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 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).

Upcoming classes open to the community:

  • Palm Elementary School (Bilingual class) at 7601 Dixie Dr. Austin, TX. 78744
  • Week 1 Lesson 1: Setting Goals -1/16/19
    Week 2, Lesson 2: A Healthy Plate and Planning meals -1/23/19
    Week 3, Lesson 3: Label Reading -1/30/19
    Week 4, Lesson 4: Breakfast, Snacks and Menu Planning -2/6/19
    Week 5, Lesson 5: Moves to Lose -2/13/19
    Week 6, Lesson 6: Your Hydration -2/20/19
    Week 7, Lesson 7: Finding your Motivational Mojo -2/27/19
    Week 8, Lesson 8: Healthy Snacking -3/6/19
    Week 9, Lesson 9: A Colorful Plate -3/13/19
    Spring Break
    Week 10, Lesson 10: Successful Socializing -3/27/19
    Week 11, Lesson 11: Knowing Your Numbers -4/3/19
    Week 12, Lesson 12: Celebrate -4/10/19

    Walk-Ins are welcome and classes are from 8:00 am to 9:00 am.

  • HeadStart/Child Inc. at Virginia Brown Center (Spanish class) at 7500 Blessing Ave. Austin, TX. 78752
  • Week 1, Lesson 1 & Lesson 2: -1/8/19
    Week 2, Lesson 3 & Lesson 4: -1/18/19
    Week 3, Lesson 5 & Lesson 6: -2/8/19
    Week 4, Lesson 7 & Lesson 8: -2/22/19
    Week 5, Lesson 9 & Lesson 10: -3/1/19
    Week 6, Lesson 11 & Lesson 12: -3/8/19

    Walk-Ins are welcome and classes are from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.

    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.

  • CommUnity Care Health Centers (Spanish class) at 1210 W. Braker Ln. Austin, TX. 78758
  • Week 1, Lesson: Control de porciones -2/9/19
    Week 2, Lesson: Planificar menus semanales -2/16/19
    Week 3, Lesson: Impacto del azucar en su salud -2/23/19

    Walk-Ins are welcome and classes are from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.

  • South HeadStart/Child Inc. (Spanish class) at 2508 Durwood Dr. Austin, TX. 78704
  • Week 1, Lesson: TBA -2/8/19
    Week 2, Lesson: TBA -2/22/19
    Week 3, Lesson: TBA -4/5/19
    Week 4, Lesson: TBA -4/26/19

    Walk-Ins are welcome and classes are from 9:30 am to 11:00 am.

  • Arise Ministries (English class) at 12129 N FM 620 Austin, TX. 78750
  • Week 1, Lesson: TBA -3/27/19
    Week 2, Lesson: TBA -4/17/19
    Week 3, Lesson: TBA -5/15/19

    Walk-Ins are welcome and classes are from 6:15 pm to 8:00 pm.

  • Wellness Workshops at Austin Public Libraries
  • Week 1, Lesson: FAD DIETS @ Willie MaeKirk Library -3/30/19
    Week 2, Lesson: Calorie Needs and Principles Healthy Weight Loss @ Willie MaeKirk Library -4/6/19
    Week 3, Lesson: TBA @ Windsor Park Library -4/27/19
    Week 4, Lesson: TBA @ Windsor Park Library -5/4/19

    Walk-Ins are welcome and classes are from 11:15 am to 12:45 am.

    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

    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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