Youth Volunteer as “Nutrition Ambassadors”

December 17, 2013

Making-a-Difference-SummerFourteen youth, ages 13-18, from throughout Bexar County and an adult leader have volunteered to serve as “nutrition ambassadors” to spread the word about healthy eating to people in their respective communities.

“These young people were part of the recent statewide Youth Leadership Laboratory at Prairie View A&M, said Desiree Rucker, Cooperative Extension Program agent for 4-H and Youth Development in Bexar County. “This Bexar County team decided to do a community education program using United Health Care’s ‘Eat for Health’ curriculum. Their primary focus will be to work in limited-resource areas of Bexar County, but they will be working in other areas as well.”

Rucker said this year’s leadership lab was sponsored by United Health Care, Walmart, and both the Houston and San Antonio livestock shows and had the theme of Speak Up, Speak Out 4-Health.

“The Bexar County team developed a plan and committed themselves to provide useful and practical nutrition information to people in their community through presentations in small community venues.” She said, “They will each have an area of expertise for their presentation, such as healthy snacking, avoiding fast foods and soft drinks, and eating a healthy breakfast.”

Rucker and Grace Guerra-Gonzalez, Cooperative Extension Program agent for Family and Consumer Sciences will work together with the nutrition ambassadors to implement the program and help them with their educational outreach. Groups interested in having the nutrition ambassadors speak at a community venue, may contact Rucker at 210-467-6575.

Referenced from the Summer 2013 Texas AgriLife Extension publication, “Making a Difference in Bexar County” Volume 1, Issue 5