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.

Upcoming Events

Wellness Weekend Workshops

This is a free event  but space is limited.
Attendees should RSVP to Angela Reyes at amreyes@ag.tamu.ed

For further information, contact Sonia Coyle at 512-854-9605.

Wellness Workshops
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County is presenting a 3-Month Series of wellness workshops at Arise Ministries focused on promoting health and healthy weight in adults. The objective of these workshops is to provide participants with information and direction on how they can find better health through best practices.

This is a free event  but space is limited.
Attendees should RSVP to Sonia Coyle

For further information, contact Sonia Coyle at 512-854-9605.

Dinner Tonight!DT
The Dinner Tonight! program encourages family mealtime by providing quick, nutritious, cost-effective recipes to consumers through weekly video webcasts, blogs and Facebook. Every week, we share a new video and printable recipe with our Travis County email list.

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).

For more information, please contact Sonia Coyle, FCH Agent at 512-854-9605 or

Wellness Workshops
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office offers health and wellness workshops to the community and organizations who would like to learn skills to adapt a healthy lifestyle. If you would like to offer health and wellness workshops at your facility contact us!

Topics for workshops:
Portion Control, Principles for healthy weight loss, Menu Planning, Healthy choices for snacking and breakfast, Smart and Successful Socializing, Knowing your numbers and clinical implications, Keeping your motivation up and learning coping mechanisms to achieve a healthier you, Health benefits of physical activity, Impact of hydration in your health and health choices, Health benefits of vegetables according to their colors, Controlling blood pressure, Cholesterol matters, DASHing your way to improve health, FAD diets, Impact of Sugar in your Health.

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

Better Living for Texans
Obesity, heart disease and hypertension are conditions which are more prevalent in low income populations. These health conditions can be improved thru consumption of a healthy eating plan as affirmed in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and taught to low income populations by our Extension staff using the Better Living for Texans program. Better Living for Texans (BLT) with programs “Be Well Live Well” and “A Fresh Start To A Healthier You” provide nutrition education under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to assist eligible individuals. Participants will acquire the knowledge to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors that are consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Food Guidance System, and to improve their handling and preparation of food.

For more information, please contact Sonia Coyle, FCH Agent at 512-854-9605 or

Health Coach

Do you want to get healthy and feel amazing? Health and Wellness coaching is an inspiring and effective way to empower you to successfully reach your health and wellness goals. Coaching will help you focus on taking action to move toward your ideal wellness through conversation-based inquiry, personal discovery and goal setting.

Work with your personal coach Lydia in one-on-one sessions where you are able to express your goals and challenges in a confidential and judgment-free environment.

Sleep, stress, weight-loss, smoking cessation, healthy eating, general wellness, increased health, vitality, energy and joy are just some of the topics we can focus us.
Let me know how you want to feel!

Sessions will be over soon. This is a free community offering through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension program exclusively available remotely.
Please note: For your convenience you may telecommute to your session from wherever is best for you! There will be no in-person meetings or sessions! Please simple have a quiet space where we can have a conversation focused exclusively on you.

Policy for booking and cancellations:
I am so happy to partner with you on your journey! On the honor system please follow the following guidelines and policies so that we can best utilize our time.

  1. Please let aside this time for yourself and block it off on your calendar. Self-care allows us to show up for ourselves, our families, our profession and our lives. Please mark this time as important and reserve it to take care of you.
  2. Please book your sessions in advance as slots tend to fill up. We request that you give us at least three days so that we can reserve your slot.
  3. If you know you cannot make your session please give us as much notice as possible, no later than 24 hours before the scheduled time so the slot can be opened up for someone else.
  4. A late cancellation is better than a no-show. Please respect the time I am dedicated to helping you on your journey to wellness and health.
  5. After two late cancellations or no-shows we regret you will no longer be able to book coaching through the AgriLife Extension program. Thank you so much for your interest! We look forward to learning more about you.

Warm Regards,


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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.

Our next training starts January 30, 2019 from 9-3 pm and ends February 20, 2019 from 9-3 pm.

For more information, please contact:

Alexa Heras
Volunteer Coordinator


Get Involved

 Educational Resources

Useful Links

For More Information Contact:

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



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