The Center for Healthy Living and Live Smart Texas are proud to announce two winners for the 2013 Texas Health Champion Award. We would like to tip our hats to Dr. William (Bill) G. Squires, Jr. Professor of Biology and Kinesiology at Texas Lutheran University and Texas-based grocery store H-E-B for their outstanding local contributions to the fight against the national obesity epidemic.
H-E-B has used its prodigious influence as a company to educate its clientele on nutrition and promote healthier food choices. Through their work with a team of nutritionists, H-E-B has bolstered the nutritional value of their products, bringing them up to national nutrition standards. They have taken care to offer savings to customers on healthy foods, especially at the end of the month, when some lower-income families may run out of money. The company has not only provided their customers with healthy options, they have also put efforts into raising health awareness by promoting healthy food in their stores through healthy recipe suggestions and holding events like Slimdown Showdown to bring attention to healthy lifestyles. H-E-B’s efforts have helped to improve healthy eating choices where they begin—the grocery store; their many locations mean their work will be far-reaching.
The awards will be presented at the Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony on Thursday, September 12th in Austin (click here to register). For more details about the ceremony and Texas Obesity Awareness Week, visit texasobesityweek.org
Jessica Bickel-Barlow just completed her sophomore year at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She is pursuing a double major in Radio, Television, Film (RTVF) and English Literature and a minor in Theater. This summer she has been keeping busy with internships at Austin Film Festival and Badgerdog Creative Writing Camp as well as with her work in the Communications Department at the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living.