A new effort to reduce childhood obesity in Texas will focus on building youth skills in gardening, nutrition and physical fitness.
The joint project – led by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service 4-H program and Prairie View A&M Cooperative Extension 4-H program – will employ the curricula of AgriLife Extension’s Learn, Grow, Eat & GO!; Junior Master Gardener; and Walk Across Texas initiatives to educate students at six locations across the state.
“Our goal is to reach Texas youth and their families with easily adoptable practices and information that will spur lasting, healthy habits and increased wellness,” said JaNelle Casson, the program’s organizer with AgriLife Extension 4-H in Temple.
The $1.1 million, five-year project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture. It will serve schools in Tarrant, Bell, Fort Bend, Brazos, Cameron and Travis counties. Organizers expect to reach more than 1,000 youth with the project’s initial offerings and expect that number to increase as parent volunteers establish 4-H clubs and as children who complete the program return as youth leaders.
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