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Health Ambassadors for a Ready Texas (HART)
Students Leading the Way to Healthy Living
About the HART Initiative
TDA recognizes the power of student support when delivering important messages about child nutrition. The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) created the Health Ambassadors for a Ready Texas (HART) to provide high school students the opportunity to champion healthy eating and wellness within their school community.  Health Ambassadors will gain leadership skills as they engage with school staff, students, their School Health Advisory Committee, and other school partners to:
  1. Promote TDA child nutrition programs,
  2. Improve their school health environment, and
  3. Provide feedback to TDA about food and nutrition programs. 
Eligibility and Ambassador Requirements 
A Health Ambassador shall be a student enrolled in the 9th through 11th grade in a Texas school participating in the National School Lunch Program. Ambassadors will be encouraged to engage in promotional challenges, complete monthly progress reports and attend meetings remotely once every two months with TDA. Meetings with TDA will be held remotely via the internet, conference call or video conferencing technology. Meetings may be held more frequently as determined by TDA. Ambassadors will meet in-person with their school advisor and the Child Nutrition Director or a designated nutrition staff member during their term as a Health Ambassador to discuss opportunities for involvement with upcoming Child Nutrition Initiatives. Selected ambassadors will be serving from January 2019 – June 2020. At the end of their ambassadorship, they will have the option to reapply. Students who complete their term will receive a letter of completion from the Texas Commissioner of Agriculture and the Assistant Commissioner of Food and Nutrition. Membership is at no cost to the school or student. 

Application Instructions
Applicants will be chosen based on the overall quality of the application, student essay responses and school demographics. An answer to each question is required in order for the application to be considered. 

A Complete Application Includes
  • Contact information for the applicant, parent/guardian and school
  • Three (3) short essay responses (typed or neatly written, each answer between 50 – 200 words)
  • Signature from a school staff member who agrees to serve as an on-campus advisor to the ambassador 
  • Waiver form signed by a parent/guardian and the student applicant

Application Deadline
Applications Due to TDA by Friday, November 30, 2018. See application for additional instructions.


Application Questions
Contact TDA at HART@TexasAgriculture.gov or call (877) TEX-MEAL



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