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The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre RGV: Savory Layered Dip

The Brownsville Wellness Coalition hosts a program titled “The Happy Kitchen” or “La Cocina Alegre” where community members can learn the importance and benefits of eating healthy foods, with hands-on experience cooking nutritious, low-cost meals with locally sourced ingredients. The interactive, six week series of classes emphasizes the selection and…
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June 1, 2021

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Summer Salsa Snacks You Won’t Regret from Brighter Bites

Summertime is here, and while we’re all out having fun in the sun with family and friends, snack time seems to turn into a routine when school’s out. Before you reach for the bag of Cheetos or grab an ice cream sandwich for your children to snack on during the…
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May 27, 2021

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AlexaHealthy Tacos de Pescado Recipe for Memorial Day Weekend

Hi, my name is Alexandra. I was born and raised in Matamoros Tamaulipas, bordering Brownsville Texas, an area well known for its beautiful beach on the Gulf of Mexico. My parents were always in love with the sea and in their kitchen they transmitted this love for seafood to us,…
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May 27, 2021

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Family-friendly Beef Grilling Recipes for Memorial Day

For most Americans, Memorial Day weekend signifies the end of hectic school-year schedules and the start of laid-back summer days spent with family and close friends. A backyard cookout with great food and fun outdoor activities is a popular way to spend the holiday, especially in Texas! Memorial Day also…
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May 24, 2021

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SNAP-Ed: Building Healthy Recipes for Memorial Day Weekend

Healthy eating is important at every life stage, and Memorial Day weekend is typically a time when multi-generations of family members come together and enjoy a meal. Memorial Day weekend not only kicks off the end of the school year, but is also a time for us to give appreciation…
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May 21, 2021

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What are Social Determinants of Health (SDoH)?

The phrase “social determinants of health” (SDoH) is often used in the jargon of every day health champions and advocates. But what does it mean to the everyday person? Social determinants of health are the social and economic conditions that influence your health status and your community’s health status. Health…
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May 18, 2021

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Trails Lead to Community Success in Rio Grande Valley Region: The Caracara Trails

The Caracara is a native to the southern regions of Texas. With its black wings, white-speckled neck, and orange face, they’re distinct features give them a beautiful and powerful demeanor when stumbled upon in their ecosystem. Rare in the United States, the lower Rio Grande Valley region of Texas is…
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April 1, 2021

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A New Funding Opportunity: Collaborative Innovations for Community Health

Health disparities are a painful reality across the state and a direct result of unfair policies and structures. It’s well past time for taking direct efforts to rebuild a more equitable world. It’s Time Texas (ITT), in partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX), presents Collaborative Innovations…
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March 29, 2021

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5 Tips to Build a Healthier Grocery List

  Spending more time at home has led to eating more meals and more snacks at your own kitchen table. There are days when it doesn’t seem like there’s a healthy food left in the house, or cooking a healthy meal seems like too much of a commitment after a…
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March 18, 2021

Five Exercises You Can Do While Social Distancing

  Finding ways to stay physically active during the pandemic has been a challenge for all of us—no matter your age, fitness level, or preference of workout. Not only is it hard to stay motivated during these times, it’s also a challenge to figure out how to stay safe while…
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January 26, 2021

Who do you wear a mask for?

By Dr. Lourdes Rodriguez, Senior Programs Officer, St. David’s Foundation In moments of crisis, information is critical. We must pay attention and learn how needs change over time – often day by day or even hour by hour. We learn by watching the news, listening to neighbors and community leaders…
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July 15, 2020

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What is Chronic Kidney Disease and Are You at Risk?

You’ve likely heard of health risks like diabetes and high blood pressure, but what about chronic kidney disease? Most people are unaware of this disease, despite it being a common ailment. Approximately 37 million American adults—more than 1 in 7—have chronic kidney disease, putting their health at risk. Furthermore, 9…
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March 2, 2020

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From mindless munching to family feasts: Unpacking emotional eating

If you’ve ever watched a food commercial (or simply walked upright), you’ve probably picked up on the idea that eating isn’t always about physical hunger. At different times, we may use food as a comfort, incentive, distraction, or reward. Maybe you’ve raided the fridge after a stressful day at work…
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February 2, 2020

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Setting SMART New Year’s Resolutions

With 2019 just around the corner, you might be thinking about your New Year’s resolutions. Is getting healthy on the list? How about losing weight or exercising more? If so, you’re not alone. Research shows that resolutions to lose weight and get healthy are some of the most popular. Unfortunately,…
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December 27, 2018

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IT’S TIME TEXAS Community Challenge: Five Winning Strategies to Help Your Community Rise to the Top

Does your community have all systems ready to be successful in the 2019 IT’S TIME TEXAS Community Challenge?! To help your community be successful, we’ve rounded up some helpful tips from previous winners. Keep reading for strategies that your community can use to boost engagement and motivate participants! Work with…
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December 3, 2018