Nutrition and Health

WAT 2019

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Do  you want to eat healthier? Do you need to lose weight? Do you want to learn to prepare and cook healthy ways?  We offer many resources and classes to help you. Classes are offered through out the year on various topics. The classes are educational and fun. You always leave with something.

These are just some of the workshops we offer. Check the events page for upcoming programs.

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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 Parker 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 Texans to get together in a fun environment and have our experts and others show how to plan and prepare healthy meals. Date and location for a Healthy Cooking School during 2016 will be determined soon.

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An innovative 12-week program designed to guide participants toward weight management goals through nutrition tips, exercise, and a personalized weight-loss planner.

Registration cost for the 12-week program is $40.00. Includes materials.

For more information, please contact Kathy Smith, FCS Agent at 512-854-9605 or
To register by phone: 817-598-6168

Watch for 2020 classes.


Food Preservation Workshop

Food preservation workshops are offered to help learn the basics of safely preserving food. Participants do hands on activities to learn to safely use a pressure canner and waterbath canner.

Walk Across Texas
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:

WAT 2019

Walk & Talk
Walk & Talk is free 8-week program created by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in 2015 encourages people to establish the habit of regular physical activity in a group support setting. Our team of Nutrition Educators lead the walks with participants while talking about health benefits of fruits and vegetables, sharing recipes and healthy tips.

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
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.

Get Involved

  • For information on classes and registrations, please call Kathy Smith, County Extension Agent, at 817-598-6168.
  • For updates, please visit us at our Facebook page at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Parker County


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Certified Food Managers Class

Cooking Up a Cottage Food Business

Selling Honey in Texas

Freezer Jams and Jellies


For More Information Contact:

Kathy Smith
Family & Consumer Sciences Agent
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County


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