Our nutrition and wellness education has a main focus on addressing overweight/obesity. The prevalence of obesity (29% in Bell County) in more than 60% of the adult Texas population has tripled in children and adolescents. Adult physical inactivity in Bell County is 28%.
With this in mind, we offer several programs aimed to help increase healthy lifestyle habits such as eating more fruits and vegetables and getting in more physical activity.
Step Up and Scale Down is a 12-lesson researched-based program based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. Lessons focus on setting goals, creating a healthy plate, healthy snacking, hydration tips, and much more! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that evidence shows people who lose weight gradually and steadily (about 1 to 2 pounds per week) are more successful at keeping weight off. Step Up and Scale Down provides participants with information to change lifestyle habits for a healthy weight maintenance.
Walk Across Texas is a free 8-week program designed to help Texans establish the habit of regular physical activity. Physical Activity has many benefits including maintaining a healthy weight, reducing the risk of certain conditions like cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, and strengthening bones and muscles.
Dinner Tonight was developed to provide busy families with quick, healthy, cost-effective recipes that taste great. Sign up here to receive recipes and video demonstrations by email. You can also find information here on our upcoming cooking schools around the state.