Elyssa Davis, M.E.S.
Extension Program Specialist
Healthy South Texas is a comprehensive effort by the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service and the Texas A&M University Health Science Center to reduce preventable diseases and their consequences in South Texas. Working in 27 southernmost counties of our state, Healthy South Texas aims to improve both health education and health outcomes. The effort will educate community members on healthy food preparation; encourage regular physical activity; and provide resources for preventing diabetes, asthma, and infectious disease. We will engage families and work with community partners such as hospitals and clinics.
Major Programs & Events:
- Walk Across Texas!, Walk Across Texas! is a FREE, 8 week program designed to help Texans establish the habit of regular physical activity. Texas A&M AgriLife partners with schools, clubs, community groups, worksites, and cities incentives, support, and events to celebrate the beginning and end of the 8 week journey.
Walk Across Texas Help Desk
- Health South Texas Youth Ambassador, youth health advocates trained to share health education with their peers and community
- Dinner Tonight! Healthy Cooking School, offering cooking tips, nutrition education, menu-planning basics, and information on healthy living
- Master Wellness Volunteer Program, expanding the reach of other health and nutrition programs; to learn more about Master Wellness Volunteer Program visit: Agrilife – Master Wellness Volunteer Website
- Texas Master Gardener program, offering special training in horticulture to community members, who in return volunteer their time as Master Gardeners
- Learn, Grow, Eat & Go!, a 10-week nutrition, gardening, and physical activity curriculum for elementary schools and students in after-school programs
- ¡Si, Yo Puedo Controlar Mi Diabetes!, ¡Si, Yo Puedo Controlar Mi Diabetes!is a 7-week diabetes self-management program for Spanish-speaking adults with type 2 diabetes and over the age of 18. Classes are offered once a week in community settings such as churches, libraries, and hospitals. The aim of Si, Yo Puedo is to empower participants with lifestyle skills to better control their diabetes
Healthy Cooking School: Harlingen Event (July 27, 2017)
Photo Credit: Maricela Rodriguez (Valley Morning Star)
Walk Across Texas: Rio Hondo Finale Event (April 8,2017)
Walk Across Texas: Rio Hondo Kick-Off Event (February 4, 2017)
Walk Across Texas: Landrum Elementary Finale Event (December 2016)
Dinner Tonight: Harvest to Table Flavors of the Valley in Rio Hondo (October 25, 2016)
Los Fresnos Walk Across Texas Rock ‘n’ Roll 5k Finale Event (April 30, 2016)
Photo Credit: M&M Photography
Los Fresnos Walk Across Texas Kick-Off Event 5k Event (March 5, 2016)