Waco: From the Ground Up focuses on agriculture and health

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension service uses the conference to provide those working in health-related fields how to make best teach families in their communities how to make informed decisions regarding healthy nutrition and diets. (Staff photo)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) For the fifth year in a row, the From the Ground Up--Connecting Agriculture and Health conference Tuesday at the Waco Convention center drew a number of teachers, nutritionists and ag extension agents.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension service uses the conference to provide those working in health-related fields how to make best teach families in their communities how to make informed decisions regarding healthy nutrition and diets.

"If you think about it a lot of people are paying more attention to what they eat," says Colleen Folleen, family community health agent of McLennan County.

"People look at labels and they fall for a lot of gimmicks there's a lot of labels on packaging that are misleading," she said.

Those who work in agriculture, farmers and ranchers shared with those present what are some of the healthiest foods to eat from their crops and livestock.

"You are what you eat and what you eat can be your medicine. It is a big deal for most chronic disease management your diet choices are really going to be one of the biggest impacting factors of your overall health and your ability to manage that disease,” Folleen said.

"Eating fresh vegetables and fruit provide you the nutrients you need, and you're getting more than just the vitamins and minerals you're getting the fiber antioxidants all the other things that come along in that vegetable that are not going to be in your one a day pill," Folleen said.