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KATY, TX (March 22, 2017) – Weeks after announcing several new season pass perks for 2017, Typhoon Texas Houston is preparing for the upcoming summer season by expanding its on-site parking while installing new shade structures, rotating misters and other enhancements.

“Everything is about making our great, family-friendly waterpark experience even better for our guests,” notes Typhoon Texas General Manager Evan Barnett.

Perhaps the most noticeable improvement will be outside the west Houston waterpark where Typhoon Texas is adding 400 on-site parking spaces, all within a short walk to the entrance.

Inside the waterpark, Typhoon Texas will install additional shade structures and several rotating misters for those looking to cool off with a light spray of cool water.

Typhoon Texas Houston has upgraded its movie night presentation by adding a massive, custom screen to the back of its wavepool to create a Texas-sized movie screen with theater-like, Surround Sound audio.  The wave pool stage, which hosts live music throughout the season, also has been outfitted with a new lighting package for a more impressive nighttime experience.

Several retail carts around the park will be added offering hats, sunscreen, flip flops and other conveniences.

The west Houston waterpark is also accepting applications for a Texas-sized pool of 1,200 seasonal jobs in water safety, guest relations, food and beverage, programming, maintenance and park services.  Seasonal job applications can be accessed at the waterpark’s website,  Re-hire applications are available for those who worked at Typhoon Texas Houston during the 2016 summer season or the park’s WinterFest event.

Typhoon Texas opens for the 2017 season on Saturday, May 27 through Labor Day.  The park also will be open for special themed nights and group gatherings.

To purchase season passes and for park information, go to  Also, follow the waterpark at and on Instagram and Twitter @TyphoonTexas.

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Fastsigns opened its doors to business owners, elected officials and community members as the Central Fort Bend Chamber celebrated with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Owner, Sid Jajoo thanked all who came to show their support. “We’re in the community to promote business and encourage growth. Fastsigns offers a complete and comprehensive marketing strategy to help you grow. We are here to meet your business needs big or small”. Cynthia McConathy, City of Rosenberg Mayor welcomed Fastsigns to the Rosenberg Community expressing that, “We want you all to be a big part of this city and wish you much success. We will spread the word of the great services you offer and thank you for choosing this community to serve within”.

Fastsigns offers a variety of services for your business that includes, content development to create targeted messages for your customer base, graphic design assistance, project management to make sure your project is executed properly, survey and permitting to ensure all signage is in compliance, sign installation and more.

For more information, visit their website at:

The Central Fort Bend Chamber is a 106 year old non-profit membership organization dedicated to creating a strong local economy where businesses can prosper. The Central Fort Bend Chamber advocates for over 1,000 local businesses led by a volunteer board of directors who are dedicated to sustaining Fort Bend County’s quality of life, and keeping our community and economy vibrant.

For more information on the Chamber or its programs, call 281-342-5464 or visit

Amaya Antiaging and Weight Loss Center

Now Hiring. Bilingual Spanish – English Medical Assistant and Front Desk Staff. Someone with sales experience preferred. Must enjoy talking to clients on phone. Someone who likes to work in a family environment. If you think you are the person Amaya Antiaging and Weight Loss in Katy is looking for then please send your CV and photo to

Associate’s Degree or equivalent with an emphasis on business administration, accounting, bookkeeping, or a related field. Education requirements may be waived with 5 or more years of relevant experience.  Proficient with Microsoft Office suite and an enterprise resource platform such as Oracle, JDE, or NetSuite. Strong customer service skills and basic accounting and bookkeeping skills. Apply at Environmental Solutions Group (ESG) and its related companies provide Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. ESG is a drug-free and tobacco-free workplace.

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486744023 help wantedPine Cove is seeking a ministry minded individual to be the IT Technician. The position performs general data network support, maintenance, diagnose & repair Audio/Visual needs, as well as PC support and troubleshooting. Must be Christian. Visit to apply!

Pete Olson, Cong. TX22 OfficialWASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today issued the following statement in response to reports that former Senator John Glenn passed away:

“Today, we lost a true American hero with the passing of former Senator John Glenn. He was the first NASA astronaut to orbit the Earth and a true public servant.  A pioneer in every sense of the word, Senator Glenn was always eager to explore uncharted territory and reach for the heavens.  He is in the heavens now. Our prayers go out to his family, may he rest in peace.”



In preparation for its grand opening on Feb. 1, the YMCA at Katy Main Street, 1350 Main St., will be hosting a job fair on Dec. 2-3 for approximately 130 full-time and part-time positions. Openings are available in membership, healthy living, aquatics, group exercise, personal training, wellness, childcare and welcome desk staff. For detailed job descriptions, please visit: The Dec. 2 job fair will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. at The Fellowship, 22765 Westheimer Pkwy. in Katy. The Dec. 3 job fair will be held from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at the same lchildcareocation. Applicants should bring a resume and a list of references. Group exercise instructor auditions will take place from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch, 22807 Westheimer Pkwy. in Katy. Applicants must bring copies of their certifications.

Auditions will be divided into five categories:

• Dance-based exercise: Zumba, Night Club Cardio, Body Jam, Latin Dance
• Les Mills trademarked classes: Body Pump, Body Combat, Body Step, Body Flow, Body Attack, GRIT, CX Workx, Body Jam
• Cycle-based exercise: RPM, Sprint, group cycling
• Yoga, pilates, tai-chi
• General aerobics: step, boot camp, muscle conditioning

Applicants who cannot attend the job fair can create a profile online and apply for a position by visiting and clicking on “job opportunities” at the bottom of the page. Positions are open to all.

ymca_blk_cmyk_r [Converted]Announcement to fast track coverage made in November, Diabetes Awareness Month

HOUSTON – After results of a government-funded study revealed that the YMCA’s evidence-based Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) could save the federal government a substantial amount of money, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced earlier this month that it wants to fast track the process of establishing medical coverage for the program – including in the Katy area. Coverage could come as early as 2018.

This is the first time a preventative service pilot funded by the CMS’s Innovation Center has proven to reduce cost and lower cases of Type 2 diabetes.

Nearly 7,000 Medicare beneficiaries who were at high risk for developing diabetes participated in the pilot that tracked their progress in the YMCA’s DPP from 2013-2015. The average weight loss per person was 11.7 pounds one year after participation – a clinically significant loss of weight, according to the CMS. Furthermore, it was demonstrated that Medicare could save an average of $2,650 for each person who participates in the program.

The American Diabetes Association reports that $1 of every $3 Medicare dollars is spent on diabetes care. People with diabetes and prediabetes cost the country $322 billion a year.

While most recent statistics show that 29 million Americans have Type 2 diabetes, 86 million adults, including at least 22 million people ages 65 and older, are prediabetic. Prediabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis.

Research by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has shown that programs such as the YMCA’s DPP can reduce the number of new cases of Type 2 diabetes by 58 percent overall, and by 71 percent in adults over the age of 60.

The YMCA’s DPP, which was created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the NIH, is the largest provider in the nation. It is offered at approximately 1,000 YMCAs – eight in the Houston area – and has helped Americans lose an average of 5 percent of their body weight, significantly reducing their chances of becoming diabetic, according to the CMS.

As of February, the YMCA’s DPP has served more than 42,000 people across the country.

Some insurance carriers currently cover the YMCA’s DPP, which can vary in cost. Participants learn how to cook healthy foods in a variety of sumptuous ways and how to create a balanced plate, among other helpful lessons. The program’s ultimate goal is to help participants reduce their body weight by 7 percent and to increase physical activity to 150 minutes a week.

Qualified participants in the YMCA’s DPP at the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch must be at least 18 years old and have a Body Mass Index of 25 or greater or 22 for Asians. In addition, participants must qualify with a blood glucose level in the prediabetes range, a prediabetes diagnosis from a physician, or a self-assessed score calculated from risk quiz that can be accessed at the following link:

To confirm eligibility, please contact the YMCA of Greater Houston at 713-758-9152 or for more information.


It was only a matter of time for Carrie Felder Stokes. The 56-year-old retiree was overweight, battled high blood pressure, and her bloodwork showed she was quickly on her way to becoming diabetic.

Most recent statistics show that 29 million Americans have Type 2 diabetes. An estimated 86 million have prediabetes, and Stokes is one of them.

Having spent more than $7,000 on various diet programs and special foods over the years, Stokes all but gave up on efforts to improve her health. “I knew that I needed to do something, but I just had a hard time getting motivated,” she said.

After coming across a flier about the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), Stokes signed up last year for the 25-session program.

The YMCA is the largest provider of this evidence-based program, which was developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Now one of approximately 42,000 people in the nation who have completed the program, Stokes has lost 20 pounds, her blood pressure has dropped from 140/100 to 124/76, and her Hemoglobin A1C values – which determine a person’s risk for Type 2 diabetes – are now significantly lower.

“I made friends with people who had similar concerns and we were able to exercise together and encourage each other to remain healthy,” said Stokes, who has participated in a 5K race, a golf tournament, organized a neighborhood walking group and has gotten hooked on Zumba classes offered at the YMCA.

The YMCA began offering the program, which is taught in Spanish at some locations, in 2011 to help reduce diabetes in communities across the country, said Lharissa Jacobs, director of Community Health for the YMCA of Greater Houston.

The program is available at eight YMCAs in the Greater Houston area. It is open to the public and financial assistance is available.

“The YMCA’s DPP is a community-based lifestyle improvement program. Its purpose is to empower adults with lasting lifestyle changes that will improve their overall health and reduce their chance of developing Type 2 diabetes,” Jacobs said.


  • Eating too much sugar does not cause diabetes, but being overweight is a risk factor.
  • People with prediabetes may not have any symptoms.
  • An estimated 86 million Americans ages 20 years or older have prediabetes.
  • Of those 86 million Americans, 89 percent have no idea they are at risk for diabetes.