Health and Wellness

Welcome to the Health and Wellness programs in Travis County. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offers practical information for families on healthy eating, wellness and making informed decisions related to food quality and safety.

Read on to learn more about some of the programs and opportunities available in Travis County.


Dinner Tonight!DT
The Dinner Tonight! program encourages family mealtime by providing quick, nutritious, cost-effective recipes to consumers through video webcasts, Blogs and Facebook.

Join by filling in the form your email address and zip code at

View an archive of all videos and recipes at

Step Up & Scale Down
An innovative 12-week program designed to guide participants toward weight management goals through nutrition tips, exercise, and a personalized weight-loss planner. We offer a combination of online programs and face-to-face meetings in our office 1600-B Smith Rd, Austin, TX 78721 and in the community (schools, centers, and churches).


Week 1: Scale Down by Setting Goals
Week 2: Step up to a Healthy Plate
Week 3: Scale Down by Label Reading
Week 4: Step up to Breakfast and Menu Planning
Week 5: Scale Down with Moves to Lose
Week 6: Step Up Your Hydration
Week 7: Scale Down by Finding Your Motivational Mojo
Week 8: Step Up to Healthy Snacking
Week 9: Scale Down with a Colorful Plate
Week 10: Step Up to Successful Socializing
Week 11: Scale Down by Knowing your Numbers
Week 12: Step Up and Celebrate

Health and Wellness
Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service provides nutrition education to organizations, worksites, schools and communities. The amount of workshops are upon request.
For more information, please contact Sonia Coyle, FCH Agent at 512-854-9605 or


1. Portion Control and MyPlate
2. Principles for healthy weight loss
3. Menu Planning for a day and a week and nutrition labels
4. Healthy choices for Snacking and Breakfast. Understanding the current nutrition facts label
5. Smart and Successful Socializing
6. Knowing your Numbers and clinical implications
7. Keeping your motivation up and coping mechanisms to achieve a healthier you
8. Health Benefits of Physical Activity
9. Impact of Hydration in your health and healthy choices
10. Health benefits of fruits and vegetables according to their colors
11. Controlling Your Blood Pressure
12. Cholesterol matters, Be Heart Healthy
13. Dashing Your Way to Improve Health
14. Impact of Sugar in Your Health
15. FAD Diets

Walk Across Texas WAT
Walk Across Texas is a free 8-week program designed to help Texans establish the habit of regular physical activity. This program was created by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in 1996. From border to border, you and your team can walk 830 miles across the state. Check out our website at:

If you’re interested in signing up please contact Sonia Coyle, FCH Agent at 512-854-9605 or

Master Wellness Volunteer Program mwv
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is committed to “Improving Lives, Improving Texas” through relevant, research-based education. One of AgriLife Extension’s high-priority issues is helping Texans improve their health. Research shows that at least 50% of health status is due to lifestyle factors such as not using tobacco, being physically active, maintaining a normal weight and good nutrition, among many others. AgriLife Extension has numerous programs to help Texans learn and adopt behaviors that can positively impact their health and wellness. The challenge faced by our County Extension Agents is diffusing these programs among the audiences who are in need of such education.

Master Wellness Volunteer program provides volunteers with 40 hours of training in health and nutrition education. In return, the volunteers agree to give back 40 hours of service. The volunteer opportunities are diverse – giving presentations for local community groups, assisting with periodic cooking schools, distributing information at health fairs, and much more.

Get Involved

 Educational Resources

Useful Links

For More Information Contact:

Sonia Coyle
Family & Community Health Extension Agent
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County



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