A Houston/Harris County Childhood Obesity Prevention Collaborative 
November 2015  /  Issue XXXVI
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HLM Collaborative Meeting Highlights - Focus on Education Sector HLMMeeting
HLM had a wonderful 4th Quarter meeting last month, with 66 Collaborative members and friends of HLM in attendance!

Attendees at the Fall HLM Collaborative Meeting 
The meeting primarily focused on the education sector and what various local and state groups are doing to promote the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. During the meeting we had presentations from HCPHES, It's Time Texas, and the Kinesthetic Classroom Collaborative, on the specific work they are doing to promote health in the education sector in ways that align with the WSCC model.

Once the presentations were over, attendees formed groups and were asked to discuss additional opportunities to advance HLM priorities (e.g. P2, L4) in schools using the WSCC model as a framework. Each small group brainstormed potential stakeholders in and opportunities for policy advancement across schools and school districts. 

Attendees participating in round table discussions to discuss opportunities for action.  

As usual, the meeting ended with community updates and next steps. To download a copy for the full meeting highlights, click here.
The Kinesthetic Classroom Collaborative and Action Based Learning KCC 
During the Fall HLM Collaborative Meeting the Kinesthetic Classroom Collaborative presented on the work being done around Action Based Learning ( L4) within their school districts. This work reflects a movement where physical activity is being integrated into school curricula through active learning across several local school districts. The catalyst for this movement is the collective leadership of Alief ISD, Spring Branch ISD, and Pasadena ISD.

(L to R) Members of the Kinesthetic Classroom Collaborative, Rebeccas Fuchs, Spring Branch ISD, Renee Canales, Alief ISD, Kelley Sullivan, Alief ISD, and Pam Tevis, Pasadena ISD 

Renee Canales, Principal of Best Elementary School (Alief ISD), described how their onsite kinesthetic labs, movement-based desks in the library and classrooms, and mandatory movement breaks during class are all leading to improved math and reading scores, improved engagement by students, and fewer behavior problems. Parents are also engaged in the approach and now want to keep their children at Best.

Examples of changes made at Best Elementary.  

To view a complete presentation on Action Based Learning at Best Elementary, click here.  
CLI Receives Grant to Combat Childhood ObesityCLI

The Children's Learning Institute (CLI) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston has received a $231,000 grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for a study that will help combat the child obesity epidemic in Texas. This two-year project, led by principal investigators Susan Landry, Ph.D. and Shreela Sharma, Ph.D., of the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, will conduct a pilot test to improve parenting skills for obesity prevention and control among toddlers 2 to 3 years old. The program, which is called ENRICH (Encouraging Nurturing Responsiveness to Improve Child Health), will integrate strategies from two research-proven programs - Play and Learn Strategies (PALS) and the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH). To learn more about this project, contact Ursula Johnson, Ph.D., at Ursula.Y.Johnson@uth.tmc.edu.   
Featured Resources: New Healthy Food Procurement and Healthy Vending ResourcesFeaturedResource
Two new resources are available from the Public Health Law Center to support policy, systems, and environmental change towards healthier food and beverage policies. The first document, From Small Steps to Big Leaps, is specifically designed for use by park and recreation departments and public health professionals to implement healthy food vending or concessions policies or systems change. The second document, Key Components of Food Procurement & Vending Policies: Drafting an Effective Policy, is a more general publication designed for a variety of audiences interested in developing and implementing a healthy vending and/or food procurement policy. 

Webinar: New Cost-Effectiveness and Impact Estimates for Childhood Obesity Interventions
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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HLM Healthcare Sector Leadership Action Team Meeting #3
Monday, December 14, 2015 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services, Conference Room 416
2223 West Loop South, Houston, TX 77027
For more information contact Mr. Tanweer Kaleemullah at tkaleemullah@hcphes.org

To view more events, visit our Calendar of Events webpage