Healthy South Texas

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Welcome to the Healthy South Texas page!

Healthy Texas is the combination of Texas A&M University Health Science Center with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service‘s partnership to bring better resources, knowledge and programs to better our community’s health.

“Our comprehensive, multidisciplinary team promotes preventive health at the most local level of the community, improving the well-being of Texans for generations to come. We engage families, enhance education, promote behavior change and improve quality of medical care and health outcomes,” – Healthy Texas team

Upcoming Webb County Healthy South Texas Programs 2018:

This 8-week physical activity program focuses on promoting healthy, active lifestyles by encouraging participants to register either as a solo-walker or in teams of up to 8 members. The goal of the program is to walk a collective amount of 832 miles by the end of the 8 weeks. Beginning with a kick-off event, participants will track their miles on our Walk Across Texas website and can view their progress.

Dinner Tonight is a multi-faceted healthy cooking school that offers our community tips, tricks, recipes, info-graphics and much more. Weekly newsletters, YouTube recipe videos, an interactive website, and an annual Healthy Cooking School event offers information on nutrition, family mealtime, food safety, food preparation, among other helpful hints on our Dinner Tonight website and social media.

 

Cooking Well with Diabetes is a series of four, fun, interactive classes packed with research based information and delicious diabetes friendly recipes. For more information about upcoming classes, contact your county extension agent or partnering organization. Topics include: 1.) Carbohydrate Foods, Recognizing carbohydrate in recipes and using sweeteners effectively, 2.) Make Recipes with Fat: Better for You and Healthy fats & fat substitutions, 3.) Double Pleasure Side Dishes: Reducing sodium and increasing fiber, 4.) Celebrating Sensibly: Special event recipes that are healthy and delicious.

Family & Community Health programs have a strong commitment to family health, and this allows us to showcase Extensions’ extensive FCH programming. County Extension Agents are being asked to include the importance of family mealtime in their educational event(s) as it helps increase family health and wellness. Materials included in this toolkit are designed to help with implementation and provide supplemental materials for programming efforts in place in the county. In Webb County, Family Mealtime will be celebrated through the Dinner Tonight: Foodie Group meeting September 29th from 11:00 – 12:30 p.m. at LBV Inner City Library.

LGEG is an evidence-based program with predictable outcomes when the program is implemented fully using all program components. The randomized controlled trial study with 1369 students and 1206 parents demonstrated significant nutrition and physical activity behavioral outcomes and reduced child overweight. Assuring full implementation of all program components would provide high confidence in obtaining outcomes similar to those outcomes of the research project.

¡Sí, Yo Puedo Controlar Mí Diabetes! (Sí, Yo Puedo) is a culturally relevant diabetes self-management education program targeting Hispanic/Latinos. Sí, Yo Puedo is catered for Spanish-speaking and English audiences. It is a eight-weekly two hour lessons with an experiential, empowerment-based curriculum. Classes provide a hands-on, practical experience in diabetes education. Signature activities include video novelas, food sorting activity, and goal setting.


For more information on Healthy South Texas, visit our Healthy Texas page.

For more information on local events, contact:

Angie Sifuentes, County Extension Agent – Family & Community Health

Martha Ramirez, County Extension Agent – Agriculture & Natural Resources

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