Making Healthy Life Changes with Agrilife

June 23, 2011 at 10:13 am 2 comments

The East Austin Children’s Promise Adult Education Program will begin a seven-week session on June 29th called Agrilife, which focuses on nutrition, exercise, and health.   The classes, held once a week for seven weeks, will give participants the opportunity to learn about preparing nutritious foods, how to incorporate exercise into their daily lives, and how to teach what they’ve learned to their families.

Each 90-minute session of the Agrilife program includes lecture, class discussion, group activities, physical activity, and a cooking demonstration.  In addition, participants are encouraged to participate in a walking program on their own time.  To incentivize participation and incorporation of Agrilife’s lessons into their daily lives, there will be small prizes distributed throughout the series, including a special prize for the participants that have perfect attendance during the seven weeks.  In order to measure the effectiveness of the program, a 24-hour food recall and food survey is administered at the first and last class.  The 24-hour food recall asks participants to recount everything they have eaten in the past 24 hours, and the food survey will determine what types of food choices the participants are making on a regular basis.  This way, administrators of the program can see how the participants’ nutritional habits have changed over the course of the program.

With regards to nutrition, particular importance is placed on proper portion sizes, getting enough fruits and vegetables, and lowering dietary levels of sodium, saturated fat, trans fat, and added sugar.   The exercise component stresses the benefits of walking, increasing daily physical activity levels, and engaging the entire family in fun physical activities.

The Agrilife program is a Texas extension of the federally funded Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), which has been in operation since 1969.  The benefits of implementing such programs are significant.  National studies have shown that for every $1 spent on EFNEP, $10 were estimated to be saved in health care costs and $2 saved in food costs by participants.  For Travis County, this amounts to more than $3.2 million in estimated health care costs savings and nearly $650,000 savings in food costs.

For more information, please contact Daniel Hinojosa –

– Kelle Kampa
Communications Intern

Entry filed under: East Austin, East Austin Children's Promise, Govalle/Johnston Terrace Neighborhood, Wellness Program.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. rachel maldonado  |  June 28, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Who can participate in this program? What are the dates and times? Is there a fee?

  • 2. Southwest Key  |  June 29, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Thanks for the comment, Rachel! It’s open to the public. Anyone can participate. No cost. First class is this evening (Wednesday 6-29). Every weds. Night at 6pm for the next 8 weeks. We would love to have you participate! Contact Daniel at if you need more info.


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