Family and Community Health (FCH) is part of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M University System. The Liberty County Extension Service offers practical information for families like nutrition, health and wellness, food safety, family life, consumer education, financial stability, chronic disease education and prevention, safety and injury prevention, housing and emergency management.
Featured Classes and Services
Food Handler’s Certification Course
The 2 hour certification course is available for any individual, food service employee, cottage food business owner, student, or food manager who needs to renew or obtain the 2 year Food Handler’s Certification. The course is offered at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office located at 501 Palmer Ave. in Liberty, TX 77575. The 2 hour course is $20. I have allowed 30 additional minutes for registration and evaluation. For additional information and to find out when the next scheduled course is please call the Extension Office (936) 334-3230.
2020 Classes are offered at the Extension Office from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
September 30, 2020
November 18, 2020
Cooking Up a Cottage Food Business
Looking for your own business opportunity? Starting a Cottage Food Business can be easy! During this class participants can learn how to establish a new personal business, tips to maintaining a successful business, the Texas Cottage Food Laws, learn what food items can be produced from home and where those items can be sold and how to avoid potentially hazardous food items. The 3 hour course is $10 and participants may inquire about the class schedule and registration by contacting Alexis Cordova at (936)334-3230.
Canner Gauge Testing Service
Whether you have finished canning winter produce or are gearing up for some summer canning, get your pressure canner lid inspected, which is a service we offer here at our office. Gauges that read high cause under-processing and may result in unsafe food. Low readings cause over processing. Pressure adjustments can be made if the gauge reads up to 2 pounds high or low. Replace gauges that differ by more than 2 pounds or follow your canner manufacturer recommendations. Please feel free to schedule a testing/inspection with Alexis by calling our office.
Brown Bag Lunch Series
This FREE program teaches individuals how to balance time, manage stress, eat mindfully, be physically active, and sleep well in order to live a more balanced, fulfilling life. Bring your own lunch!
Next Class Series: TBA
Location: 501 Palmer Ave. in Liberty, TX 77575
To Sign Up: Call the Extension Office at (936) 334-3230
Mental Health First Aid USA
Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews appropriate supports. This 8-hour course uses role-playing simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. The program also teaches common risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).
Mental Health First Aid teaches participants a five-step action plan, ALGEE to support someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or experiencing an emotional crisis:
- Assess for risk of suicide or harm
- Listen non-judgmentally
- Give reassurance and information
- Encourage appropriate professional help
- Encourage self-help and other support strategies
Like CPR, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person in crisis and connect the person with help. First Aiders do not diagnose or provide any counseling or therapy. Instead, the program offers concrete tools and answers key questions like, “What do I do?” and, “Where can someone find help”? Certified Mental Health First Aid instructors provide a list of community health and addictions treatment and support. All trainees receive a program manual to complement the course material.
If you or a group you are associated with are interested in becoming a Mental Health First Aider, please contact Alexis to obtain information on the next training class or to schedule a class.
Keep your family safe and healthy prior to an Emergency:
For additional Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Information, visit Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN)