Family and Community Health

Walk Across Texas Newsletter

WAT! newsletter Week 8-2020_Celebration

Join us to learn more about food preservation thru these online classes. Participants can register for one class or the entire 4 class series by using the links listed below:

4 Class Series:

Stand Alone: Intro & Equipment:

Stand Alone: Waterbath & Salsa:

Stand Alone: Jams, Jellies & Pickles:

Stand Alone: Pressure Canning & Vegetables:

For any questions about the program, please call us at  940-627-3341

Food Preservation Flyer

Cooking Well with Diabetes

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Wise County has joined forces with surrounding counties to host a virtual Cooking Well with Diabetes class series. The four-week online program will be offered during the noon hour on Wednesdays beginning May 6th and will conclude on May 27th The purpose of this educational program is to help people with diabetes learn how to plan and prepare healthy meals. Sessions will include educational information, handouts, and interactive recipe demonstrations. For more information, contact Tanya Davis at the Extension office at 627-3341.

Register online at:


Do Well, Be Well

A program for people with type 2 diabetes.

Link to Register

DWBW Flyer 2020

22nd Annual Wise County Walk Across Texas

April 6 – May 31

Through a modest increase in daily activity, most Americans can improve their health. WALK ACROSS TEXAS is a program that persuades and motivates people of all ages to make the most important change…to get started. It is a fun and flexible way to exercise. The program is simple, free and safe. All you need is a team of eight people to get moving, with one person being designated as the “team captain.” The team who walks farthest “across Texas” will win, but everyone who participates will take home a healthy habit – walking for fitness.

So dust off your walking shoes and prepare to join us in this 8 week journey beginning on April 6 through May 31. All teams that meet their goal of 832 miles will be recognized.
Is walking not your thing? No problem! Any activity can count towards your journey across Texas! Simply, we encourage you to move more and any activity is better than none! Information about activity equivalents will be provided to participants.

The website will allow organizations or groups with multiple teams to create their own league. This will make it easier to track your teams and their miles reported. If you would like to know more about creating a league, check out the video tutorials at There is a video for both Walk Across Texas! Adult and Walk Across Texas! Youth.
The website will also allow team members to enter their own miles on a daily basis. It also has each team member complete their own profile information. Each adult team may include up to 8 team members, all working together to reach the 832-mile goal.

Registration for Walk Across Texas:

For additional information, call 940-627-3341 or email

Remember prevention works! Individuals can save a lot of pain, worry and money by avoiding health problems. I encourage you to join Walk Across Texas!

Free Fall Prevention Classes Beginning Wednesday March 6th

Have you fallen or are you afraid you may fall?? Do you want to learn how to minimize your risks of falling?? If you answered yes, then join us for our FREE small group Matter of Balance workshop beginning on March 2 through April 20, 2020, eight Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Wise County’s AgriLife Extension office, 206 S. State Street, #A, Decatur. This program is a joint effort between the North Central Texas Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Wise County.
During this 8 week workshop you will learn to view falls as controllable, practice exercises for strength and flexibility, discover how to make your home a safer place, and much, much more.
Certified A Matter of Balance coaches will be your guide through the journey to a safer, more confident lifestyle.
Seats are limited so registration is required and you should be able to attend all classes. For more information, call the Extension office at 940-627-3341.


Food Handler’s Class 

Foodborne illnesses can be prevented by following simple food safety practices. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Wise County provides a Food Protection Management Training Program that seeks to reduce the risk of food borne illness.

Food service employees and those who operate a cottage food business can attend a two hour Food Handler’s class on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm at the Wise County Extension office in Decatur to learn more about good personal hygiene, cross contamination and time and temperature abuse. The registration fee is $20.00 and covers course materials and an official food handler card.  Space is limited.

The Texas Cottage Food Law requires that anyone who operates a cottage food business have a food handler card. The food law allows the following list of foods that can be sold: baked goods, jams and jellies, dried herbs, pickles, popcorn snacks, candy, unroasted nut butters, and vinegar. These foods can also be sold at venues outside the home including farmers markets, roadside stands, and fairs.

For questions concerning the food handler class or the Texas Cottage Food Law please call 940-627-3341 or come by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s, Wise County Office, 206 S. State St., Decatur, Texas 76234. The Food Protection Management (FPM) Training Program is brought to you by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in cooperation with the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the County Commissioners Court Cooperating.


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