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:
Emily Green at (254) 750-5439 or Emilyg@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.
The coalition has developed the McLennan County Active Living & Healthy Eating Plan, which prioritizes strategies that have been developed by community partners. It is designed to benefit local institutions and organizations from all sectors of McLennan County in developing and promoting policies, programs, as well as creating systems and environmental changes that support active living. The vision is to use this plan to guide decisions about policy, resource allocation, program development, and advocacy. It is being funded through a grant by the Texas Healthy Communities Program at the Texas Department of State Health Services, with the goal to design and implement changes in the community and adopt priority public health practices to reduce risk factors for chronic diseases. The McLennan County Active Living & Healthy Eating Plan has been framed according to the recommended interventions of the National Active Living Plan and focuses on the sectors that promote community participation in physical activity along with encouragement of healthier nutritional options.This document provides recommendations that will enable the community entities of McLennan County to adopt and enjoy a healthier lifestyle.
The recommendations in the plan are presented by the following societal sectors: Business and Industry; Education, After School, and Early Childhood Programs; Healthcare; Mass Media; Parks and Recreations, Fitness, and Sports; Public Health; Transportation, Land Use, and Community Design; Volunteer and Non-Profit. Each sector offers goals aimed at promoting and offering opportunities for improved quality of life. These sectors provide a framework in which organizations, agencies, and individuals can use to reach the goals.The McLennan County Active Living & Healthy Eating Plan is targeted toward the McLennan County community as a whole in order to create the healthiest county in Texas where all people can live, play, work, and thrive.
To view the plan, click here.
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
Tobacco Free Campus Policy
The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District and the Health District/Parks and Recreation/Municipal Court campus at 225 and 201 W. Waco Dr. are tobacco free. The use of all tobacco products and e- cigarettes will be prohibited at all times on the campus.
The use of all tobacco products(including cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes, smokeless tobacco such as but not limited to snus, snuff, chew tobacco or dip, and any other tobacco products) is prohibited at all time on the campus:
• Inside all buildings;
• On all outside property or grounds, including vehicles in parking areas, sidewalks and curbs; and
• In City-owned vehicles and in private vehicles on all outside property or grounds.