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BLT HIGHLIGHTS–September 2017`         

Feeders of the Lambs provides a free meal to children after the school summer meal program ends. Milam County Family and Community Health Agent, Micah Holcombe, partnered with Renee Umstattd Meyer, Associate Professor of Public Health at Baylor University, and Sissy McDermott-Wallace, Coordinator for Feeders of the Lambs, to organize four events in Milam County. Held at the Cameron Elementary School playground, the partnership provided area youth with a nutritious lunch (at no charge) while also giving the kids the opportunity to enjoy fresh fruits, a bounce house, participate in sack races, use hula hoops, and play other games. The event incorporated many of the facets that are so important to BLT–increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, providing healthy meals to those in need, and getting participants to be more physically active.

Pictured below are Micah (right) and Renee, children sampling fresh fruits, student volunteers from Baylor University, children at play, kids getting their bag lunches, and a look at the playground area. Congratulations to all involved in this fantastic project!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER

September means kids (and parents) are in back to school mode. One of the more challenging parts of a parents day is the task of getting the kids to make healthy food choices, particularly during snack time where kids often go for candy, chips, cookies, or other less than ideal food choices. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the challenge of providing healthy snack options that your kids will actually eat, the September BLT Newsletter is for you as it’s all about healthier snack options that satisfy your kids’ cravings while also leaving you feeling good about what they’re eating.

We encourage you to visit our newsletter page and read the September 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 LOCATIONS

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

 

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE?
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

BLT IS ON FACEBOOK!

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