Step Up and Scale Down weight-loss program to be presented in Austin

Weekly in-person and online classes will be April 11-June 27

Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752,

Contact: Sonia Coyle, 512-854-9605,

AUSTIN – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present its Step Up and Scale Down program for weight loss from April 11 through June 27 in Austin.

“Step Up and Scale Down is an innovative 12-week program designed to guide participants toward weight management through the use of nutrition tips, exercise and a personalized weight-loss planner,” said Sonia Coyle, AgriLife Extension family and consumer sciences agent, Travis County.

Coyle said the program will be a combination of in-person and online lessons. In-person lessons  will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. April 11, April 18, May 16, June 6 and June 27 at the AgriLife Extension office, 1600-B Smith Road.

The 12-week Step Up and Scale Down weight-loss program will be held April 11-June 27 through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Travis County, 1600-B Smith Road in Austin. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

The remainder of the lessons will be online.

The 12 sessions include: Scale Down by Setting Goals; Step Up to a Healthy Plate; Scale Down by Label Reading; Step Up to Breakfast and Menu Planning; Scale Down with Moves to Lose; Step Up Your Hydration; Scale Down by Finding Your Motivational Mojo; Step Up to Healthy Snacking; Scale Down with a Colorful Plate; Step Up to Successful Socializing; Scale Down by Knowing Your Numbers; and Step Up and Celebrate.

The cost is $40 for all sessions if registered by April 7 and includes a binder with handouts and cookbook. Cost is $50 after April 7.

There will be incentives for those who attend all five classes, and a $10 gift card for those who achieve their weight goal.

“Step Up and Scale Down is a research-based program that has proven success in weight management and building healthy lifestyle habits,” Coyle said.

To register online, go to  To register by phone, call 979-845-2604.

For more information, contact Coyle at 512-854-9605 or

The next statewide series of the Step Up, Scale Down program begins April 24. An online version now makes Step Up, Scale Down more convenient for participation. The one-time $40 enrollment fee can be paid upon registration at


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