Capitol steps: Healthy habits for 2011

By Ken Paxton, Capitol Steps
January 1 often serves as the day when Americans decide to embrace a healthier lifestyle. The Texas AgriLife Extension Service (a part of the Texas A&M system) offers services focused on health, wellness and nutrition to help Texans reach their goals.
If you are interested in sharing your knowledge with others to help them achieve their health goals, then becoming a Master Wellness Volunteer may be right for you.
Receive 40 hours of training in nutrition, health, childhood obesity, public speaking, wellness, food safety, and other topics and pay back 40 hours of community service sharing the knowledge you’ve gained with others.
Teaching small groups, manning booths at health fairs, testing recipes and coordinating special projects are just a few ways that volunteers are currently involved.
Applications and a $65 registration fee are due by Jan. 21, 2011 for individuals interested in serving as Master Wellness Volunteers. All prospective volunteers will be asked to schedule a phone interview. Training classes will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays, February 3, 10, 17; Friday, Feb. 25; and Thursday, March 3, at the Texas AgriLife Urban Solutions Center, 17360 Coit Road. This facility is located south of the Bush Turnpike and north of Campbell Road.
For more information, contact Carrie T. Brazeal, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, at c-brazeal@tamu.edu or 972.548.4233 or metro 972.424.1460, Ext. 4233.
The Texas AgriLife Extension Service also provides a service that offers recipes for quick yet nutritious meals that are budget-friendly. This program, Dinner Tonight!, is designed for busy people who want to prepare healthy meals for themselves and / or their families. To receive weekly updates for recipe ideas, log onto http://healthyliving.tamu.edu for a short video demonstration of various recipes. A new video is released each week. You can also print recipes and view past demonstrations. Dinner Tonight! may also be found of Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dinner-Tonight/166292650049036?v=wall.
If you want to be reminded each week about the new recipe and video, email Carrie Brazeal, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, at c-brazeal@tamu.edu and ask to be added to the distribution list.
Ken Paxton of McKinney is the Conservative running for Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. http://www.paxtonforspeaker.com

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Medical Center of Mckinney supports charities

By Sally Huggins

Medical Center of McKinney and the medical staff donated $30,000 to three local charities: The Community Food Pantry of McKinney, Children and Community Health Center of McKinney and Community Lifeline Center.
Both MCM and its Medical Staff donated $5,000, for a total of $10,000, to all three charities.
In lieu of a hosting a holiday party for the medical staff, Medical Center of McKinney and its physicians elected to make Christmastime donations to several community non-profit organizations.
“Both Medical Center of McKinney and our Medical Staff are pleased to make donations of this level to the local organizations that serve our community so well,”
said Ernest C. Lynch, III, MCM President and CEO. “In today’s economic climate, these organizations are imperative to keeping our community alive and well.”
The Community Food Pantry of McKinney is a non-profit outreach program that provides food to families and individuals in need.
The Children and Community Health Center of McKinney (CCHC) provides no-cost, basic healthcare to the underserved members of McKinney and northern Collin County Communities. CCHC is located at the Medical Center of McKinney – Wysong campus, 120 S. Central Expressway.
Community Lifeline Center helps local residents manage short term crises and navigate their way back to self-sufficiency. This assistance ranges from financial help – rent, utilities, food, gas cards- to medical or prescription assistance, counsel, job search training, credit and budget counseling and advocacy.
Medical Center of McKinney is a 259-bed acute care facility that has a comprehensive cardiovascular program with cutting-edge diagnostic, interventional and
non-invasive procedures, open heart surgery and education. The Joint Replacement Center of Excellence offers hip and knee replacement patients treatment options using minimally invasive techniques; and neurosurgeons are available around the clock to treat back and neck problems, and perform delicate brain surgery. Additionally, our Labor & Delivery unit has a Level II nursery just steps away from the delivery rooms and a neonatologist available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Teresa Rajala, MD, MCM Chief of Staff, right, and Ernest C. Lynch, III, MCM President and CEO, left, presented Christine Hockin-Boyd, Executive Director with Community Lifeline Center, with a $10,000 donation.

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Teresa Rajala, MD, MCM Chief of Staff, right, and Ernest C. Lynch, III, MCM President and CEO, left, presented Nancy Huff, a Treasurer of the Board for Children & Community Health Center of McKinney, with a $10,000 donation.

Teresa Rajala, MD, MCM Chief of Staff, right, and Ernest C. Lynch, III, MCM President and CEO, left, presented Carol Bodwell, Volunteer Executive Director with the Community Food Pantry, with a $10,000 donation.

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