A Houston/Harris County Childhood Obesity Prevention Collaborative 
March 2016  /  Issue No. 40 
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Alief ISD SHAC Supports HLM Policy Priorities  AliefISD
At the March 8th Alief ISD School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) meeting, members were asked to review the HLM Policy Priorities and highlight the ones they thought they could influence.

Over fifty SHAC members reviewed the nine different policies that are applicable to schools and identified what they were already doing and what can still be done. Once identified, selections were made and prioritized, to include:
  • offering more cooked fresh food
  • looking at structures that encourage play, and
  • providing incentives to teachers who promote/encourage healthy habits


To learn more about these action items and the work of the Alief ISD SHAC, visit the SHAC website or contact Kelley Sullivan, Wellness Coordinator for Alief ISD. 
Cooking Matters Program Piloted in Pasadena CookingMatters 
The first series of Cooking Matters classes was completed this month at Jackson Intermediate in Pasadena, TX. This partnership between Pasadena ISD and the Houston Food Bank was created based on a need, identified at a Pasadena ISD School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) meeting, that many parents need support to learn how to cook healthy.

For six weeks, north Pasadena parents participated in this program. Houston Food Bank nutrition educators spend the beginning of each two-hour class going over topics including meal preparation, grocery shopping, food budgeting and nutrition. During the second half, participants got hands-on time preparing recipes. At the end o
f the class, they took home a bag of groceries they could use to recreate the recipes. 

The Cooking Matters curriculum, provided by  Share Our Strength, helps families maximize the benefits they receive through SNAP (Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps) and WIC (Women, Infants and Children), both federal hunger relief programs. This program directly aligns HLM Policy Priority L2, which is to Support a comprehensive "Community Health Literacy" strategy, inclusive of expanding community education programs on how to cook healthy.

To learn more about this program, visit the Cooking Matters website or contact Stephanie Berno, Nutrition Education Coordinator for the Houston Food Bank.   
HLM is hiring two new positions!HLMHiring 
HLM is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Project Coordinator: Responsible for direct oversight and management of the Healthy Living Matters (HLM) Collaborative, facilitating opportunities to leverage partnerships across Collaborative members and other stakeholders. Click here for full description and application information.

Engagement Specialist:
Responsible for advancing the Collective Impact framework to maximize partnerships and achieve desirable policy outcomes across the Healthy Living Matters (HLM) Collaborative. Click here for full description and application information.  
HCPHES Awarded a Joining Forces Planning Grant for BUILD Health Challenge Project! JoiningForces

The Build Healthy Places Network and Kresge Foundation are happy to share that three BUILD Health Challenge grantees will receive the Network's Joining Forces Planning Grants, including Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services (HCPHES). These six-month grants support planning activities that will result in collaboration between BUILD grantees and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs).

HCPHES will undertake a sustainability planning process resulting in a Healthy Food Financing Plan for scaling, sustaining and replicating urban farms. Partners include the CDFI PeopleFund and the local economic development corporation Pasadena Second Century. For more information on the Harris County BUILD Health Challenge, click here.  
Featured Resource: Hospitals & Health Care Systems Addressing Food Insecurity NeededFeaturedResource 
Do you know of a hospital or health care system that is addressing food insecurity? The Public Health Institute (PHI) in collaboration with the CDC, the CDC Foundation, ProMedica and the AARP Foundation is conducting a study to identify promising practices in health care to address food insecurity and they want to identify hospitals and health care systems that are:
  1. Identifying food insecure individuals with chronic disease through any type of screening tool or assessment; and/or
  2. Addressing the needs of food insecure patients within the hospital environment or in the greater community that the hospital serves.
Those doing this can be recognized as leaders in the emerging field of addressing food security as a health issue and be recognized as a provider of excellence and innovation. Click here for more information.  
Webinar: School Gardening
Thursday, March 31, 2016 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Sabor del Northside
Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Castillo Park, 1145 Quitman St, Houston, TX 77009
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Walk Audit Workshop
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 from 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
CoA/YMCA North Austin Community Rec Center, 1000 W Rundberg Ln, Austin, TX 78758
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Webinar: Surgeon General's Call to Action - Walking as a Practice
Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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HLM-Pasadena Community Task Force Meeting
Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Pasadena City Hall, 1211 Southmore Ave, Pasadena, TX 77502
For more information, contact Katie Chennisi at cchennisi@hcphes.org

CIGNA Sunday Streets Houston
Sunday, April 24, 2016 from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Museum Park (Binz St. from Caroline to Chenevert and Caroline St. from Binz to Wentworth
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To view more events, visit our Calendar of Events webpage