AgriLife’s Hicks receives state honors for educational programming

Hicks receives state honors

Johanna Hicks, Hopkins County Family & Community Health Extension Agent, recently returned from the 2022 Texas Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences state conference with awards in hand. The Healthy Texas Award was presented at the TEAFCS Awards ceremony in Decatur, TX, with Extension professionals from across the state in attendance. Her leadership with the Community Health/Wellness Alliance to conduct sessions at summer day camps led to impressive results. It all started when the usual “Kids’ Camp: Fun, Food, Fitness” was canceled due to the COVID pandemic. However, Sulfur Springs ISD developed a summer day camp in 2020 for students, which has taken place every summer since then. Additional opportunities for Hicks and her collaborators emerged when Cumby ISD added a camp program to its summer schedule in 2022. Hicks and her team jumped in to help lead sessions.

Hicks and representatives from the Texas Department of State Health Services, United Healthcare and Master Wellness Volunteers have provided education on nutrition, physical activity, hydration, water safety, sun safety, stranger danger and bullying that has made a real impact on their lives. student. Hicks provided incentives to reinforce items being taught, including MyPlate flying discs, sports bottles, MyPlate books, throwing balls and more. Seven issues of the “Color Me Healthy” newsletter, including recipes, healthy eating tips, suggestions for incorporating physical activity into daily life and more, were distributed to parents. Practical cooking sessions in 2021 and 2022 included the importance of increasing fruit and vegetable consumption. They also learned how to read a recipe, use the correct measuring tools, hand hygiene, oven safety and food safety.

The results were impressive. 100% of participants indicated that they plan to drink more water and less sweetened beverages. 100% also indicated that they plan to eat breakfast every morning, while 88% indicated that they plan to eat more fruits and vegetables.

Hopkins County Commissioners’ Court honored

The Hopkins County Commissioners’ Court received recognition at the 2022 Texas Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences state conference. Johanna Hicks, Hopkins County Family & Community Health Extension Agent, nominated the court for their support and participation in Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service events. The court, comprised of Judge Robert Newsom, Mickey Barker, Greg Anglin, Wade Bartley and Joe Price, sees Extension as a viable asset to the community and serves on Extension committees and task forces. They attend Extension Leadership planning meetings, annual Extension Banquet and 4-H Achievement Banquet as their schedules allow. Judge Newsom also helps recognize National 4-H Week by reading a proclamation and offering words of encouragement to our county’s youth.

Judge Newsom was instrumental in encouraging county employees to participate in Walk Across Texas, an 8-week walking program to promote daily physical activity, which took place in the fall of 2021. Three county official teams participated in the event in addition to three other local teams. Total miles logged were 7,883.44. In the words of Johanna Hicks, “The Hopkins County Commissioners’ Court is a shining example of support, encouragement and involvement in Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s work. From improvements to Extension buildings to involvement in Walk Across Texas, each commissioner has strengthened the life of Extension’s work in Hopkins County .”

Contributed by Johanna Hicks, BS, M.Ed. Photos of Callie Cline.

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