The program’s classes are led by CHWs, and offered in ninety-minute sessions which meet once weekly for four weeks. Participants receive a healthy snack and perform 15 minutes of physical activity. The classes provide the education and support that participants need to adopt a healthier lifestyle for themselves and their families.
In order to ensure that program services are accessible to individuals who are either receiving, or qualify for SNAP benefits, the classes are offered at multiple locations throughout the community including schools, churches, parks, community centers, and other similar locations.
Juntos Podemos began in July 2017. It is funded by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and offers services in the four counties of the Rio Grande Valley (Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy).