Thursday, September 4, 2014

These youth "Rising Stars" are turning the tide on obesity in Texas

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The annual Rising Star Award is presented to a young Texan, 12-18 years of age, who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in the community in an effort to raise awareness and reduce the burden of the obesity epidemic. This year's applicants absolutely blew us away with their passion for improving the health of their peers, their innovative approaches to the problem, and the impact they are having (and will continue to have) in their communities.

The Rising Star Award winner will receive a full scholarship to attend the Southern Obesity Summit in Louisville, Kentucky this October--this includes registration fees, airfare, hotel, and meals--sponsored by the Texas Health Institute.

The Rising Star Award winner will be recognized at the 7th Annual Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony in Austin on September 9th.  The event is free and open to the public, click here to register.

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Ice Bucket* and Obesity Challenge of Texas

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Over 26 million people live in Texas. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 17 million (66.7%) Texans – children and adults – are overweight or clinically obese.[1] Texas has the 10th highest adult obesity rate in the nation[2], and for kids the problem is even worse. The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living (the Center)’s SPAN Survey (2009-2011) found that among 4th graders in Texas, 23.8% of students were obese. As students grow older, the problem persists, with 23% of 8th graders and 21.6% of 11th graders found to be obese.[3]

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Health Fits Into Every Day: Infographic!

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Thank you to everyone who has been participating in our #HealthySchoolStart challenge this month!  You've shown us how health really can fit into EVERY day!  All month we've been encouraging you to try out some new healthy habits this school year.  We know that being active and eating healthfully is easier – and fun – when it's part of a daily routine.  We've created an awesome infographic that ties together all of our #HealthySchoolStart tip sheets, and we hope you'll check it out to see how you can make health fit into every day of your life!