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Hopkins County recognizes the need to fight childhood obesity. Under the leadership of Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, Johanna Hicks, and in partnership with the Community Health/Wellness Alliance,  Hopkins County is showing its heart for youth through developing a multi-day camp called, “Kids’ Camp: Fun, Food, Fitness” for students in grades 1 through 4 in the Sulphur Springs Independent School District (SSISD). The camp focuses on nutrition, physical activity, and horticulture. Parents also receive valuable information from this endeavor through a “trickle-up” effect where the children share the knowledge they learn at camp with their parents.

Pictured below are youth engaged in nutrition and physical exercise activities. Congratulations to all involved in this project!







Most of us are aware of the fact that kids need milk, but do you know that milk is beneficial to adults as well? The calcium in milk is essential to maintaining bone health and the essential nutrients in milk can play a role in our overall health. This month, our Better Living for Texans newsletter features an informative article on milk. The newsletter is available in English and Spanish and will provide you with useful facts about this refreshing beverage. In addition to health facts about milk, you’ll also find two tasty recipes that include milk in the ingredients.

We encourage you to visit our newsletter page and read the August edition. While you’re there, don’t forget to take a  look at the newsletter archives. A wealth of information to help you and your family adopt a healthier lifestyle is available. Remember to share the information you find helpful with a friend or two!


Our state office’s address is Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Better Living for Texans, South Campus Building, 1470 William D. Fitch Parkway, 2251 TAMU, College Station, Texas 77843-2251, and our physical address is: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Better Living for Texans, South Campus Building, 1470 William D. Fitch Parkway, College Station, TX 77845. We can be reached by phone at (979) 862-8935, and our fax number is (979) 845-6496.

To better serve our clients, we have six strategically located regional offices in Corpus Christi (serving Districts 9 & 11), Dallas (serving Districts 4 & 5), Lubbock (serving Districts 1 & 2), San Angelo (serving Districts 6 & 7), Vernon (serving Districts 3 & 8), and Weslaco (serving Districts 10 & 12).

OUR MISSION is to help you:

  • Increase Fruit and Vegetable consumption
  • Make Healthy Menu Choices
  • Save money at the grocery store
  • Learn about MyPlate
  • Increase Physical Activity in adults and children


You are eligible to participate in BLT programming if you are a SNAP recipient or SNAP program eligible. You may also be eligible for BLT if you or your family participates in or receives any of the following: Head Start program, WIC, TANF, SSI, or receive food from a food pantry or soup kitchen. If you, or someone you know, would like to learn more about SNAP, Medicaid, CHIP, TANF or check on your eligibility, please visit http://www.yourtexasbenefits.com


Look for us on Facebook under Better Living for Texans State Office! Our page features nutrition-related tips that will help you and your family live healthier lives. You’ll find  information on a variety of topics ranging from healthy recipes to nutrition-related trivia to healthy recipes!


Thank you, again, for visiting our page. We hope to see you soon!

Jon Perrott, Better Living for Texans Program Coordinator