will be honored, followed by an ice cream social and game night.

Friday's schedule includes displays and exhibits, a panel of new professionals on "Humorous Highlights of Year on the Job," a keynote address, annual business meeting, awards luncheon, educational session carousels, a raffle and wrap-up.

Founded in 1930, the New Mexico Association of Family and Consumer Sciences is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. NMAFCS is dedicated to the same mission as AAFCS.

The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences was founded in 1909 and is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing people together to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities. The organization's 8,000 members are elementary, secondary, and post-secondary educators, researchers, and administrators; Cooperative Extension educators; and other professionals in business and industry, non-profit organizations, and government.

Non-members of the association are welcomed and encouraged to attend the meeting. For further information on registration, contact Jacquelyn Madrid at (505) 760-3865, jacquelyn.madrid@state.nm.us or Karim Martinez at (505) 525-6649, karmarti@nmsu.edu.

NMSU's participation is an example of university's continuing outreach efforts to help educate and improve the lives of people around New Mexico and the region.