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Recently, the Better Living for Texans organization gathered in College Station for a “Be the ONE” themed training. The theme for the training was inspired by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan’s book “The ONE Thing” which teaches readers how to succeed by simplifying their focus to one thing. The training provided ample opportunities for BLT staff to learn from several health and wellness professionals including:
- Dr. J. Dirk Nelson, Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at West Texas A&M University
- Dr. Angela Burkham, FCH State and Regional Program Leader for the North Region
- Alice Kirk, Extension Program Specialist III
- Renda Nelson, State Program Director of the Better Living for Texans program
- Dr. Jeff Ripley, Associate Director of County Operations for Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service
- Melissa Cammack, Diana Driver, and Casey Wilburn – SNAP-Ed Program Specialists from HHSC
- And many other Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service Specialists!
The training allotted time for a BLT Success Stories Panel to provide educators a chance to learn from each by sharing how they have been successful in their county. In addition to the speakers and breakout sessions, the training also consisted of a recognition dinner and a tour of the Leach Teaching Gardens. Overall, the training was a great success!
The Better Living for Texans team in Zapata County was recently part of a donation ceremony as a result of the great work being done to bring healthy foods to the area through developing community and home gardens! BLT Nutrition Education Assistant, Amanda Villarreal, was awarded a donation from Medina Electric Cooperative (MEC) for our Growing and Nourishing Healthy Communities (GNHC) program. The funds will be used to build a community garden on county property near the Boys and Girls club in Zapata.
Pictured from left to right are: Oscar Reyes with MEC, Jesse Rodriguez (Zapata County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources), Amanda Villarreal (Zapata County BLT Nutrition Education Assistant), Sammy Luera (Zapata County Extension Agent for Family and Community Health), and Eduardo Chapa with MEC.
Better Living for Texans (BLT) was involved in the Grand Opening of a Farmer’s Market in San Angelo, Texas. Barbara Brown, Better Living for Texans Regional Program Manager-West, along with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Family and Community Health Agent, Milissa Wright (Concho County), and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Regional Program Leader-West, Mandi Seaton, shared nutrition information on a variety of topics with attendees at the grand opening.
Participants visiting the BLT booths were treated to recipe demonstrations and taste testing of healthy foods, lessons on food preservation (including freezing fruits), and food safety techniques. In addition to the demonstrations, visitors to the BLT booths received topical handouts to take home.
Pictured below, attendees visit with Mandi, Milissa, and Barbara during the event.