Bell County

Impacting Families through Reading

May 21, 2018 - Educating families about positive parenting practices and healthy family functioning is essential to improving overall child and family health and well-being. Helping the child learn to read and write are positive parenting practices and essential skills that lead to a child's success in school and later life. According to many experts, [...]

A Taste of African Heritage Cooking Series Increases Healthy Habits

May 21, 2018 - According to, Bell County, Texas has approximately 29% of adults that are obese, and 28% are physically inactive. Fifty-six percent of people in Bell County ages 18 to 44 are at risk for obesity (The Texas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 2011-2015). Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 [...]

The Safe Sitter Program Teaches Teens How to be Better Babysitters

According to, "all parents eventually face the decision to leave their children home alone for the first time. Whether they are just running to the store for a few minutes or working during after-school hours, parents need to be sure their children have the skills and maturity to handle the situation safely. Being trusted [...]

Families/Fathers Reading Every Day

Positive parenting practices play an essential role in children's development and later life success. Many aspects of life affect parenting including parent characteristics (e.g., personality, cognitive abilities, health, age, and level of education); child characteristics (e.g., temperament, developmental progress, mental health); family economic resources; and family structure (e.g., single, two parent, grandparents raising grandchildren). 35% [...]

Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity continues to be an issue identified by our national government and regional and county stakeholders. It was identified in our Texas Community Futures Forum and is also a NIFA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture) goal for the Cooperative Extension Program. During the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in [...]

CEP County Agent Makes Front Page News

Bell County Cooperative Extension Program (CEP) agent and Registered Dietician Sheryl Austin was featured on the front page of the Food Section in the Temple Daily Telegram. The article highlighted Austin’s recent cooking class. Prairie View A&M University's CEP partnership with Oldways, Inc, has allowed extension agents in Dallas, Bell, and Waller counties an opportunity [...]

Safe Sitter Training in Bell County

When parents look for someone to watch their children, they want someone who is dependable and responsible. Bell County and Central Texas Housing Consortium offer a Safe Sitter Training course that teaches babysitters the qualities parents seek in having someone care for their children. Designed for youth age nine and older, the training teaches participants [...]