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Healthy Texas Youth Ambassador summits to be held in July
By Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M
Jul 18, 2018
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Summits will be in Stephenville,
San Angelo, Plainview, San Antonio

COLLEGE STATION –The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present Healthy Texas Youth Ambassador summits at different regional locations during July.

Youth ambassadors learn about health issues affecting teens, schools and communities and work with AgriLife Extension personnel and their local 4-H clubs to provide information and identify resources to enhance the health and wellness of Texas residents.

“Attending one of these summits is the first step of training for current Healthy Texas youth ambassadors,” said Julie Gardner, AgriLife Extension 4-H youth development specialist, College Station. “These one-day events will provide the information, education and motivation necessary for participating youth to make an impact on health in communities and schools.”

Gardner said the summits are only for  2018-2019 Healthy Texas youth ambassadors and are not  available to any other youth.

Registration is $75 and covers instruction, activities and take-home resources. Lunch and snacks are included. Qualifying youth may register at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu.

Healthy Texas Youth Ambassadors take the message of health and wellness to communities statewide. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

The summits will be from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on the following dates and at the following locations:

— July 30 at the AgriLife center, 7887 U.S. Hwy. 87 N., San Angelo.

— July 31 at Ollie Liner Center RV Park, 2000 S. Columbia St., Plainview.

— July 31 at the San Antonio Rodeo Grounds Dairy Center, 723 AT&T Center Parkway, San Antonio.

Although summit agendas may differ slightly, most of the following topics will be covered:

— Expectations, Guidelines and Opportunities for Healthy Texas Youth Ambassadors.  

— Youth Health Trends and Data.

— YouTube Health: Creating Messages for Your Peers Using Social Media.  

— Is MyPlate Your Plate? Overview of Teen Needs for Calories, Activity, Etc.

— Health Challenge Design: Design a Health Challenge for School, Club or Community.

— The Ambassador Toolkit: Resources and Guidelines for Programming.

“Each summit will also feature a local focus that addresses health, wellness and safety needs for that area of the state,” Gardner said. “This will be a great opportunity for ambassadors to meet with one another, network and learn more about important health issues affecting Texans.”

For more information on the summits, contact Gardner at julie.gardner@ag.tamu.edu.

For more information on the Healthy Texas program and becoming a youth ambassador, go to http://healthytexas.tamu.edu