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Andrea Valdez, Texas A&M AgriLife County Coordinator, and Marylynn L. May, Ph.D, Special Assistant to the Dean at Texas A&M Unviersity, spoke before the court regarding a grant they received from the Centers for Disease Control. This is the first partnership between Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M Health Science Center.
The grant is for a year of funding on obesity prevention. This project will focus on access to healthy food and access to physical activity to reduce obesity in Hidalgo County. Valdez says they are still in the early phases but the first year will begin with assessments and planning.
Hidalgo County Commissioners Court also approved a cooperative agreement between the county and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services. The agreement outlines the responsibilities required by each entity as they work together. Many of the AgriLife employees are funded through the state, however the county has assigned a group of county employees to assist and aid the AgriLife program.