Family Health & Wellness

Health and wellness is exemplified as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being - not merely the absence of disease. Health and wellness is directly connected to quality of life. The Extension Family and Consumer Sciences mission is to promote improved quality of life for individuals, families and communities.

Positive health and wellness is an active process of awareness and making choices toward a more successful existence. Research indicates that Americans who take care of themselves and manage their lifestyles are healthier, more productive, have fewer absences from work, and make fewer demands for medical services.

Dr. Sonja Koukel
New Mexico State University
Cooperative Extension Service
PO Box 30003 MSC 3AE
Las Cruces, NM 88003-0003
Phone: 575-646-3006
Fax: 575-646-1889


Chronic Disease Self-Management

Persons with chronic disease can benefit by learning skills to manage their symptoms, to communicate effectively with their health care team, and to manage their fear, anger and frustration. Having access to chronic disease self-management programs that provide opportunities to learn and practice these skills help people lead lives that are less limited by their illness.

StrongWomen Programs

The StrongWomen Programs are evidence based. Certification for program leaders is offered through Tufts University. There are two different StrongWomen Programs offered in New Mexico:

  • StrongWomen Healthy Hearts
  • StrongWomen Strong Bones

Both programs encourage women (and men) of all ages to live stronger, healthier lives by providing knowledge, inspiration, access to programs, and ongoing support.

General Extension Health Related Resources

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Dr. Sonja Koukel Family Health & Wellness Specialist