The focus of the FCS program is to improve individual and family behaviors, and community well-being. Agents offer programs aimed at  providing education and resources relating to social, cultural, historical, and economic trends. A wide range of family issues such as changing family structures; intergenerational relations; human response to stress and crisis; family laws, finance and economics; and decision-making are included. 
Jackie Rumph, Yellowstone County's Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, is dedicated to enhancing relationships among individuals, families and the communities in which they function. Some of the programs she facilitates in Yellowstone County include Grandparent's Raising Grandchildren, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, Arthritis Exercise Classes, a variety of financial and estate planning workshops. Coming from a background in Dietetics she is passionate about nutrition, exercise and healthy body image and participates in numerous workshops and training sessions on these topics as well as home maintenance and food preservation.

CHAIR YOGA CLASSMSU Extension Yellowstone County is partnering with The Crossings Independent Living facility in Laurel, MT to offer a chair yoga class to the community.  Classes will be held on Mondays for 6 weeks beginning October 2, 2017 in the Crossings Community Room from 10-11 AM . 

The series is taught by a certified yoga instructor who will develop a program to meet individual goals and physical capabilities.  Participants will learn tools to reduce stress, improve strength, flexibility and balance all while meeting others in the Laurel community. 

Cost for all six classes is $18 or $3 a class. Pre-registration is required and closes October 13, 2017.   For questions or to register call Jackie Rumph at MSU-Extension Yellowstone County (406) 256-2828.   Scholarships are available.



Mountain-Pacific Quality Health and MSU Extension Yellowstone County are partnering to offer six, free Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP)TM classes that will provide older adults with skills to control their diabetes and slow its progression, . These classes offer fun, informative and interactive ways to help people:

  • understand diabetes and how it affects their bodies
  • manage diabetes in a way that makes sense for them and their health improvement goals
  • become more informed members of their health care teams, as they continue to work with doctors, certified diabetes educators and other health care providers to improve their health

DEEPTM classes are designed for people with Medicare, but all are welcome to attend. Class are informative but do not replace education from health care providers or certified diabetes educators. Class instruction includes educational games and chances to win prizes.

DEEPTM classes meet every Thursday from 3:00-4:30 pm, October 5 through November 16 at The Crossings located at 600 Roundhouse Dr., Laurel, MT 59044. Registration is required, contact Jackie Rumph at MSU Extension at 256-2828. Class size is limited.



Often when considering Estate Planning we think of all the titled property that needs transferred, such as homes, cars, and equipment.  However, this is not the only property that is important to those left behind.  Whether it is your grandma's yellow pie plate or your grandpa's shot gun, there are many non-titled items that share emotional as well as monetary value. 

Attend this educational program presented on October 9 at 4pm and again on October 11 at 6pm to consider the different ways to transfer non-titled property and the many values that accompany this transfer. Join us at the Lockwood Schools Administration Office Board Room (Located on US Highway 87 E).  Pre-Registration is required by calling Lockwood Schools Adult Education Coordinator, Kacee Swoboda at (406) 696-4717 or email her at swobodak@lockwoodschool.org.  

For questions contact:  Jackie Rumph at 256-2828.



Living Independently for Today and Tomorrow (LIFTT) is partnering with MSU-Extension Yellowstone County to offer a three part nutrition and wellness class. Classes will be held on October 4, 11, and 18, from 2-3 PM in LIFTT's community room located at 1201 Grand Avenue in Billings. 

MyPlate is the current nutrition guide published by the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, a food circle (i.e. pie chart) depicting a place setting with a plate and glass divided into five food groups.  MyPlate recommends portion control while still enjoying food, as well as reductions in sodium and sugar intakes.

Small changes, repeated over time, help each of us to reduce our risk factors for chronic disease including obesity, diabetes, hypertension and certain cancers and help us to feel better and do better in everyday activities.

For simple, easy tips to start small changes to a healthier you, register now by calling Jackie Rumph at MSU-Extension Yellowstone County (406) 256-2828.