Fallon Foster’s visual aids include a giant clogged artery and a bag called “five pounds of fat.”

The Texas AgriLife Extension Service’s Better Living for Texans targets youths and adults of all ages who want to learn to eat well and save money.

Foster, 26, Orange County’s BLT assistant, is a health education graduate of Lamar University.

“The way I became involved with extension was by interning,” she says. “I enjoy working with adults and kids – teaching them the importance of being healthy. It’s all about the prevention and promotion of health that will help to prevent diseases.”

Better Living for Texans is designed to teach comparing prices, healthy menu choices, preparing healthy meals and the importance of physical fitness. Other topics include choosing foods that are inexpensive and good to eat, making your food dollars last longer, making sure you and your family have enough to eat, using food labels to choose good foods at the grocery store, making your favorite food with less fat and sugar; and helping your children learn how to eat healthy snacks they will like.

Foster encourages program participants to share their new knowledge with friends and family.

“You can learn about unit pricing to help stretch your food dollars, or how to read labels to make healthier meal choices – or even how to keep pests out of your pantry,” she says.

Paula Tacker, 34, Foster’s supervisor and county extension agent for Family Consumer Sciences, also has a health education degree from Lamar, as well as a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington.

“I enjoy helping people learn and practice healthy lifestyle choices in order to avoid or control chronic diseases,” she says. “We don’t appreciate our health until we lose it.”

To be a part of the Better Living for Texans program, call the Extension Office at 882-7010, e-mail Orange-tx@tamu.edu or drop by the office at 11867 Texas 62 N. in Mauriceville from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.