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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education!

Better Living for Texans (BLT) is a statewide nutrition education program that, when fully staffed, serves 217 of the 254 counties in the state of Texas. Since 1994, BLT has served the state’s residents through teaching nutrition-related concepts focusing on:

  • Comparing Prices
  • Healthy Menu Choices
  • MyPlate
  • Preparing Healthy Meals
  • Importance of Physical Fitness

Our mailing 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.

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.

Our phone number is: (979) 862-8935 and our fax number is (979) 845-6496.

In addition, we have six regional offices to serve you. Those offices are located in Dallas, San Angelo, Corpus Christi, Amarillo, Vernon, and Weslaco.

MORE ABOUT BLT…
Better Living for Texans is a cooperative endeavor between the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, and the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). Since 1994, the program has been serving limited income families throughout Texas. BLT classes are offered at no cost to participants.

The goal of the Better Living for Texans program and the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp Nutrition Education program) is to provide educational programs that increase the likelihood that SNAP recipients will make healthy food choices consistent with the most recent dietary advice as reflected in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

If people would like to learn more about SNAP food benefits, Medicaid, CHIP and TANF cash assistance and apply for benefits, please visit the YourTexasBenefits website at:

 http://www.yourtexasbenefits.com

The Nutrition Education provided by BLT educators is research-based and is designed to meet the needs of our clients and our communities. Curriculum is developed by the USDA or under the direction of Jenna Anding, Associate Department Head and Program Leader, PhD, RD, LD.

THE NEED FOR BLT
It is estimated that one of every six households (16%) in Texas lives in poverty. Research has shown that individuals who live in poverty have dietary intakes that are deficient in the consumption of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, dairy products, and lean meat. This is a concern as dietary quality has been linked to four of the ten leading causes of death including heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. In addition, many low-income families are also food insecure, meaning that the availbility of nutritionally adequate and safe food is limited or uncertain.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
The primary BLT audience is comprised of SNAP recipients and SNAP program eligibles. In addition, families participating in the Head Start program, Women Infants and Children (WIC), individuals receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), SSI recipients, Individuals receiving food from food pantries or soup kitchens, and others qualify. To see if you qualify, please contact your local Texas AgriLife Extension Agent or the BLT State Office.

CIVIL RIGHTS STATEMENT

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Esta institución ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

For the complete Civil Rights statement, select joint-nondiscrimination-statement.

USEFUL LINKS

For nutritious, easy-to-prepare dinner options, try this link to AgriLife Extension’s Dinner Tonight: http://dinnertonight.tamu.edu/

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is a nutrition education program located in urban counties. For more information use this link: http://efnep.tamu.edu/

Want to know more about Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Nutrition and Food Sciences program? Select: http://nfs.tamu.edu/extensionprograms/

BLT HIGHLIGHTS–May 2017:          

BLT offers many exciting programs that benefit communities. One of which is Growing and Nourishing Healthy Communities (GNHC). GNHC is a program designed to improve the accessibility of fruits and vegetables in the home by teaching participants how to build gardens and the skills needed to successfully grow and harvest fresh produce. Community gardens are established and the gardens serve an additional purpose–they become outdoor classrooms for participants who’d like to gain knowledge about planting a backyard garden of their own. One of the places where GNHC is flourishing is Starr County. Take a look at what’s going on!

 

 

 

 

 

Do you know the many health benefits found in sweet potatoes? If not, take a look at the May edition of the BLT Newsletter, available in English and Spanish! In addition to learning about the nutrients in this delicious, versatile vegetable, you’ll also find a tasty sweet potato based recipe that your family will love.

Remember to look for us on Facebook! Our page features helpful 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. If you haven’t already, visit us today!

Recipes:

To find delicious, affordable, and healthy recipes visit: http://www.whatscooking.fns.usda.gov/

Please visit our BLT Photo Gallery to see what BLT Educators are up to in your region or throughout the state.

Our Focus Areas for BLT for 2017 will be:
1. Increase fruit and vegetable intake
2. Increase physical activity
3. Improving access to fruits and vegetables (gardening)
4. Food Safety
5. Food Resource Management

Our staff is committed to serving Texans and to improving lives. We encourage you to browse our site and to contact us if you have any questions. We would love to hear from you!

Jon Perrott, Better Living for Texans Program Coordinator

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Esta institución ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.