While individuals go to gyms and eat better to fulfill New Year’s resolutions, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and collaborators continue their mission of health and wellness education and outreach to families and communities throughout Texas.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service statewide health and wellness programs include:
- Healthy Texas – A collaboration with the Texas A&M Health Science Center that began as the Healthy South Texas pilot program — a 27-county program in under served areas of the state — focusing on diabetes, asthma and infectious diseases. It has expanded to other parts of the state, developing partnerships in a more comprehensive effort to reduce preventable diseases and lower health care costs.
- Walk Across Texas – An eight-week program designed to help people of all ages establish the habit of regular physical activity. Solo walkers, teams or groups are challenged to walk 832 miles — the distance from the farthest west to east point in the state. In 2017, more than 47,000 youth and adults in 155 counties participated, logging more than 4.5 million miles.
- Master Wellness Volunteers – Volunteers are trained in how to extend AgriLife Extension outreach and education related to health, nutrition, food safety and family well-being in the communities where they live and work. In 2016, Master Wellness Volunteers provided 5,962 hours of service reaching 36,036 Texans.
- Dinner Tonight – This program encourages family mealtime and provides families with quick, easy, healthy and cost-effective recipes. It also offers healthy cooking classes, provides weekly online video demonstrations of cooking tips and meal preparation techniques, menu planning and healthy living.
- Step Up and Scale Down – This 12-week program is designed to help participants achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Using USDA dietary guidelines, the program focuses on promoting habits that encourage a healthy lifestyle, lead to weight reduction and reduce the risk of chronic disease.
- Learn, Grow, Eat and Go – A project of the International Junior Master Gardener Program that engages youth in a combination of academic achievement, gardening, nutritional food experiences, physical activity, and school and family engagement. More than 4,600 students across the state participated in this program in 2017.
Through the application of science-based knowledge, AgriLife Extension creates high-quality, relevant continuing education that encourages lasting and effective change.
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