Family & Community Health

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Lilian Mezquida, M.S.

County Extension Agent- Family & Community Health

Coordinates the Master Clothing Volunteers program.  Oversees a wide array of programs that offer practical information for families raising children, eating well, managing life’s challenges and staying healthy. Programs include: Strengthening Families-Parenting, Youth Development  character education, leadership, Communication Skills; Health Diabetes Management, Cancer Awareness,  Nutrition Education,  Emergency Preparedness;  Better Living for Texans Program and Water Conservation.


Essentials Cook Book

Our Essentials Cookbook is Finally here!
The Essentials Cookbook is full of over 100+ recipes for healthy living!
This cookbook features 9 categories to help you create healthy meals in any situation – Starters, Salads, 5 Ingredient or Less, One Pot/One Pan Meals, Side Vegetables, Kid Friendly, Slow Cooker, Grilling, and Desserts. Our recipes include all of the nutritional information per serving and none of our recipes contain more than 13% daily value for saturated fat, or over 600 mg of sodium per serving. We also included some helpful information that you are often searching for while cooking such as minimum internal cooking temperatures, storage time charts for the fridge and freezer, and measurement conversions! This cookbook is your one stop for healthy cooking for your family!

If you are interested in ordering one, please contact our office at 956-361-8236




Parenting Classes – August 2019

  • August 5 – 12 – 2019
    English & Spanish Sessions Available
  • Payment Deadline: Friday, August 2
    (Fee is non-refundable/Money Order only)

    Contact our office to register today at 956-361-8236





Public Releases

Passenger Safety Article – Español



  • PARENTING – August 2019 – Parenting Classes

FCH News Releases (TAMU)

May 11 Dinner Tonight – Celebrando a Mama

Asthma Class

Diabetes Class


‘On the Road to Healthy Living’ Mobile Cooking School


Prevention & Alcohol Awareness

When Sean Speaks Presentation (Sean Carter Story)
At 22, Sean Carter was a college junior out drinking with friends. Sean made a choice that night which changed his life.
When he was ready to call it a night, he simply got a ride with a friend. Unfortunately, his friend had been drinking too.
Just five minutes from the safety of Sean’s apartment, the driver lost control of his truck and slammed into a tree – on the passenger side where Sean was sitting.
Sean’s brain injury left him unharmed mentally but physically no longer able to talk or walk.

Since the crash, Sean and Jenny (mother) have embraced their new mission in life to tell everyone about choices, consequences, and preventable dangers of drinking and driving.
Sean uses his injury and experience as an example to others. When Sean Speaks, Inc:

March 4, 2019 – La Feria

April 27, 2017- San Benito High School participating in the When Sean Speaks Alcohol Awareness Presentation (below)

April 26, 2017- Riverside Middle School and Veterans Memorial Academy participating in the When Sean Speaks Alcohol Awareness Presentation (below)

April 25, 2017- Berta Cabaza Middle School and Miller Jordan Middle School participating in the When Sean Speaks Alcohol Awareness Presentation (below)

Final Sewing Class: May 31, 2017

Sewing Class: April 18, 2017

 Sewing Class: April 12, 2017 ‘Blanket in a Pillow”

Sewing Class: March 29, 2017



Helpful Links:

Better Living for Texans- Cameron County
Better Living for Texans Webpage

BLT Newsletter – April 2015

BLT Newsletter – June 2015

BLT Newsletter – July 2015

BLT Newsletter – January & February 2016

BLT Newsletter – November & December 2016

BLT Newsletter – February 2017

BLT Newsletter – April 2017

BLT Newsletter – June 2017

BLT Newsletter – August 2017

BLT Newsletter – September 2017




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