Nutrition, Health, and Wellness

Welcome to the Nutrition, Health and Wellness programs in Travis County. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offers practical information for families on eating well, staying healthy, 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

Healthy Cooking School
The healthy cooking school provides an opportunity to combine the resources and expertise of Texas A&M University System personnel, and is a great way for TeDTxans to get together in a fun environment and have our experts and others show how to plan and prepare healthy meals.

For our next Healthy Cooking School the date and location information will be provided at a later time.

Step Up & Scale DownSUSD logo
An innovative 12-week program designed to guide participants toward weight management goals through nutrition tips, exercise, and a personalized weight-loss planner. This will be in the form of face-to-face (5 meetings) and online programs. From April 11, 2017 through June 27, 2017, Meetings on week 1 on 4/11, week 2 on 4/18, week 6 on 5/16, week 9 on 6/6 & week 12 on 6/27/17. From 5:30-6:30 p.m. at 1600-B Smith Rd, Austin, TX 78721. Registration is open until June 6, 2017.

For more information, please contact Sonia Coyle, FCS Agent at 512-854-9605 or
To register online:
To register by phone: 979-845-2604

Food Preservation WorkshopFood-Preservation
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office of Travis County conducted two Food Preservation Workshops in 2017 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office located at 1600-B Smith Rd, Austin, TX 78721. Topics covered included basics of water-bath canning, basics of pressure canning, food safety concerns when canning and the “Ten Commandments” of canning food safely at home.

The first workshop was taught by Dr. Connie Shepard, Family and Consumer Sciences agent from Comal County. The second workshop was taught by Elsie Lacy, Family and Consumer Sciences agent from Caldwell county. The workshops were open to adults and youth, who are 8 years of age and up.

For more information, please contact Sonia Coyle, FCS Agent at 512-854-9605.
To register online:
To register by phone: 979-845-2604

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:

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 the curriculum To A Healthier You is a program being implemented under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). BLT Provides nutrition education to assist SNAP eligible individuals and families acquire the knowledge to adopt eating and lifestyle behaviors that are consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Food Guidance System, and My Plate to improve their handling and preparation of food.

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.

For more information, please contact Rachel Nannola, Volunteer Coordinator at or 512-854-9598.

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 Educational Resources

Useful Links

For More Information Contact:

Sonia Coyle
Family & Consumer Sciences Agent
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County

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