Healthy South Texas

Welcome to the Healthy South Texas page!

Healthy Texas is the combination of Texas A&M University Health Science Center with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service‘s partnership to bring better resources, knowledge and programs to better our community’s health.

“Our comprehensive, multidisciplinary team promotes preventive health at the most local level of the community, improving the well-being of Texans for generations to come. We engage families, enhance education, promote behavior change and improve quality of medical care and health outcomes,” – Healthy Texas team

Rise and Grind Zapata Bike Challenge (June 2021)

Healthy South Texas Programs in Zapata County:

This 8-week physical activity program focuses on promoting healthy, active lifestyles by encouraging participants to register either as a solo-walker or in teams of up to 8 members. The goal of the program is to walk a collective amount of 832 miles by the end of the 8 weeks. Beginning with a kick-off event, participants will track their miles on our Walk Across Texas website and can view their progress.

Dinner Tonight is a multi-faceted healthy cooking school that offers our community tips, tricks, recipes, info-graphics and much more. Weekly newsletters, YouTube recipe videos, an interactive website, and an annual Healthy Cooking School event offers information on nutrition, family mealtime, food safety, food preparation, among other helpful hints on our Dinner Tonight website and social media.

Learn, Grow, Eat, & GO grows good kids through an interdisciplinary program combining academic achievement, gardening, nutrient-dense food experiences, physical activity, & school & family engagement.

Step Up & Scale Down is a research based program based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines intended to help Americans choose a healthful eating plan within their calories requirements to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. The Dietary Guidelines provide sound scientific information about how proper dietary habits promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases. Step Up Scale Down is delivered two ways, the first is through an interactive online portal, and the second is through face-to-face lessons with your local county agent. To learn more about the Step Up Scale Down program and its lessons, click here.


Healthy South Texas Youth Ambassadors

Healthy South Texas Youth Ambassadors are trained to serve as community health and wellness advocate and assist county Extension agents in providing leadership to the youth components of Healthy South Texas.


For more information on Healthy South Texas, visit our Healthy Texas page.

For more information on local events, contact:

Sammy Luera, Extension Agent – Health

Office Phone: (956)765-9822


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