Through our Speakers Bureau, the Health District has made educators available to conduct lectures, write articles, and provide education on various health topics. The members of our staff have years of health education training and are dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of McLennan County.
A wide variety of health topics are available for presentation. However, if there is a specific topic not listed below that you wish to have information on, please let us know via the contact information at the bottom of this page. Presentations may be geared to the age of the audience, from children to adult. Our health topics include, but are not limited to:
To schedule a presentation or for questions, please contact a member of the health education team:
Courtney Restivo Wollard at (254) 750-5439 or CourtneyR@wacotx.gov
Janet Jones at (254) 750-5481 or JanetJ@wacotx.gov
Live Well Waco: A community coalition dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of McLennan County citizens through collaborative community action, education, and prevention. A project of the Power of Prevention Coalition, Live Well Waco came together with funding from the Transforming Texas Grant awarded to the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District from the Department of State Health Services. The coalition works to provide wellness resources to improve overall wellness and to help people make healthier lifestyle choices. Live Well Waco has identified 6 categories of wellness - Be Well, Eat Well, Play Well, Think Well, Breathe Well, and Work Well.
Live Well Waco has recently been adopted by the Mayor-appointed community health improvement plan and is part of the city’s master plan using the Collective Impact Model referred to as Prosper Waco to decrease poverty, improve health, and improve education.
Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait: The Healthy Babies Coalition is a joint initiative by several community agencies, churches and area hospitals formed to decrease infant mortality in the Waco-McLennan County area. According to the Department of State services, the infant death rate in McLennan County is 29.5%. The HBC will be working to lower that rate by utilizing the March of Dimes' Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait campaign, which focuses on 5 major core components, or the 5 P’s, of lowering risk for infant death: Partnerships and collaborations, Patient initiatives, Provider support, Public engagement, and Progress management.
The state’s Quitline is ready to take calls from people looking for help to quit that habit.
The Texas Department of State Health Services encourages people who are ready to quit, or are thinking about quitting, to seek assistance and advice by calling the Texas Quitline at 1-877-YES QUIT or visiting www.yesquit.org. Quitline services are available in English and Spanish.
Callers to the Quitline, which uses the American Cancer Society’s Quit for Life Program, receive free, confidential counseling services and personalized tools and strategies from trained professionals to help them quit. The www.yesquit.org website has tips, success stories, motivational videos and an online community of people dedicated to quitting and encouraging others to stick to it. People can create an online quitting plan that helps them take steps toward a tobacco-free life.
The Texas Quitline was first offered in 2001 and serves about 10,000 people a year. The U.S. Public Health Service’s clinical practice guidelines say that Quitline counseling can more than double a smoker’s chances of quitting.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable and premature death in the United States.
• More than 24,000 Texans die from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke each year.
• In the United States, nearly 1 in 5 deaths is attributed tobacco use.
• Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States for men and women, and 90 percent of lung cancer cases are attributed to smoking.
Source: Department of State Health Services
Sign up for Smokefree TXT by subscribing at www.smokefree.gov/smokefretxt.
Smokefree TXT is a mobile text messaging service designed for adults across the United States who are trying to quit smoking. The program was created to provide 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to help smokers quit smoking and stay quit.
Talk to an Expert:
For help from the National Cancer Institute: 1-800-44U-QUIT
For help from the State of Texas Quitline: 1-800-QUIT-NOW