group photoCommunities of Texas, Cancer-Activity-Research-Education-Support (CTxCARES) 2010 mini-grants were awarded recently by the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) School of Rural Public Health Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network to five organizations to develop community strategies for promoting physical activity.

Those receiving grants of $10,000 were The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley; Brazos Valley Community Action Agency; Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Leon County; the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department in Navasota, Texas; and the Parks and Leisure Services Department in Temple, Texas. These mini-grants provide an opportunity for communities to apply evidence-based strategies to addressing lifestyle factors that affect most chronic diseases, including cancer. The TAMHSC-School of Rural Public Health will provide technical assistance to each of these projects to enhance the individual projects as well as build synergies across the funded set of projects.

Pictured above are, from left, back row, Ninfa Peña-Purcell (CTxCARES), Wendy Neyland (Texas AgriLife Extension Leon County), Angie Hochhalter (CTxCARES), Eleanor Ryder (Brazos Valley Community Action Agency), Karrie Bourquin (The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley), Clara Jones (Texas AgriLife Extension Leon County), Dr. Marcia Ory (CTxCARES), Julie Ribardo (Brazos Valley Community Action Agency); front row, Meghan Wernicke (CTxCARES), Christina Seidel (The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley), Sarah Korpita (City of Navasota, Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department), Chuck Ramm (City of Temple Parks and Leisure Services Department), Richard Wood (CTxCARES). For further information, contact Meghan Wernicke at mwernicke@srph.tamhsc.edu.

— Rae Lynn Mitchell