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About the Healthy Community Network: 
The Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) Healthy Community Network (HCN) unites elected officials who are committed to advancing health in communities across the Lone Star State. These leaders have joined together to reduce hunger, prevent obesity, and promote wellness by ensuring all Texans can embrace the 3E’s of Healthy Living – Education, Exercise, and Eating Right. HCN recognizes the efforts of these leaders and supports their vision for a healthier Texas.

The Healthy Community Network: 
  • SHOWCASES elected officials and their efforts to model healthy behaviors, develop broad-based partnerships, and support key health initiatives. 
  • CONNECTS elected officials to like-minded leaders, city-specific data, and grant opportunities. 
  • INSPIRES Texans to choose healthy lifestyles, serve as role models for young people and partner with others for stronger communities. 

Eligibility and Program Requirements: 
A member of HCN shall be a local elected official in Texas (i.e. Mayor, County Judge, City Commissioner, etc.). HCN members have access to tools and resources that can assist with expanding local wellness partnerships and initiatives. Members receive six newsletters that include topics such as success stories of other HCN members, Food and Nutrition program highlights, and health-focused grant opportunities. HCN members will also receive four HCN challenges to support healthy eating in their schools and communities. HCN members are encouraged to complete all four challenges; however, the level of involvement is up to each individual member.



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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

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U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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