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Waco/McLennan County Public Health District

Health Education

About Us

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.

Health Topics

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:

  • Hygiene & Human Development
  • Nutrition & Exercise 
  • Chronic Disease
  • Tobacco Prevention and Cessation
  • Worksite Wellness
  • Other Health Topics by Request

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@ci.waco.tx.us

Janet Jones at (254) 750-5481 or Janetj@ci.waco.tx.ux

Armando Galindo at (254) 750-5631 or ArmandoG@ci.waco.tx.us

 

Health Education Department Projects

 

Live Well Waco is joining in the celebration of National Food Day 2014 in support for affordable, healthy and sustainable food for the community! Find out how you can be a part of the healthy food drive supporting Shepherd's Heart Food Pantry and join in the World Hunger Relief Farm Day event on October 25, 2014!
 

Click for more information or for the video!

 

Live Well Waco:  A community coalition dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of McLennan County citizens through collaborative community action, education, andprevention.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Texas Quitline Can Help Tobacco Users Quit!


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.


Additional Facts:
• 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

 

 ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

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

Online Resources:
Smokefree.gov -- www.smokefree.gov
American Lung Association – www.lung.org
American Cancer Society – www.cancer.org

Online Resources for Smokeless Tobacco:
Kill the Can – www.killthecan.org
Quit Smokeless – www.quitsmokeless.org

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