AgriLife Extension to present summer, fall wellness workshop series

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AUSTIN – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County will present two series of wellness workshops at public libraries in Austin — one in the summer and one in the fall — focused on promoting healthy weight in adults.

The workshops are free and will be presented from 10:15 a.m. to noon at their respective locations. There will be a total of six workshops and those interested may participate in any or all of them.

“The objective of these workshops is to provide participants with information and direction on how they can find better health through best practices and scientific research,” said Sonia Coyle, AgriLife Extension agent for family and community health, Travis County.

The first workshop series will be at the Millwood Branch Library, 12500 Amherst Drive. Dates and topics will be:

• July 14, Impact of Sugar in Your Health: Making Healthier Choices.

• Aug. 11, Nutritional Value on Labels.

• Sept. 29, Health Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables by Color.

The second series will be at Little Walnut Creek Branch Library, 835 W. Rundberg Lane. Dates and topics will be:

• Oct. 13, Dashing Your Way to Improve Health.

• Nov. 10, Principles of Healthy Weight Loss.

• Dec. 8, Fad Diets.

Coyle said the instructor for the workshops will be Bridgette Wilson, an International Sports Science Association certified specialist in fitness nutrition, certified community health worker with the Texas Department of State Health Services and Master Wellness Volunteer with AgriLife Extension.

“Bridgette has lived what she will be presenting at these workshops,” Coyle said. “She has reduced her weight and improved her health by applying these practices, and is living proof they really work.”

She said attendees should wear comfortable clothing for the physical activity portion of the workshop.

Coyle said although the workshops are free, space is limited so attendees should RSVP as soon as possible to ensure a spot. To RSVP, contact Angela Reyes at the AgriLife Extension office in Travis County at 512-854-9600 or amreyes@ag.tamu.edu.

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