The Working on Wellness project is focused on improving the health environment of Starr County by increasing the residents’ access to:
- fresh fruits and vegetables,
- physical activity opportunities/places to be active,
- smoke-free environments, and
- preventive community and clinical health care.
During year two of this five-year project, significant improvements were made.
- The local mobile farmer’s market reached over 7,500 Starr County residents within identified food deserts and colonias areas. Over 19,400 pounds of locally grown produce was sold at 23 mobile market sites.
- Seven school and community gardens that promote fresh produce consumption, as well as physical activity, were maintained. The gardens yielded 5,895 pounds of fresh produce, which were distributed to families, garden volunteers, and area church and food pantries.
- One community park was revitalized with the installation of lights, benches, repainting, and cleanup of playground equipment. The park and walking trail are now in full use. Additionally, work began on enhancing a city park to include fitness stations, resurfacing of walking paths, and mileage markers. Evaluation of park usage is currently underway.
Eagles’ Garden Video
For more information, please see the Working on Wellness website.