Helping You Help Yourself

Healthy Kids Day is April 26th!

April 26th is Healthy Kids Day at the Doris Miller YMCA! Come out from 10am-2pm and learn ways to improve the health of your family! There will be several activities for adults and kids to participate in!
To kick off the event, there will be a ribbon cutting to officially open the walking trail to the community to use for free!

For more information, visit


National Public Health Week is April 7th-12th!


National Public Health Week

April 7th - 12th

Find out more about the services of the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District as we observe National Public Health Week April 7-12. During the week, residents can come to learn more about the great services available through our agency and participate in a variety of FREE screenings being offered. Below is more information on screenings/activities being offered each day.

The week will end with the Health District’s participation in the Healthy Soul Food Demonstration and Health Fair at Carver Park Baptist Church on Saturday, April 12th from 11am-2pm. For more information, call 750-5631.

Weekly Events from 10am-2pm

Monday, April 7: Environmental Services will host a booth and showcase services provided.

Tuesday, April 8: Preparedness will host a booth and spotlight their services. Carter Blood Care will collect blood donations.

Wednesday, April 9: Immunization, Outreach and the WIC program will share a booth to highlight their services.   WIC will provide a taste test to compare whole milk, low-fat milk, and fat-free milk. 

Thursday, April 10: Health Education will host a booth and provide the following screenings – blood pressure, weight and BMI. Healthy snacks will be provided while supplies last.

Friday, April 11: Vital Statistics, HIV/STD, and TB will share a booth. HIV/STD will provide rapid testing and gift cards for those who complete the test.

Saturday, April 12: A Healthy Soul Food Demo and Health Fair will take place at Carver Park Baptist Church from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. The following screenings will be provided for FREE- blood pressure checks, blood glucose screening, body mass index calculator, HIV/STD screenings and more.


National Heart Month

In honor of this month being National Heart Month, people across the nation are wearing red today. This month serves as a reminder to take care of your heart and aims to educate people about the importance of eating well and maintaining good habits.

Did you know that according to the CDC, about 600,000 people die of heart disease every year? It is also the leading cause of death for both women and men. Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, and each year, about 715,000 people will suffer from a heart attack. Continue to learn more about the facts of heart disease by following this link.

Things that could put you at risk for heart disease are family history, ethnicity, and age. However, these cannot be changed. What you CAN change is tobacco exposure, hypertension, cholesterol intake, physical activity, diet, and use of alcohol.

Right now, you can join in on the Live Twitter Chat by typing in #redheartchat or following this link…

Educate yourself on the signs of cardiac arrest, heart attack, and stroke.

Motivate yourself and find other ways to get active by visiting the LiveWellWaco Pinterest!

Hope everyone is having a happy Friday and a great start to their weekend! Image

This photo is from GO RED day a couple years ago!



How to have a Healthy Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s that time of year to be thankful for all we have gained – family, friends, good health, and delicious food. But what we also may gain from the holidays is unwanted weight. Maybe this year try serving a healthier Thanksgiving menu and all your friends and family will be thankful.

Check out the following link from the Mayo Clinic on some healthy recipes for your Thanksgiving Holiday:

Also, check out these tips from the American Cancer Society on how to have a healthy Thanksgiving by:

Drinking water throughout the day, watching your portion sizes, eating your veggies first, going easy on the alcohol, and taking a post-dinner walk with your family and friends.


Live Well Waco is very thankful for all of our followers and hopes you and your family have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

November is National Diabetes Month!

November is National Diabetes Month

Don’t let diabetes control you, take control of your diabetes. For information about FREE diabetes self-management classes and cooking classes, contact Armando Galindo at 750-5631 or via email at Together, we can create a healthier and stronger community!

The FDA has been working on a diabetes initiative to remove from the market illegal products, including some labeled as dietary supplements that claim to mitigate, treat, cure or prevent diabetes and related complications. The agency recently warned 15 foreign and domestic companies that the sale of their illegally marketed diabetes products violates federal law. Learn more about this topic at

Upcoming Diabetes Self-Management Classes:

Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes

Dates: January 7, 14, 21, 28, and February 4, 2014.

Time: 5:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Location: TBA


Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes

Dates: February 20, 27, March 6, 13, and 20, 2014.

Time: 5:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Location: TBA


Cooking Well with Diabetes

Dates: March 24, 31, and April 7, 2014

Time: 5:30 to 7:00 P.M.

Location: TBA


Sweet Talkers – Diabetes Support Group

Date: Meet every 3rd Monday of the month

Time: 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M.

Location: Waco-McLennan County Public Health District

Enter the Healthy “Selfies” Picture Contest and win prize packages!

Enter the Healthy “Selfies” Picture Contest and win prize packages!

Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice!

Enter the Healthy “Selfies” Picture Contest for your chance to win prize packages!

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month! During this month, submit a picture of your child performing a healthy activity. Each week a winner will be chosen to receive a healthy prize pack filled with fun items to keep him/her fit!

The week of September 8th-14th is Texas Obesity Awareness Week! Adults, submit a picture of yourself performing a healthy activity for your chance to win your own healthy prize package which includes a fun sweat-activated t-shirt (pictured above). One winner will be chosen daily!

You can submit pictures via email to or post to the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District Facebook Page. All pictures submitted will be featured on the Facebook page. Winners will be featured on

Back to School Health Tips!

Heading back to school can be a hectic time for parents and children. So here is a list of some health tips to keep your child healthy during the school year. 

Get some sleep!

            It’s important to establish a routine bedtime so that kids can easily fall asleep and get a good night’s rest. Those children who get enough sleep (at least 10 hours) will be well rested, more attentive and ready to learn at school. Getting enough sleep is also important for a healthy immune system. In order to help establish a good routine bedtime, it is suggested for kids to skip the caffeine after dinner, turning off electronic devices an hour before bedtime, turning phone on silent so alerts and text messages don’t disrupt sleep and getting regular exercise. These tips will ensure that children will get plenty of rest.

Don’t skip breakfast!

            As the name implies, breakfast means breaking a fast. Your body has had no food or nutrients in 10-12 hours, so everything is on low. You must break that fast by eating breakfast and it’s important to make it a healthy meal. Research has suggested that kids are more alert and do better in school when they eat a healthy breakfast. Here are some quick healthy ideas: eggs, which have the nutrient Choline, a B vitamin, that is important for brain function, peanuts or almonds, which help to regulate blood sugar levels throughout the day, whole wheat toast topped with fresh fruit such as strawberries or blueberries instead of jams loaded with sugar, Greek yogurt, and whole grain cereals with fewer than 10 grams of sugar.

Keep germs away!

            Children can pick up germs such as the cold, strep throat and pink eye by touching contaminated surfaces, themselves then touching others. It is recommended that kids avoid the water fountain if possible and bring a water bottle to school, using hand sanitizer before and after each meal, as well as washing their hands thoroughly throughout the day in order to lower the risk of spreading germs and getting sick. Covering your nose and mouth with the crease of your elbow when you sneeze or cough can eliminate the spread of germs too.

Shots! Shots! Shots!

            No one likes getting shots but it’s important to have your child vaccinated with the recommended vaccines for their age in order to reduce the risk of infection by working with the body’s natural defenses to help it safely develop immunity to disease. Contact the health department or your primary care physician for more information of what vaccines your child needs for the school year.

Ensuring your child gets enough sleep, eats a good healthy breakfast, keeps their hands free of germs, and gets the recommended vaccines, will make certain that your child will have a successful school year! Good luck to all of those starting back to school!

 Sources: Mayo Clinic, KidsHealth, ABClocal, American Academy of Pediatrics, Center for Disease Control and Prevention


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