Community Health and Wellness

Welcome to the Community 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

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. A combination of online programs and face-to-face (5 meetings) from January 30, 2018 through April 17, 2018. Meetings on week 1 on 1/30, week 2 on 2/6, week 6 on 3/6, week 9 on 3/27 & week 12 on 4/17/18. From 5:30-6:30 p.m. at 1600-B Smith Rd, Austin, TX 78721. Registration is currently closed.

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

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, Eat Smart Live Strong, FAD diets.

Food Preservation WorkshopFood-Preservation
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office of Travis County offers two Food Preservation Workshops at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office located at 1600-B Smith Rd, Austin, TX 78721. Topics covered include 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 workshops will be taught by Elsie Lacy, Family and Community Health Agent from Caldwell County. The workshops are open to adults and youth, who are 8 years of age and up.

First workshop: Water Bath Canning
Date: April 28, 2018
Time: 9:30-11:30 am

Second Workshop: Pressure Canning
Date: May 12, 2018
Time: 9:30-11:30 am

For more information, please contact Sonia Coyle, FCH 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 programs Eat Smart Live Strong and 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 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:

Alexa Heras
Volunteer Coordinator


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For More Information Contact:

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



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