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Jefferson County Family & Community Development

Home is where the heart is and family and health issues are at the heart of WVU Extension Family and Community Development. We offer a variety of nutritional classes and guidance, learning tools, outreach opportunities, and community connections. Programs are offered for all ages and groups and are generally free.

Get added to our local contact list and receive information about upcoming workshops, classes and other program events, by calling or emailing the Jefferson County Office.


Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS)

CEOSCEOS is a statewide club supporting West Virginia since 1914. Over the past decade, West Virginia CEOS members performed more than 5.6 million hours of service for communities in need. Supported by the WVU Extension Service, CEOS program areas of emphasis include preserving the environment, building family strengths, and increasing awareness of our global interdependence.


Community Educational Outreach Service


Family Nutrition Program

FNPThe Family Nutrition Program is comprised of numerous nutrition, food, and physical activity projects designed to help limited resource families, youth, and adults improve their health. FNP targets risk factors associated with obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic diseases.

Family Nutrition Program

Food Preservation

We Can Food PreservationFood preservation workshops are offered each spring and summer and your county Extension Agent is always available to answer your questions. We want you to preserve the bounty of the season and we want you to do it safely! For complete information on food preservation processes, learn about local food preservation workshops and/or visit the National Center for Home Food Preservation.

Food Preservation


Dinning with Diabetes

Diabetes is a common, serious, and costly disease. Many complications of diabetes can be controlled and even prevented by making lifestyles changes – scheduling regular doctor visits, improving eating habits, increasing physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight. The Dining with Diabetes program helps adults make lifestyle changes. It is a free program for those with diabetes and their family members. The series of four classes and a three-month follow-up includes clinical testing, nutrition information, recipe demonstrations, exercise, and group support.

Dining with Diabetes

Mental Health & Wellness

Learn and practice the basic tools of mindfulness and learn how and why mindfulness works. Call for more information or if you have a group interested in attending mindfulness classes.

Mental Health & Wellness


Food & Health News for Jefferson County

Dining with Diabetes Virtual Program

A close up of a couple cutting produce and cooking healthy meal.Dining with Diabetes - National Extension Working Group.

Dining with Diabetes is a series of classes that run once a week for four consecutive weeks (times vary to provide participants flexible options). A follow-up class will be scheduled three to four months later. Participants are expected to attend all classes. Dining with Diabetes is a free program that is open to individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetes, their family members, and their caregivers.


October Dining with Diabetes Virtual Program

Mother showing her daughter how to cook.Dining with Diabetes - National Extension Working Group.

Dining with Diabetes is a series of classes that runs once a week for four consecutive weeks. A follow up class will be scheduled three to four months later. Participants are expected to attend all classes. Dining with Diabetes is open to individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetes, their family members and their caregivers.


July Dining with Diabetes Virtual Program

Dining with Diabetes - Generational family cutting fresh produce.Dining with Diabetes - National Extension Working Group.

Dining with Diabetes is a series of classes that runs once a week for four consecutive weeks. A follow up class will be scheduled three to four months later. Participants are expected to attend all classes. Dining with Diabetes is open to individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetes, their family members and their caregivers.


Community, Business & Safety News for Jefferson County

Family & Community Development Webinars

Presenter: Tony Michael, Professor, Program Director, WVU Extension Family and Community Development


Join us Monday, January 31, for an Intro to Sustainable Rural Tourism Development Webinar

Like a pathway in a lush forest, sustainable tourism requires communication and collaboration to build a mentality of "haves" and "cans" in rural areas of places like WV to not be seen as competing for precious resources.

The 2022 Sustainable Rural Tourism Webinar Series kicks off at 11 a.m., on Monday, January 31 with an introduction to the concept. People interested in tourism and tourism professionals should plan to register online to attend throughout the year. Recordings will be available afterward for those not able to participate in person. 

Doug Arbogast, WVU Extension tourism expert, suggests participating in the series is a way that newcomers and veteran experts can come together to collaborate and create a brighter future for tourism in the Mountain State.


Safely Resuming Events/Activities

A woman with a face mask serves coffee through a drive thru window.

Attendance is limited to the Governor’s and local health department’s regulations, currently less than 25 (as of May 8, 2020). 

Remember that WVU Extension is not expected to screen students or staff to identify cases of COVID-19. If a community has cases of COVID-19, local health officials will help identify those individuals and will follow up on next steps.