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August 20, 2020, Austin, TX
R ESCHEDULED: The It's Time Texas workshop date for San Antonio's "Build Healthier Communities" has been rescheduled for August 20, 2020.


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With coronavirus (COVID-19) on the rise, Texas Action for Healthy Kids has published a Game On library to keep Texas children active and healthy.  The Game On library includes nutrition education, brain breaks, and healthy activities.  With many students out of school, there is also a link of resources available for families to use at home.

It's Time Texas is offering free Tele-Health Coaching! With many stuck at home, health coaches are here to help you stick to your health goals during this challenging time.  The coaches are ready to talk you through your health goals, strengths, and challenges!

In addition to Tele-Health Coaching, It's Time Texas is also fostering dialogue and social connections through story telling.  Texans for Texas allows people to tell their story of how they are helping themselves or others thrive.  Share your story, practices, ideas or inspirations through photos and videos!. Join the conversation and help #TexansThrive.

In health,
Leah & Emily


Action for Healthy Kids
Deadline: August 31, 2020

Clif Bar Family Foundation
Deadline: June 1, 2020


Action for Healthy Kids has several resources available to help you host an Every Kid Healthy Event at your school, including a planning timeline and checklist, event flyers, and media alert templates.

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The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living has released a new one-pager on the child obesity crisis in Texas - Child Obesity Crisis in Texas - as part of their new Texas Child Health Status Report Project.  

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The Safe Routes to School National Partnership has released a report that will help health professionals and others understand the need for robust active transportation financing, what the evidence shows, and how to use funding to create healthy, active communities

Action for Healthy Kids has past and upcoming webinars to listen to.  Visit their website to check out the recent webinars:

Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 1:00pm - 1:30pm CT
Families have a powerful role in supporting their children's health and learning.  However, it's challenging to build relationships in a remote environment.  How can your school effectively partner with families during distance learning? Presented in partnership by Kaiser Permanente and Action for Healthy Kids this live, interactive session will provide educators with concrete ways for family engagement during distance learning to support student health and academic success.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 3:00pm CT
Parents, this one's for you! Learn how you can prepare for a healthy summer with tips and resources on how to keep your kids active and healthy on a budget.  Hear from parents and experts on avoiding excessive screen time and junk food while out at school, and pick up some recipe and activity ideas along the way!

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Action for Healthy Kids also provides Virtual Workshop Opportunities on their website.

Your Child's Brain: What's Going on In There? El Cerebro de su hijo: ¿Qué está pasando allí?
Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 3:00pm - 3:45pm CT
Join us for a virtual parent workshop during Every Kid Healthy Week.  This workshop will look into how our children's brains work and think during their educational years.  We'll explore key happenings in the brain and how to develop healthy habits to help kids learn, build resilience, and keep the brain working most efficiently.  We'll also discuss how families can partner with school staff to implement effective social emotional learning programs. We are working to provide interpretation into Spanish for this event via Zoom.

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The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living has  archived webinars  on their website where y ou can check out these recent webinars:

Dr. McCormick and Dr. Fisher-Hoch covered the basics of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), including: important clinical signs and symptoms, both positive and negative aspects of testing, the role of asymptomatic spread of the coronavirus, the varying rates of spread in different countries, and how we can help flatten the curve.  They also provided exampels of how one incident, such as a birthday party, or one individual infection can spread the virus quickly, the role of travel in the virus spread, and the effectiveness of early and comprehensive testing, case tracking, and shelter-at-home/shelter-in-place interventions.

Joseph B McCormick, MD, UTHealth School of Public Health Brownsville
Susan P. Fisher-Hoch, MD, UTHealth School of Public Health Brownsville

Contaminated Air: The Invisible Threat to Patients and Healthcare Workers

The air, the invisible threat, from the perspective of an environmental health practitioner.  The role of sampling, temperature and humidity, and mitigation strategies.

Linda D. Lee, DrPH, MBA, Chief Medical Affairs and Science Officer, UV Angel; UTHealth School of Public Health


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Region 1:   Dr. Naima Moustaid-Moussa, Texas Tech University ([email protected] )
Region 2/3:  Daniel Bouton, Community Council ([email protected])
Region 4/5N: Terrence Ates, Northeast Texas Public Health District (  [email protected])
Region 6/5S: Gwen Sims, Harris County Public Health ( [email protected])
Region 7:  Kristen Nussa, IT'S TIME TEXAS ([email protected]
Region 8:  Kathy Shields, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District ( [email protected])
Region 9/10: Pema Garcia, Texas A&M University ( [email protected])
Region 11: 
Dr. Belinda Reininger, UTSPH Brownsville ( [email protected])