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 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 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
If you want to be reminded each week about the new recipe and video, email Carrie Brazeal, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, at 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.

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