Launched in September 2015 in the 27 southernmost counties of the state, from Brazoria to Cameron County, Healthy South Texas is the pilot program of Healthy Texas and focuses on reducing the highest impact diseases and their consequences in the region. This accounts for about 10 percent of the state’s population, much of which are underserved and under-resourced. The general population here outnumbers physicians 1,000 to one, and five of these counties have no physician at all.
The vision of Healthy South Texas is to foster creative and sustainable partnerships across Texas communities that will demonstrate improvement of health outcomes with an emphasis on the most vulnerable populations, through education, services, research, and policy change. When partnering both the clinical and public health expertise of Texas A&M University Health Science Center (Texas A&M Health) with the unmatched statewide network of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, they can engage communities across Texas in effective health education programming.
Healthy South Texas has enhanced the health of thousands of Texans through prevention education, self-management health programs, health professional education and training, and wellness activities focused on diabetes, nutrition, physical activity, youth outreach, and family health. The initiative uses existing infrastructure to reach Texans and improve population health.
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The Texas 4-H Family & Community Health Program provides a variety of resources and opportunities to learn about nutrition, interior design, consumer education and more.
The 10-10,000 Change Challenge is a premiere program from the Family & Community Health unit to develop an active lifestyle that meets physical activity recommendations for general health and chronic disease prevention
Balancing Food & Play (grades 3rd-5th) was developed to address children’s health issues by developing lifelong healthy behaviors through nutrition, physical activity, and family engagement.
Health Talk Express looks to raise awareness about chronic disease reduction. These programs challenge the audience to practice a health-promoting behavior to lower disease risk.
Scrub Up, Tune Up is part of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Family and Community Health Unit program with efforts in infectious disease prevention.
Better Living for Texans program provides research and evidence-based nutrition, health and wellness knowledge to empower individuals, families, and communities to make positive changes for healthier lives.