Children eschew the fat if dads aren’t lenient

COLLEGE STATION – This Father’s Day, dad’s choice of where to eat could literally tip the scales on his children’s health. A father’s use of restaurants and his perceptions of family meals carry more weight, so to speak, than mothers’, according to a Texas AgriLife Research study, published recently in The Journal of Nutrition Education […]

Vegetable Extravaganza gives kids taste of better eating, fitness

SAN ANTONIO — Eat your vegetables! This phrase has been spoken to schoolchildren by generations of parents and teachers, usually with mixed results. However, Booker T. Washington Elementary school in the San Antonio Independent School District has been partnering with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service to develop fun and interesting ways to get kids to […]

USDA fattens obesity battle with $5 million grant to Texas partners

COLLEGE STATION – The use of family-focused gardening in the fight against childhood obesity may become a growing trend with a near $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to a Texas higher education partnership. The project, “Texas Grow! Eat! Go!,”  will involve horticulturists, nutritionists, physical activity experts and public health leaders from […]

Free nutrition classes offered for Bexar County childcare center personnel

SAN ANTONIO — The Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Department of Agriculture will be co-sponsoring several free nutrition classes in San Antonio through the rest of the year, according to class coordinators. The classes are to provide support and training to individuals at childcare centers participating in the Child and Adult Care Feeding Program […]

'DEAP' in the heart of Texas

SAN ANTONIO – According to the Texas Department of State Health services, more than 7 percent of current Bexar County residents have been diagnosed with diabetes. To help address this problem, the Diabetes Education Awareness Prevention program, or Project DEAP, an initiative of the Prairie View A&M Cooperative Extension Program’s health project, has been implemented […]

AgriLife Extension to host upcoming San Antonio-area child, adult-care nutrition classes

SAN ANTONIO – The Texas AgriLife Extension Service office in northwest San Antonio will be the site for free nutrition classes in February and March offered for professionals participating in the Child and Adult Care Feeding Program. “Nutrition classes have been scheduled for the San Antonio area, which provide support and training to child-care centers […]

AgriLife scientist: Functional amino acids regulate key metabolic pathways

COLLEGE STATION – Functional amino acids play a critical role in the development of both animals and humans, according to a Texas AgriLife Research scientist. In a journal article appearing in the American Society for Nutrition (Advances in Nutrition 1:31-37, 2010), Dr. Guoyao Wu, AgriLife Research animal nutritionist and senior faculty fellow in the department […]

Villalobos Begins New Appointment with Department of Nutrition and Food Science

Photos and Graphics COLLEGE STATION – After spending her educational and professional careers in the four corners of the country, Dr. Alice Villalobos has settled in Bryan/College Station. Villalobos said she is looking forward to beginning her new position as assistant professor in the department of nutrition and food sciences. Her husband, Dr. Michel Massett, […]

SOARING OBESITY RATES COULD BE COSTLY

SAN ANTONIO — One called it a perfect storm. Another said it was a train wreck. Rising obesity rates will push Texas and the nation to physical and financial disaster unless people change their behaviors, according to speakers at the recent Texas Produce Convention in San Antonio. Leslie Biediger, a chronic disease nutrition consultant with […]