A Houston/Harris County Childhood Obesity Prevention Collaborative 
January 2015  /  Issue XXVII
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Local Employers Creating a Culture of Health
Shape Up Houston in partnership with the Clinton Foundation hosted a conference on Best Practices in Employee Health on December 10, 2014. This half-day conference tailored to employers concerned about the health of their employees and its impact on profitability, featured sessions that demonstrated successful strategies to improve employee health and reverse the cost trend.

Presenters included representatives from MD Anderson, ConocoPhillips, General Electric, Blinds.com, and others who shared success stories on: 

  • Building a Culture of Health
  • Tobacco-Free Policy Implementation
  • Worksite Wellness Program Legal Implications
  • Optimizing Engagement, Participation, and Outcomes of Wellness Programming
During the Culture of Health session we learned that a large number of ConocoPhillips employees participate in the Good for You! campaign, a multi-year campaign designed to help employees maintain or improve overall health and wellness. ConocoPhillips has also invested in a Wellness Services Facility at their Houston campus offering staff the amenities with which to become and remain healthy. "The investments that ConocoPhillips has made in wellness facilities and services and the company's efforts to engage its employees in support of healthier lifestyles are part of what makes this a great place to work.  It's good for employees and our families, it's good for our business, and it's how we do things here." added Bruce Wilcoxon,  Director of Corporate Public Policy with ConocoPhillips and former Co-Chair of Healthy Living Matters.

The ConocoPhillips Wellness Services Facility in Houston opened in 2007. This facility offers 90,000 square feet of space, which includes an aquatic center, a strength and cardio floor, group fitness rooms and indoor/outdoor sports fields.
Recommendations Regarding Obesity Prevention and ControlObesityRecs

The Community Preventive Services Task Force, an independent, non-federal, unpaid panel of public health and prevention experts recently posted new information on its website on  Behavioral Interventions that Aim to Reduce Recreational Sedentary Screen Time Among Children.       

The task force recommends behavioral interventions to reduce recreational sedentary screen time among children aged 13 years and younger. This finding is based on strong evidence of effectiveness in reducing recreational sedentary screen time, increasing physical activity, improving diet, and improving or maintaining weight-related outcomes.  

IT'S TIME TEXAS Summit - Call for PresentersITT

IT'S TIME TEXAS is nonprofit organization working to unite and accelerate the health movement in Texas and beyond. The IT'S TIME TEXAS Summit is a unique showcase that unites health champions from across Texas, and provides attendees with innovative tools, resources, presentations and informational sessions designed to drive engagement in community health. The Summit will take place June 15-16, 2015 at the J.W. Marriott Austin at 110 E. 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701.  To submit a proposal to present at the Summit and share your success stories, click here.  

LMCC Recognition Event - Seeking NomineesLMCC
Let's Move! Child Care (LMCC) is excited to announce a call for nominations for child care and early education centers and homes who are participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and primarily serve children 0-5 years of age; CACFP sponsoring agencies; and State CACFP agencies who are making outstanding efforts to improve child nutrition programs that promote young children's health and prevent childhood obesity. To make a nomination for this special recognition and see the selection criteria, click here
Featured Resource: Health on the ShelfFeaturedResource
ChangeLab Solutions has released "Health on the Shelf". This toolkit describes how to create a strong healthy small food retailer certification program that requires participating stores to increase the variety of healthy foods they sell, reduce the offerings of unhealthy foods, and proactively market healthy options with help from a sponsoring agency or organization. It provides step-by-step instructions for developing a certification program, with ideas and examples from existing programs. Click here to download this document.


A Longitudinal Cohort Study of Body Mass Index and Childhood Exposure to Secondhand Tobacco Smoke and Air Pollution: The Southern California Children's Health Study Full Report   


Buses, Boots & Bicycles: Exploring Collaboration Between Safe Routes to School and School Busing Professionals to Get Children to School Safely and Healthily Full Report 


Healthier Corner Stores: Positive Impacts and Profitable Changes Full Report  


Active Education: Growing Evidence on Physical Activity and Academic Performance Research Brief 


Healthy Living Matters Collaborative Meeting

January 26, 2015 from 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

DePelchin Children's Center, 4950 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77007 


Texas Action for Healthy Kids Annual Summit 

January 30, 2014 from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

JJ Pickle Commons Learning Center, 10100 Burnet Road, Houston 78758 

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Legislative Briefing for Healthy Living Matters
February 6, 2015 from 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Texas Capitol, Austin, TX

State of Health Launch
February 18, 2015 from 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston, 303 Jackson Hill St, Houston, TX 77007

Latino Health Summit 

February 27, 2015 from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

University of Houston, College of Education - Stephen Powell Farish Hall, KIVA Room 101
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Building the Next Generation of Healthy Communities
March 4-6, 2015
Hilton Anatole, 2201 N. Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX 75207
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