Healthy Families


The Oregon State Extension Family and Community Health (FCH) Program offers educational opportunities to help Oregon families meet the practical challenges of daily life. Programs address critical issues for individuals,families, and communities and help Oregonians become healthy, financially secure, and responsible members of society. This is accomplished by faculty, volunteers, professionals, and support staff, who organize and conduct educational experiences through the media and in group settings.

The Family & Community Health Program Focus Areas Include:

  • Food Systems & Healthy Eating
  • Physical Activity & Active Lifestyles
  • Supporting Families Accross the Lifespan
  • Safety, Unintentional Injury, & Disability
  • Health Leadership & Community Change

FCH Faculty bring the research and expertise of the College of Health & Human Sciences to Columbia County Extension.  Programs focus on providing tools to improve the health and wellness of you and your family through education and empowerment.  

Visit the OSU Extension Family and Community Health Program's state website:

Healthy Recipes and Ideas:

Please visit Food Hero to find quick, tasty, and healthy recipes for your family!

Family meal times can be challenging. Many parents feel like they have limited time and resources to make a family friendly meal at home. In Columbia County and around the state, Extension Educators are challenging students to focus on nutritious mealtimes through monthly Food Hero lessons where they get to sample new foods and prepare Food Hero recipes.  Students wash produce, practice knife safety, sample a variety of healthy foods, all while learning about MyPlate. After each lesson, students take the recipe home to share with their families, as well as give feedback on how they liked the recipe.  Schools that participate in this nutrition education partnership also receive monthly newsletters, physical activity support in the classroom, and food tasting in the cafeterias. Columbia County students and families love being Food Heroes. To learn more about our Food Hero Kids in Columbia County contact Nutrition Education Program Assistant Claire Catt, by email, or at (503) 397-3462.




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