May is Mental Health Awareness and Acceptance Month and a good reminder to take care of your own mental health needs as well as checking in on the mental health of loved ones. Destigmatizing mental illness and accessing professional help when needed are important steps to feel healthier and happier in everyday life. Some ways you can destigmatize mental health illness for yourself, loved ones or just people you encounter are:

  • Talk Openly About Mental Health
  • Educate Yourself And Others
  • Be Conscious Of Language
  • Encourage Equality Between Physical And Mental Illness
  • Show Compassion For Those With Mental Illness
  • Choose Empowerment Over Shame
  • Be Honest About Treatment
  • Let The Media Know When They’re Being Stigmatizing
  • Don’t Harbor Self-Stigma


FCE Program Updates


The Hudson River Valley is a premier fishing location. There are many spots along the Hudson River, local ponds, and tributaries to explore. But aside from Fishing being an excellent sport, there can be great health benefits for your physical and mental wellbeing.

Fishing is a low-impact cardio activity that can be as active or easy-going as you would like. More than 80% of adults do not meet the guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities. Similarly, more than 80% of adolescents do not do enough aerobic physical activity to meet the guidelines for youth in the United States.

Fishing can be a great way to get some fresh air and vitamin D from sunshine.

Fishing outdoors can increase your vitamin D. As little as 10 to 15 minutes in the direct sun a few days a week can give us most of the vitamin D our body needs to maintain a healthy immune system, bones and muscles while protecting us from cognitive decline. In addition, Vitamin D has been linked to fighting depression. Recent research has suggested that Fishing can improve analytical skills, build confidence, help you reflect and relax.

Fish has many nutritional benefits as well. It is a great source of low-fat protein packed with omega 3 and more. So cast a line and create fun family memories while enjoying the many benefits of fishing.

Not sure about the fish you just caught, check the areas fishing advisory here

Want more information or to schedule an informational activity? Contact Maureen 845-677-8223 ext. 122

RAPP Report

In addition to our regular RAPP gatherings every month, May brings preparations for those families who may have children interested in attending summer camps locally.

Our program provides summer camp tuition assistance and applications are being collected now.

We are also excited for our annual summer picnic! This event is always well attended and allows families to gather and socialize with staff and also many of our PAC members*.

Our Annual RAPP Picnic is scheduled for June 9th and our families have already been notified and RSVPs are coming in.

Please contact Jessica 845-677-8223 ext. 137 or Maureen at 845-677-8223 ext. 122 for more information.

*What is a PAC member? The Family and Consumer (FCE) Education Program is governed by a Program Advisory Council; volunteers who actively support the initiatives of the FCE and contribute their time, talents and skills to enhancing our success.

2022 Annual RAPP Picnic


May is mental health awareness month. There is such stigma surrounding mental health for all age ranges. Youth and teenagers especially struggle with this topic. This link provides YA (Young Adult) books that deal with mental health topics that teens can relate to.

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! This website provides more than 20 easy child made craft gifts for mom. From plastic spoon flowers to mason jar votives, to earring holders, there’s something for every mom.


May moves financial literacy education into a busy presentation season with on-site workshops provided for young adults, adults or seniors.

The Money Smart for Older Adults Program raises awareness among older adults and their caregivers on how to prevent elder financial exploitation and encourages advance planning and informed financial decision-making.

  • Elder financial exploitation.
  • Identity theft and scams.
  • Ability to manage your finances.
  • Prepare for life events.

This 2-hour workshop presents practical information and local resources for community groups and organizations.

Click here for information and to schedule an event.

The Family and Consumer Education (FCE) program strives to ensure that families facing challenges in parenting, family finances, and wellness and nutrition find the resources and education they need to improve their lives.

FCE creates connections for residents with the latest, evidence-based research and practical information that can be directly applied to their day-to-day lives.

We work to strengthen individual knowledge and skills while providing community level and County wide education.


Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities. This program is partially funded by the County of Dutchess, Dutchess County office for the Aging, and New York State Office of Children and Family Services. Please contact the Cornell Cooperative Extension office if you have any special needs.

Wishes would come true with you! FCE needs ongoing supplies for our parenting programs. Click here to see how you can enhance our programming today!

Need to reach a member of the team?

Jessica M Canale- Program Leader

Maureen Rodriguez Callamari

Amber Dulavey

Ashley Furs

Heather L. Ohlson

Click here for previous FCE Update: Newsletters!

Thanks for your support and collaboration! 

Are you a collaborative program or agency that needs information shared to the FCE community? Email Heather!