Better Living for Texans

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Goals of the “Better Living for Texans” program are to assist limited resource seniors in acquiring needed knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary to maximize resources, have nutritionally sound diets and improve health status and self-sufficiency.

Texas Seniors will learn to:

Maximize the use of  resources through budgeting and sound consumer decision making in buying nutritious foods. Make informed choices based on an understanding of the Dietary guidelines and the My Plate and plan safe, economical, nutritionally sound meals.

Increase healthy prevention strategies that encourage individual nutritional status and well-being.

Strengthen basic skills of food planning to enhance nutritional status and well-being.

Programs

  • Reach Your Goals Step By Step
  • Challenges & Solutions
  • Colorful & Classic Favorites
  • Eat Smart/Spend Less

Services

Educational Sessions

  • Groups/Organizations
  • Club Meetings
  • Church Organizations

 

Better Living for Texans Curriculum

Series I:  Reach Your Goals Step by Step  

  • Begin with a few exercises
  • Discuss the major food groups
  • Tips on how to add more exercise into ones diet
  • Foods that help us stay healthy along with what a healthy plate looks like
  • Take a brief one page survey and provide handouts.

 Series II:  Challenges & Solutions

  • Begin with a few exercises
  • Discuss tips on how to incorporate more exercise into ones daily routine
  • Discuss ways to reach food goals
  • Discuss how to read a food label.   

Series III:  Colorful and Classic Favorites

  • Begin with a few exercises
  • Talk about which foods we consider to be classics & favorites
  • Discuss recipe ideals along with meal planning
  • Take a quick one page survey
  • Provide a healthy food demo for everyone to enjoy.

Series IV:  Eat Smart/Spend Less

  • We begin with a few exercises
  • Discuss tips on how people can make their food dollars stretch and really save more
  • Discuss unit pricing and local prices.

Materials Available

  • Brochures
  • Fact Sheets

Useful links

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

http://www.eatright.org/

211 Texas: Connecting People to Services:

https://www.211texas.org/211/

USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center

http://fnic.nal.usda.gov/nal_display/index.php?info_center=4&tax_level=1

MyPlate

http://www.choosemyplate.gov/

SNAP information:

http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/

Contact

Kim Perry 
Better Living for Texans-Program Assistant
3033 Bear Creek Drive
Houston, Texas 77084
Phone: 713-274-0975

email:  Kimberly.Perry@ag.tamu.edu

 

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