Better Lives, Stronger Communities

OSU Extension family and consumer sciences (FCS) gives people the knowledge, skills and tools needed to make healthy, informed choices. We teach and promote safe food practices, better nutrition, better finances and better relationships – helping people acquire the knowledge and skills to make smart decisions in these areas.

Our family and consumer sciences professionals turn evidence-based, impartial, current research into useful information that can improve the quality of people’s lives. We work to make information accessible to all Ohioans.

You can count on FCS to provide reliable, evidence-based information to encourage – and empower – people to adopt practices and behaviors to improve their finances, build more positive relationships with friends and family, and embrace healthier, nutritious lifestyles.

Lisa Barlage and Ryan Kline, Extension Educators, welcome you to the Ross County Family & Consumer Sciences program. The FCS program focuses on building Healthy People, Healthy Finances, and Healthy Relationships. 


Level 2 Food Safety Training Now Available

Food Safety Level 2 online training is being offered by Ohio State University Extension in partnership with TAP Series. This program meets Ohio Department of Health requirements for Level 2 Certification in Food Protection.

Registration fee of $150 is non-refundable for both the online class and exam.  There is an additional fee of $25, if you need to reschedule your test date.  The ServSafe Manager exam is proctored by an OSU Extension Educator who is a Certified ServSafe® Proctor.

You can also learn more about all OSU Extension family and consumer sciences programs at

FCS Website Resources Safe Sitter
Health and Wellness Programs Food Preservation Info
OSU-E BLOG:  Live Healthy, Live Well Recipes for Healthy Eating

Additional Resources

Extension has been helping all Ohioans build better lives, better businesses and better communities since 1914.