Nutrition Education Programs
To support healthy eating habits that can prevent numerous diseases, we offer multiple nutrition education activities that enable participants to make smarter food choices for their families.
Cooking Well with Diabetes
Cooking Well with Diabetes takes a closer look at foods and recipes to help us make small changes that better our health. These lessons give tips on planning, shopping and prepping meals that add balance to our eating, while allowing flexibility to savor our favorites. We include and lead you to healthy, delicious and easy-to-make at home meals–all while helping to manage your health needs.
Currently, Cooking Well with Diabetes is available virtually, conducted by our amazing Family and Community Health Agents or through a self-paced on-line version.
Do you ever struggle to come up with a healthy dinner after a long day of work, errands or school activities? We know we could drive through another fast-food restaurant to save time, but is that meal meeting the nutritional needs of your family?
The Dinner Tonight program was developed to provide busy families with quick, healthy, cost effective recipes that taste great. Not only does the Dinner Tonight program provide recipes, it also gives you video demonstrations on cooking tips and techniques, nutrition topics, menu planning basics and information on healthy living.
Our goal for the Dinner Tonight program is to improve the health and wellness of Texans through nutrition education. We are so excited to help you get you started on preparing your dinner tonight.
Learn, Go, Eat & Go!
Learn, Grow, Eat & GO! (LGEG) is the research and evidence-based curriculum project of the Junior Master Gardener® Program that combines academic achievement, gardening, nutrient-dense food experiences, physical activity, and school and family engagement.
Created by teachers, this linear set of hands-on, proven lessons, will help students better understand plants and how plants provide for people’s needs. The 10-week (two lessons per week) unit of study will step students through the process of establishing a thriving garden that is easy to create and maintain. The easy-to-follow curriculum features opportunities for fresh vegetable tasting and evaluation, simple recipe demos and physical activities that research shows can improve on-task behavior and academic performance.
There are two presentation platforms available to meet the needs of your schools, students, educators and community youth programs: a traditional face-to-face format or a virtual/online format. Following the step-by-step Learn, Grow, Eat & GO! curriculum and using teacher resources (how-to videos, printable student pages/garden journals, parent newsletters) makes starting a successful garden curriculum project easier than you might think!
Learn, Grow, Eat & GO! is geared specifically for students in grades three thought five. However, it is easily adaptable and has been successfully implemented in middle school classrooms and with students in younger grade levels.
When students are learning, in-class or virtually, and can get their hands dirty growing vegetables with a school garden project, they’ll also be growing a host of academic gains, health benefits and opportunities to connect learning to students’ homes/families.
Step Up Scale Down
Step Up Scale Down is designed to help you live a healthy lifestyle and manage a healthy weight. Over the course of 12 weeks, you will learn about ways to form healthy habits, improve your nutrition and increase physical activity, all in an effort to reduce your risk of chronic disease and enjoy living a healthy lifestyle.
Each week we will focus on a different topic related to nutrition, healthy eating, exercise and more. The information in Step Up Scale Down is based on United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines and research-based information that can help support you in your weight loss journey. This program can be taught face-to-face with your County Extension Agent, or you can join us online.