Johanna Hicks Receives State Honors and Court of Commissioners Recognition at 2022 Extension Conference

Hopkins County Family and Community Health Extension Worker Johanna Hicks won state honors and the Hopkins County Commissioner’s Court was recognized last week at the 2022 State Conference from the Texas Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences.

Hicks receives state honors

Johanna Hicks received the Healthy Texas Award at the TEAFCS Awards Ceremony in Decatur, an annual event attended by extension professionals from across the state. His impressive leadership results with the Community Health/Wellness Alliance in conducting sessions at summer student day camps were cited for state honor.

Extension Officer Johanna Hicks (Photo courtesy of Callie Cline, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Specialist)

According to Hicks, the program began when the usual “Kids’ Camp: Fun, Food, Fitness” was canceled due to the COVID pandemic. However, Sulfur Springs ISD developed a summer day camp in 2020 for students which has been held every summer since then. Additional opportunities for Hicks and his staff emerged when Cumby ISD added a camp program to its summer schedule in 2022. Hicks and his team stepped in to help lead the sessions.

By providing education on nutrition, physical activity, hydration, water safety, sun safety, stranger danger and bullying, Hicks and Department of Health Services representatives State of Texas, United Healthcare and Master Wellness Volunteers impacted the lives of students attending the camp.

Hicks provided incentive items to reinforce the topics taught, including MyPlate flying discs, sports bottles, MyPlate books, throwing balls, and more. Seven issues of the ‘Color Me Healthy’ newsletter featuring recipes, healthy eating tips, suggestions for incorporating physical activity into daily life, and more. were distributed to parents. Practical cooking sessions in 2021 and 2022 included the importance of increasing fruit and vegetable intake. Students also learned how to read a recipe, use the correct measuring utensils, hand hygiene, oven safety and food safety.

The results were particularly impressive:

  • 100% of participants said they planned to drink more water and fewer sugary drinks.
  • 100% also said they plan to eat breakfast every morning, and
  • 88% said they plan to eat more fruits and vegetables.

Hopkins County Commissioners Court Honored

The Hopkins County Commissioners Court was also recognized at the 2022 State Conference of the Texas Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences.

Hopkins County Precinct 2 Commissioner Greg Anglin, Precinct Commissioner 3 Wade Bartley, Extension Officer Johanna Hicks, Precinct Commissioner 4 Joe Price and Precinct Commissioner 1 Wade Bartley
(Pphoto courtesy of Callie Cline, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Specialist.)

Hicks appointed the Court of Commissioners for its support and participation in Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service events.

The Court of Commissioners, consisting of Judge Robert Newsom, Commissioner of Precinct 1 Mickey Barker, Commissioner of Precinct 2 Greg Anglin, Commissioner of Precinct 3 Wade Bartley and Commissioner of Precinct 4 Joe Price , views the extension as a viable asset to the community, and sits on extension committees and working groups. , Hicks located in his nomination. Tribunal members attend Extension Leadership Planning Meetings, the Annual Extension Banquet, and the 4-H Achievement Banquet, according to their schedules. Newsom also helps recognize National 4-H Week by reading a proclamation and giving encouraging words to youth in our county.

The county judge, Hicks noted, was instrumental in encouraging county employees to participate in Walk Across Texas, an 8-week walking program to promote daily physical activity, which took place in the fall 2021. Three official county teams participated in the event in addition to three other local teams. Total miles traveled during Walk Across Texas was 7,883.44.

In the words of Johanna Hicks, “The Hopkins County Court of Commissioners is a shining example of support, encouragement and involvement in the work of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. From Extension Building improvements to participation in Walk Across Texas, each commissioner has boosted the life of Extension’s work in Hopkins County.

Congratulations to Hopkins County Extension Officer Johanna Hicks and the Court of Commissioners on receiving this recognition for their efforts and support of the local community.

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