A Houston/Harris County Childhood Obesity Prevention Collaborative 
July 2015  /  Issue XXXII
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Northside Residents Re-Convene GO Health Group Northside 

Northside, a HLM target neighborhood, prides itself in community togetherness. The community is where public health begins and they seem to excel at this, so this is where we must set our focus.  

HLM project staff, Jennifer Hadayia and Dalton McInnis experienced this community togetherness when they attended the inaugural State of the Northside address on June 6th where they voted on healthy options for the Northside community. When all was said and done, the neighborhood agreed that childhood obesity ranks the highest amongst the community's health concerns.   




The propelling force of this process is GO Health, a resident-driven community group with ambitions to capitalize on connectivity and access to healthy options. Their initiative is inspired by ideas on how to putting the "GO" instead of "NO" into making healthy decisions. Randall Ellis of Avenue CDC would like the team to focus on increasing access to health resources through outreach events.  


The GO Health team plans to host a health event to kick off this reborn group on July 21st (see Upcoming Events for more details). For more information about this and other initiatives in Northside, please contact Randall Ellis at randalle@avenuecdc.org.

BUILD Health Challenge Kick-Off Event BUILD

The BUILD Health Challenge funders recognize the Harris County BUILD Health Partnership as a national leader in promoting health. This Thursday, July 16th, local partners will host a kick-off event for media and the public at Pasadena City Hall, located at 1211 Southmore Ave, Pasadena, TX 77502.

The event will offer opportunities to speak with partners and to learn first-hand about this project. For more information, dowload our flyer.
Plan Houston: Building Houston's Future PlanHouston


Plan Houston is a guide to the City's future. Having this guide improves the City's effectiveness through consensus on community goals and actions necessary to achieve them.  

Plan Houston's draft recommendations include 12 policy directives for the City of Houston. These directives are simple statements that provide consensus on the priorities the City should pursue to help achieve the broader community's goals. They are:

1. Spend money wisely

2. Grow responsibly

3. Nurture safe and healthy neighborhoods

4. Connect people and places

5. Support a global economy

6. Sustain quality infrastructure

7. Champion learning

8. Foster an affordable city

9. Protect and conserve our resources

10. Communicate clearly and with transparency

11. Build partnerships

12. Celebrate what's uniquely Houston 


To learn more about these draft policy directives and the strategies needed to implement them, the Planning Commission will hold various meetings to hear from residents and business owners. Nearly 200 people attended the first meeting on June 29th. Additional meetings will be held on: 
- Tuesday, July 14 at Tracy Gee Community Center, 3599 West Center Dr, Houston, TX 77042 from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM 
- Tuesday, July 21 at Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd, Houston, TX 77055 from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

For more information go to Plan Houston. For questions or comments, please email PlanHouston@houstontx.gov

Featured Resource: The 2015 Health Champion Award Nomination Period Now Open! FeaturedResource


The Texas Health Champion Award is part of the annual Texas Obesity Awareness Week, and will be presented to an individual and/or organization who has demonstrated exemplary achievements in reducing the burden of obesity in Texas.  The individual and/or organization receiving this award must have mobilized community efforts to prevent and reduce obesity and promoted physical activity and healthy eating through research, practice, policy development, social marketing, behavioral interventions, or innovative partnerships.  Nominees may be individuals, organizations, or project teams from community organizations, educational agencies, non-profit organizations, or government offices.  Self-nominations are welcome

To download the application, click here. The deadline for applications is July 31, 2015. For more information, contact Heather Atteberry at heather.n.atteberry@uth.tmc.edu

Harris County BUILD Health Challenge Kick-Off
Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Pasadena City Hall, 1211 Southmore Ave, Pasadena, TX 77502
More information

HLM-Pasadena Community Task Force Meeting
Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Pasadena City Hall, 1112 Southmore Ave, Pasadena, TX 77502
For more information, contact Katie Chennisi
Webinar: Active Transportation and Equity - Key Challenges and Opportunities from the Field
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
More information

Northside GO Health Summer Kick-Off

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

MD Anderson YMCA, 705 Cavalcade St, Houston, TX 77009

For more information, contact Randall Ellis 


Plan Houston Public Meeting
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd, Houston, TX 77055
More information       


HLM Quarterly Collaborative Meeting

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 from 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

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

For more information or to RSVP, contact us at info@healthylivingmatters.net  


Growing Healthy Texas Regional Training

Thursday, July 23 and Friday, July 24, 2015

Wyndham Garden Amarillo, 3100 IH 40 West, Amarillo, TX 79102

More information 


To view more events, visit our Calendar of Events webpage