Step Up & Scale Down

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Can you believe that we are already at the end of August?  It always seems to get busier this time of year.  It never fails that when I get busy, I start to eat more unhealthy food and exercise less.  Do you have this dilemma, too?

This fall, the FCS Committee of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is offering Step Up & Scale Down, a ten-week program to motivate you to a healthier lifestyle.  The series will begin on Monday, September 15 at the Extension Office in Meridian.  Classes will be held at 12pm on Mondays for 10 weeks.

Step Up & Scale Down consists of weekly lessons to help participants move toward a healthier weight.  The program consists of a healthy lunch, a weekly weigh-in, a weekly challenge to help you stay motivated, healthy recipes and cooking tips, exercise resources, and a weight-loss planner.  Joining a group program is a great way to add accountability as you try to reach your health goals.

The Step Up & Scale Down program is based on the USDA 2010 Guidelines, which are intended to help Americans choose a healthful eating plan.  Step Up & Scale Down is a research-based program that has proven success in weight management and building healthy lifestyle habits.

The cost for the 10-week program is $50, which includes all course materials and a healthy lunch every week.  Registration is open until September 10.

Register online in the form below. Be sure to scroll down on the form and select “Submit” to finalize your enrollment.

You may also register by contacting the Extension Office at 254-435-2331 or by emailing Kate Whitney at

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