The Waller County Family Fun and Fitness Day, organized by Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension agents, Jernard McCray (4-H), Te’Anna Reed (Family and Consumer Sciences), Kenneth McCullough (Agriculture and Natural Resources) and UnitedHealthcare, included healthy workshops, family physical activities and a healthy lunch with food-preparation tips. UnitedHealthcare provided a certified health educator who answered questions and provided information about health topics such as diabetes, weight control and fitness.

Texas 4-H and UnitedHealthcare joined together to launch a new partnership – Youth Voice: Youth Choice – a program to help young people in the state improve their health and well-being through exercise, proper nutrition and attention to personal safety. 4-H programs in Texas are conducted through the CEP at PVAMU and Texas AgriLife Extension Service. UnitedHealthcare presented Texas 4-H with a $65,000 check to mark the beginning of the partnership.

“Since there is a national focus on healthy lifestyles for young people, this partnership between UnitedHealthcare and Texas 4-H is ideal and gives us the opportunity to work together with parents and youth to promote the benefits of good nutrition and exercise,” said Dr. Carolyn J. Nobles, associate administrator for the Cooperative Extension Program at Prairie View A&M University.

To officially kick-off the partnership, UnitedHealthcare’s Dr. Health E. Hound mascot joined Houston-acclaimed “Strictly Street Salsa” instructor Raul Edwards in leading participating families, community leaders and 4-Hers for a group “Lose It to Salsa” dance exercise, learning fun and easy ways to stay fit.

“I am excited about the 4-H and UnitedHealthcare partnership,” said Gail Long, program specialist – 4-H, Cooperative Extension Program and principle investigator for the CEP 4-H partnership. “This partnership will help young people throughout the state of Texas improve their health through diet and fitness.”

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