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Posted on: February 23, 2016

[ARCHIVED] TEXAS AGRILIFE EXTENSION HOSTS WALK ACROSS TEXAS/HEALTHY SOUTH TEXAS KICKOFF

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Hidalgo County Texas Agrilife Extension Services and Texas A&M joined together for the Walk Across Texas/Healthy South Texas kickoff on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. Held at the Edinburg City Hall Courtyard, the event featured free food demonstrations, health activities and zumba classes.

County Extension Agent Andrea Valdez welcomed the attendees and introduced Health Chief Administrative Officer Eddie Olivarez and Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa. Senator Hinojosa worked closely with Texas A&M and was instrumental in the creation of Healthy South Texas.

Being active can reduce your risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. According to the American Heart Association, the easiest and least expensive way to get healthy is by walking. As part of the event, attendees participated in Walk Across Texas, a free program that encourages everyone to get fit by walking.

Getting healthy and fit is not only the goal of Hidalgo County but of Texas A&M’s new pilot program “Healthy South Texas 2015.” Their mission is to reduce preventable diseases, such as diabetes, asthma and infectious diseases, by 25 percent in South Texas by 2025. This will be achieved by educating families like you on how to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Dozens of community organizations were on hand to give out health related information to everyone who attended. Folks were able to buy fresh fruits and vegetables from several farmers markets, sign up for a child identification card from the Edinburg Police Department and bike their way to making fresh smoothies. A competition was held with several Mascots from across the RGV, inlcuding the HEB Buddy, STC's Jaguar, the Superior Health Plan's Superior Kid and Rodeo Dental's Moomoo. After a heated competition, the Jaguar from STC was crowned the winner and went home with a large trophy.

We want to congratulate Texas AgriLife Extension on a wonderful and healthy event!

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