Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Walk to School Day is Here!

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It's national Walk to School Day! This event, originally organized to raise awareness of the need for walkable communities, has built quite a response since its start in 1997. Over time, the day has grown not only to encourage walking, but biking and any other form of active transportation to inspire kids to keep moving and meet their physical activity needs. Need more reasons to celebrate the day? How about healthier habits, cleaner air, connecting with your environment and community, just to name a few. Let’s help make sure kids can walk and bike safely to school today with these recommendations laid out in our infographic below.

See full infographic here

Find more information about Walk to School day and how you can celebrate here:

Written by:

Amanda Taylor
Communications Assistant,
Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Faculty Spotlight: Dan Taber

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“Don’t underestimate the impact you can have as a student" -one of the many phrases of wisdom from Dr. Daniel Taber,  this week’s faculty spotlight. Watch the video below to learn more about Dr. Taber’s journey from changing school nutritional guidelines on the federal level as a graduate student to investigating how diet and obesity operate within a systems framework. Don't miss out on getting to know one of the newest professors at the Center! 

Every month we will highlighting two faculty members of the Michael and Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living. Tune in each month to learn more about their current projects, thoughts on public health, and advice to future students.

Video and content created by:
Kate McKerlie

MPH Candidate and Graduate Assistant
University of Texas Health Sciences Center
School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus

Sunday, September 20, 2015

TOAW Partner Spotlight: Action for Healthy Kids

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Action for Healthy Kids was formed in 2002 when then Surgeon General David Satcher declared the United States had an obesity epidemic. Action for Healthy Kids operates under three key elements that have made the organization a success: school action plans, programs and practices, and school-family-community partnerships. The organization has promoted universal breakfast and breakfast in the classroom, and has awarded more than $200,000 in grants for Texas schools. Over the past 12 years Action for Healthy Kids has grown to influence more than 5,000 schools. Texas Action for Healthy Kids also hosts the TAHK Annual Summit and Awards for Excellence in School Health. We appreciate the work behind this organization and their partnership in making healthier environments for kids to live healthier lives!