A Houston/Harris County Childhood Obesity Prevention Collaborative 
September 18, 2014  /  Issue XXIV

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FeaturedArticle Bike for Health Event a Success!

On August 21st, Cleveland Ripley Neighborhood Center, in partnership with Healthy Living Matters, Bike Houston, Pearland BMX, and the City of Pasadena Police Department, hosted a Bike for Health event.  Over 200 attendees were presented with information about bike safety, bike laws and ways to make the City of Pasadena more bike friendly. Children in attendance received bike helmets, safety lights and were entered to win one of five bicycles.  



This event is just one example of the bike-related efforts being made in the city of Pasadena. Through the REACH grant received by HLM, many Pasadena ISD school campuses and city parks have received bike racks and will also be receiving a "Bike Friendly Facility" sign that they can use to encourage and support biking as a way of active transportation. Along with the signs, all facilities will be asked to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which details what it takes to be "bike friendly".  


SpreadtheWordSpread the Word About Childhood Obesity Awareness Month!
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and HLM has started a Twitter campaign to continue to raise awareness about this important issue. Please join us by tweeting any of the following throughout this month:

- Activities your organization is engaged in to prevent childhood obesity

- Statistics or facts about childhood obesity

- Tips in the areas of EAT, PLAY and/or LEARN that help to prevent childhood obesity


Be sure to tag all of your Tweets with #ChildObesity, and check out our website, www.healthylivingmatters.net for help with content, statistics or information for your Tweets!  For  sample tweets and other great ideas on how to raise awareness this month, visit the Health Finder website.     

Member Highlight: Collaborative for Children

On August 2nd, Collaborative for Children, a non-profit organization aimed at improving the quality of early education in Greater Houston, hosted a conference titled "Scaffolding Play to Support Learning and Development." The goal of the conference was to provide highly specialized trainings that meet the needs of early childhood educators, including sessions on health and wellness. Trainings were developed utilizing the Texas Early Learning Guidelines and the Texas Core Competencies for Practitioners and Administrators. All 250 participants received resource kits that included:

- Ready, Set, Move Classroom Activity Set

- Nutrition and Fitness Activity Kit

- Dancin' Feet Fever CD 


To learn more about the trainings offered by Collaborative for Children, visit www.collaborativeforchildren.org.
HLMCollabintheNewsHLM Collaborative Members in the News 

HLM Collaborative Members have been busy spreading the word about Childhood Obesity! Giselle Patterson of YMCA of Greater Houston and HLM Executive Committee Member was interviewed on September 14th by KPRC, Houston Newsmakers. Giselle discussed ways children and families can take action in order to prevent obesity. Click here to watch the full interview (interview begins at 8:18 minutes).   


Jasmine Opusunju, DrPH, Executive Director of CAN DO Houston was featured in the September 1st issue of Houstonia magazine. Her message focused on "making the healthy choice the easy one".  Click here to read full article.  

Featured Resource: Safe Routes to School Technical Assistance

If you are working to make streets safer or to increase access to playgrounds and parks so that children and families in your community can have more opportunities for physical activity - the Safe Routes to School National Partnership (SRTSNP) can help!. SRTSNP is offering free technical assistance to successful applicants working in uderserved communities on campaigns to obtain shared use agreements, Complete Streets policies or other policies in support of walking, bicycling and Safe Routes to School. To find out more about this opportunity, visit the SRTSNP website. Applications are due September 26th by 5 PM.




Overweight and Obesity Among Latino Youths. Fact Sheet  


Overweight and Obesity Among African American Youths. Fact Sheet 


The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America. Full Report  


Associations Between Active Commuting, Body Fat and Body Mass Index. Full Article   


Growing a Movement: Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Final Report. Full Report  


Lessons for Leaders: Navigating the Process of Healthy Community Change. Full Report 



HLM-Pasadena Community Task Force Meeting

Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Pasadena City Hall, 1211 Southmore St, Pasadena, TX 77502 


Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play

Saturday, September 20, 2014  

More information  


Webinar: Community Development = Healthy Neighborhoods  

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 

Webinar: Advocating for Healthy Vending and Procurement
Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
To view more events, visit our Calendar of Events webpage