Author Archives: chris.coon

Exciting 4-H Projects Beginning

The 2019-2020 4-H Year is off and running this September and so are a number of Family and Community Health 4-H projects. Consumer Decision Making, Fashion & Interior Design, Food Challenge/Food Show (Food and Nutrition), and Photography will begin soon and stretch into the spring! Consumer Decision Making, a project designed to teach youth the importance of financial management, price comparison, and making informed decisions, will kick off on October 10th at 5pm at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office (104 S Fuller St, Meridian). Participants can expect… Read More →

Working on Wellness is Back!

The “Working on Wellness” program is back for another great year! This free educational program is open to adults who are interested in learning and adopting behaviors that can positively impact their health and wellness.  This year’s program will run from September 1st to October 12th. “Working on Wellness” is a six week educational program that focuses on five simple wellness activities that even the busiest people can find time to do:  getting in more physical activity, increasing vegetable intake, consuming more water, incorporating strength exercises into your… Read More →

Youth Food and Nutrition Workshop Coming

Does your child like to help you in the kitchen? Are they interested in learning more about nutrition, food safety, or just want to hone their chopping skills?  The Bosque County AgriLife Extension Service is hosting a Food and Nutrition workshop on Saturday, September 7th, 2019 at the First Baptist Church of Meridian (located at 207 N Hill Street, Meridian, Texas). The workshop is open to all Bosque County youth between 3rd and 12th grade, will run from 1 PM to 5 PM.  Topics will include basic nutrition,… Read More →

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

With summer vacations coming to a close and preparations for back-to-school underway, it is important to safeguard your family’s health by having their immunizations up to date. August marks Immunization Awareness Month with various themes focused on preventing diseases through a person’s lifetime. From pregnancy to babies, young children to teens, and adults to seniors, vaccines play a vital role. Vaccines help the body develop immunity by imitating infections. The imitations almost never cause an illness, but they can cause mild symptoms such as a fever. Once the… Read More →

More is better: Fueling your body with fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet, providing the nutrients and vitamins we need to perform daily activities. Unfortunately, most people are not eating enough fruits and vegetables. As part of Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offers some easy ways to incorporate more fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. “Not only do fruits and vegetables provide beautiful colors that can be appealing to the eye, but they also help to combat against certain diseases such as… Read More →

Healthy Eating for an Active Life

The days are long and there is plenty of sunshine. It’s a great time of year to get outside and get moving with activities you enjoy, especially with your family! For youth and adults participating in physical activity like hiking, swimming, or various sports, healthy eating is essential for optimizing performance.  Combining good nutrition and physical activity can lead to a healthier lifestyle. Use these tips from the United States Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate website ( to combine good nutrition and physical activity to make the most of… Read More →

Texas Cottage Food Law Updates

On June 10th of this year, Governor Abbot signed Senate Bill 572 “Relating to the regulation of cottage food production operations.” The original 2011 Texas Cottage Food Law and 2013 expansion made the great state of Texas one of the friendliest places to start a home food production business. With the changes made in SB 572, the Texas Cottage Food law becomes even friendlier to business owners and makes more products available to the public. This law allows any Texas resident with a Food Handler’s certification to produce… Read More →

Youth Sports Week

During Youth Sports Week, July 16-22, thousands of youth sports coaches, and parents are showing their support with a focus on P.L.A.Y.S. ~ Physical activity, Living healthy, Access, Youth development, Safety. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service recommends starting this week off by listening to the needs and wants of the youth participants in order to strengthen the skills and bonds created by youth sports. Youth sports participation has positive impacts on health, fitness, character development and other traits that contribute to success in school and adulthood.  “Sports are… Read More →

Keeping Summer’s Bounty Safe to Eat

Fresh melons and berries fill the aisles of grocery stores and markets. Roadside produce stands full of home grown fruits and vegetables are seen along the highway. All of these are signs that summer is here and so is a bounty of fresh produce. Summer’s harvest of fresh fruits and vegetables is an important part of a healthy diet. Just remember to handle fresh produce safely to prevent foodborne illness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that there are 48 million cases of foodborne illnesses each… Read More →

Summer Cooking, Having a Blast – Summer Cooking, Got Sick So Fast

Unless another cold front comes bustling in out of nowhere, spring and summer temperatures are here and that means fun activities outdoors, including firing up the grill and cooking outdoors! One thing that is never fun, regardless of the time of year, is a foodborne illness. Research from the United State’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 1 in 6 Americans get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die annually from a foodborne illness. We can reduce our risk of obtaining a foodborne illness by following the… Read More →