A Houston/Harris County Childhood Obesity Prevention Collaborative 
February 7  2017  /  Issue No. 50      
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HLM Collaborative Meeting 
HLM Advocacy in the 2017 Legislative Session 

When: Friday, February 17, 2017 
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM - Networking
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM - Collaborative Meeting

Where: United Way of Greater Houston
50 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77007
Conference Rooms G & H

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HLM - Texas 85th Legislative Watch 2017
Bills to Watch 

Legislation:  SB 193 -  Garcia  
Summary: Relating to Texas Community Schools.

Legislation: HB 164 -  Lucio III  
Summary: Relating to the establishment of a grocery investment fund.

Legislation:  HB 168 -  Lucio III    
Summary: Relating to creating a voluntary program to recognize licensed before-school and after-school programs that promote healthy eating and physical activity.

Legislation:  HB 367  -  Diego
Summary: Relating to the feeding hungry children through efficient use of excess food in public schools. 

Legislation: SB 355 -  Watson  
Summary: Relating to the adoption and implementation of a recess policy by public school districts.  
IT'S TIME TEXAS Community Challenge  ProUnitas 
It's that time of year again! Time to challenge ourselves and work to keep  our resolutions of maintaining a health lifestyle.  The best way to keep your resolution is to make yourself accountable. A great resource to use is the community challenge provided by IT'S TIME TEXAS.

The IT'S TIME TEXAS Community Challenge, presented by H-E-B, is a free, statewide competition in which Texas communities compete to see which can demonstrate the greatest commitment to healthy living!  Click here to watch a tutorial video explaining how to interact with the Challenge website.  
The IT'S TIME TEXAS Community Challenge unites and mobilizes community members, schools, businesses, organizations, and mayors to see which communities can demonstrate the greatest commitment to healthy living. The only statewide competition of its kind, the Community Challenge is designed to provide an easy and fun way for entire communities to mobilize in celebration of healthy living. We're happy to highlight their work support a comprehensive "Community Health Literacy" strategy as it relates to Learn 2 of policy priorities.

For more information about how the competition works and how you can help your community win the title, check out the  FAQs!.    
Bike Friendly Facility Sign Giveaway CompleteCommunities

Are you a workplace in Harris County that encourages employee health and active transportation? Do you have an accessible bike rack at your facility? If so, then you could win a free Bike Friendly Facility sign to display at your location. HLM is providing free signs to the first 25 organizations that email us with a picture of their bike rack and a signed copy of the Bike Friendly Facility MOU. 

In most cases offices and locations are bike-friendly and employees are unaware of the policy. This is a great way to showcase your office's dedication to healthy lifestyle. HLM is excited for this project due as it works towards our policy priority, Play (1) - Support the development and adoption of "Safe Neighborhoods"  Policy. If you are interested in picking up your own Bike Friendly Facility sign then please contact
Health Experts Release New Guidances for Improving Recess in U.S. Schools ItsTimeTexas

Health experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) have partnered to release a series of guidances intended to help both elementary and secondary school leaders improve recess for the benefit of U.S. students. This is a great resource that highlights our policy priority Play (4&5) encouraging institutions to expand appropriate outdoor playing time. 

Examples of some of the 19 recommendations include encouraging leaders to:
  • identify and document recess policies
  • train school staff and volunteers for recess
  • teach conflict resolution skills
  • provide a combination of recess strategies
  • collect information on recess to show the effect on student and school outcomes

The document also provides a series of resources that leaders can look at to guide their improvement plans. Examples of resources include a guide for recess during inclement weather, a public playground safety handbook and conflict resolution techniques for school children.

Welcome to We Can! Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition WellnessToolkit
We Can!  is a collaboration between the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the  Eunice Kennedy Shriver  National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Cancer Institute.

Research shows that parents and caregivers are the  primary influence  on this age group. The  We Can!  national education program provides parents and caregivers with tools, fun activities, and more to help them encourage healthy eating, increased physical activity, and reduced time sitting in front of the screen (TV or computer) in their entire family. HLM is happy to provide this resource as it relates to our policy priority Eat (6) - advocate for low fat, low calorie drinks and Learn (2) - support a campaign on healthy eating for families. 

We Can!  also offers organizations, community groups, and health professionals a centralized resource to promote a healthy weight in youth through community outreach, partnership development, and media activities that can be adapted to meet the needs of diverse populations. Science-based educational programs, support materials, training opportunities, and other resources are available to support programming for youth, parents, and families in the community.

GO Health Team 2017 Kick-Off
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Leonel Castillo Community Center - 2101 South St, Houston, TX 77009
For more information contact Mark Solano @ msolano@hcphes.org 
Bike Houston - Learn to Ride Class
Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
3511 Linkwood Drive  Houston TX 77025, US

The Future of Healthy Children: Building Resilience and Mitigating Adversity for our Children, Families and Communities
Thursday, February 16th, 2017 from 1:00PM - 4:00PM 
Crime Stoppers Houston - 3001 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002
HLM - Quarterly Collaborative Meeting
Friday, February 17th, 2017 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
United Way - Greater Houston; 50 Waugh Drive Dr, Houston, TX 77007
For more information contact Frances Nguyen @  fnguyen@hcphes.org

Bike Houston - Critical Mass Outreach
Friday, February 24, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM 
Market Square Park, 301 Milam St, Houston, TX 77002 

To view more events, visit our Calendar of Events webpage