Family & Community Health

District 12 CEA PhotosLilian 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,  and Emergency Preparedness

Upcoming Programs & Events

Cooking Well in the RGV – English Session

A Healthy Cooking school designed to help people with
or without diabetes and anyone that prepares food for them.

Sessions Include:

  • October 6 – Carbohydrate Foods
  • October 8 – Make Recipes Better for You
  • October 13 – Double Pleasure Side Dishes
  • October 15 – Celebrating Sensibly

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

To Register for the English Session click here – Cooking Well in the RGV


Cocinar Bien en el RGV – Sesión de Español

Una cocina saludable diseñada para ayudar a las personas con o sin
diabetes y a cualquier persona que prepare alimentos para ellas(os)

Las Sesiones Incluyen:

  • 6 de Octubre – Alimentos con carbohidratos
  • 8 de Octubre – Hacer reccetas mejores para usted
  • 13 de Octubre – Guarniciones de Doble Placer
  • 15 de Octubre – Celebrando con sensibilidad

Horario: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Para registrarse para las Sesiones in Español cliq aqui – Cocinar Bien en el RGV


Child Care Conference

Join us virtually or in-person (seats are limited)
3 clock hours will be provided

Date: October 24, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Texas A&M AgriLife Research/Extension Center
Hoblitzelle Auditorium
2401 E. Business 83
Weslaco, TX 78596

To register please click here – Oct. 24 Child Care Conference


Parenting Connections – Online

Parenting Classes are now available online in Spanish & English





Cooking Well with Friends is now available online!
4-session hands-on course
Teaches how to safely and effectively plan, freeze, and cook healthy meals
from the comfort of your own home.

Click Below to register –
Cooking Well With Friends – Registration Information



Cooking Well Exploring Cultures is now available online!
4-session hands-on course
Provides education on nutrition and food safety
via interest in cultural cuisine.


Click Below to register –
Cooking Well Exploring Cultures – Registration Information


Click below to watch some of our educational videos!

Healthy South Texas in Cameron CountyClick on the picture above to find out more information on
Healthy South Texas Programs provided!



Dinner Tonight – Celebrando a Mama       

Asthma Class

Diabetes Class

‘On the Road to Healthy Living’ Mobile Cooking School








Breast Cancer Awareness


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 High School participating in the When Sean Speaks Alcohol Awareness Presentation (below)

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)







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 
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