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 The Power of Prevention is a community coalition dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of McLennan County citizens through collaborative community action, education, prevention and the elimination of local health disparities.

POP is a joint effort currently consisting of the following:

  • Advocacy Center
  • Baylor American Medical Student Association
  • Brazos Area Health Education Center
  • ESC Region 12
  • Family Health Center’s Community Health Corps
  • Hillcrest Hospital
  • Providence Hospital
  • Texas AgriLife Extension Service
  • Texas Department of State Health Services- Region 7
  • Urban Garden Coalition
  • Waco-McLennan County Public Health District

The primary focus of the coalition this year will surround initiatives toward reducing overweight and obesity within the county.

The prevalence of overweight and obesity has become one of the most critical health issues, as it does not discriminate against socio-economic status, age, race or ethnicity. In McLennan County, over sixty percent of all adults are either overweight or obese. With approximately forty percent of our youth falling into either category, this issue is also strongly affecting our youth.

The alarming rates of overweight and obesity along with associated risk factors of unhealthy eating and inadequate amounts of physical activity increase the risk for developing other chronic conditions and diseases. These include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, arthritis, sleep apnea, and depression, to name a few.

Various strategies are needed to yield great impact. With your support and involvement we can make progress toward this goal of reducing overweight and obesity within the county!


Meetings are held every third Tuesday of each Month from Noon-1pm!

Interested in becoming a Power of Prevention Coalition Member? Click here to learn more.


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Current POP Programs:



















Youth Outreach Programs:



 BOUNCE Program

The mission of the BOUNCE Program is to empower Hispanic and African American preadolescent girls between the ages of 9-14 and their parents with high BMI’s and a high risk for developing chronic diseases (i.e. Type 2 diabetes, CVD, etc). By collaborative efforts between academia and community, the hope is to teach participants and their family members to adopt a healthy lifestyle by incorporating healthy food choices, daily exercise in a fun and exciting environment.

Participants will enjoy daily activities that include yoga, kickboxing, Latin dance, cheerleading, nutrition education, and cooking. Participants will also engage in real-world application field-trip activities such as trips to the local grocery stores and restaurants to encourage healthy food choices.




Check out what Singer/POP Star Beyonce has to say about getting active!


Watch the new Let's Move Campaign video featuring Beyonce "Move Your Body"



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