Worksite wellness programming is focus of North Texas workshop

GRAPEVINE – A Jan. 16 workshop aims to help workplace administrators implement and monitor employee wellness programs. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service workshop, Building a Healthy Workplace: Research Meets Practice, lasts from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Great Wolf Lodge, 100 Great Wolf Drive in Grapevine. Dr. Ninfa Peña-Purcell, assistant professor and AgriLife Extension […]

AgriLife Extension to train all Texas wellness volunteers at once

DALLAS — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, from Jan. 23 – Feb. 28, will conduct the first simultaneous training of all its health and wellness outreach volunteers across the state. The 40-hour statewide training is for AgriLife Extension’s Master Wellness Volunteer Program, which trains Texans to help educate the public on wellness and preventive […]

New cookbook a tool in statewide preventative health initiative

DALLAS — A new cookbook by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Dinner Tonight program offers more than 100 healthy recipes as the agency launches Healthy Texas, its statewide public outreach initiative on chronic disease prevention. Recipe categories in the cookbook, titled Essentials, include starters, five ingredients or less, salads, one pot-one pan, simple side […]

Healthy Texas statewide effort kicks off in East Texas

LUFKIN – A statewide effort to address chronic health problems and improve Texans’ health and quality of life through preventative education of elementary students kicked off recently in East Texas. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Healthy Texas, formerly Healthy South Texas, initiative will expand to Angelina, Houston, Nacogdoches, San Augustine, Shelby and Trinity counties […]

Circadian clock discovery could help boost water efficiency in food plants

DALLAS — A discovery by Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists in Dallas provides new insights about the biological or circadian clock, how it regulates high water-use efficiency in some plants, and how others, including food plants, might be improved for the same efficiency, possibly to grow in conditions uninhabitable for them today. The scientists in […]

RNA discovery could help boost plant drought, salt tolerance

DALLAS — Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists have discovered a ribonucleic acid, or RNA, that can increase the thale cress plant’s resistance to stress from drought and salt. The discovery could help illuminate a new pathway to engineering drought- and salt-tolerant plants, including food crops, said Dr. Liming Xiong, AgriLife Research associate professor, Dallas. The […]

Backyard Basics Expo helps people learn self-reliance, preserve the past

SAN ANTONIO — More than 100 people attended the Backyard Basics Expo held recently at the Oppenheimer Academic Center at San Antonio College. The expo, presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, emphasizes self-reliance and the production, preparation and preservation of homemade and homegrown foods. “People are more interested in and concerned about where […]