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Check out the Live Well Waco Website for some great information on where to find free or low cost produce, free recreational spaces to engage in physical activity, and information about the dangers of secondhand smoke!

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Active Living Breathe Well Healthy Eating


The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District is excited to announce that our District and Community Services campus is going tobacco free effective this Thursday, May 1st.  In recognition of the day, we will host a few fun activities for everyone to enjoy.

On May 1, 2014:

  • Everyone is encouraged to Go Green in recognition of a healthier smoke free environment.  Please show your support by wearing green on Thursday.
  • At 11:00 am we will host a brief ceremony on the steps of the Health District building (225 W. Waco Dr) to celebrate the policy implementation. 
  •  There will be a symbolic balloon release, banner unveiling and taking of pictures. 
  • Green popcorn will be served in the Health District lobby along with smoking cessation information for those who may be interested.
  • You may also find resources for quitting smoking on the Live Well Waco and Health District websites.

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!

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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.


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!



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

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

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