A Houston/Harris County Childhood Obesity Prevention Collaborative 
March  2017  /  Issue No. 52     
 Healthy Living Matters Advocacy Day April 3rd!


It's not too late to register for the Healthy Living Matters Advocacy Day at the Capitol on Monday, April 3rd.  This trip to our state's capitol will include meetings with Texas legislators and their staff.  We will be educating lawmakers about our  policy priorities  and discussing how our collaborative's great work benefits Harris County and the great State of Texas.  We hope you're able to join us as we showcase why our ongoing work is so important to Harris County residents. 

We would love to have all interested members of our collaborative join us. Please register at the link below if you would like to participate. 

For a schedule of the day's event or for questions contact Mark Solano at msolano@hcphes.org

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Healthy Living Matters Celebrates National Nutritional Month! Article1 
Thank you to everyone who participated and made National Nutrition Month a month to remember! 

Over the course of National Nutrition Month 2017, Healthy Living Matters and partner organizations worked together to highlight the importance of healthy eating and proper nutrition. A special thank you goes out to our friends at CAN DO Houston who in partnership provide nutritious snacks through the Healthy Corner Store Initiative. 

CAN Do Houston and HLM staffers supporting the Healthy Corner Store Initiative. From left to right: Lisa Reisner, Suelynn Huynh, Mark Solano and Jalissa Wilson

HLM was also super excited to host the first of many "Bring your Favorite Salad to Work Day". HLM staff had a fantastic time exploring and learning how many healthy options can be infused into a salad. We would like to give a special shout out to Nathaniel Holloway, a CDC Public Health Associate who brought in the most amazing salad for all of us to enjoy. 

Our great staff enjoying "Bring your Favorite Salad to Work Day". 

HLM also enjoyed the opportunity to join the Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) in a Twitter chat to discussion healthy eating strategies and the best ways to stay focused on personal nutrition standards. To view the chat check out our HLM Twitter page here.

National Nutrition Month is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that focuses on the importance of making informed food choices. If you would like to partner with HLM in the future with similar events then please contact Mark Solano at msolano@hcphes.org 

Highlighting the Great Work of Brighter Bites  Article2

Recently, HLM had the opportunity to participate with Brighter Bites, an organization engaging schools and communities to provide students and their families with fresh foods and nutritional education.  

HLM staffers joined Brighter Bites and participating families at Morales Elementary in Pasadena, Texas to bag fresh fruits and vegetables for families of students. This partnership event was made special by assisting residents in the City of Pasadena, a designated HLM priority community.

Healthy Living Matters Project Coordinator, Frances Nguyen enjoying bagging nutritional foods for students at Morales Elementary in Pasadena, Texas. 

Volunteers packed greater than 170 bags of nutritional fruits and vegetables. Watermelons, potatoes, onions, oranges and many other healthy options went on to be distributed to students and families of the schools. 

If you or your organization would like more details on how to participate with Brighter Bites, visit their website or contact Mark Solano at msolano@hcphes.org

Celebrating our Community Gardens  Article3
In honor of National Nutrition Month (NNM), HLM is celebrating the many community gardens that provide fresh produce to Harris County residents. Gardens are amazing tools that provide communities with a sense of ownership while developing community identity and spirit. 

HLM would like to recognize The Recipe for Success FoundationCAN DO Houston and many others  who work incredibly hard to create and maintain various community gardens in our area. Below are some great photos of residents who participate and benefit from their work. 

Students at MacGregor celebrating the VegOut 2nd Annual Pulling of the Carrots (The Recipe For S uccess Foundation

MLK volunteer day with  Mission Continues. All 5 platoons and their families joined to raise beds, raise a garden house frame and plant fruit trees (The Recipe For Success Foundation). 

Community gardens continue to prove beneficial for residents and give our youth lessons on the importance of environmental sustainability while providing a sense of ownership. We are thankful for all the parents and volunteers who take part in educating our future generations on the benefits of healthy eating. 

If you would like more information on community garden activity near you visit The Recipe for Success Foundation or CAN Do Houston. You can also contact Mark Solano at msolano@hcphes.org  

Obesity Action Coalition, Kid's Corner ResourcesArticle4

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) has specific initiatives geared towards child obesity. In their "Your Weight Matters Magazine" publication you can find a specific section for children and their parents titled "Kid's Corner" 
The goal of the Kid's corner is to promote health conversations between parent and child. 
Various articles included discuss tips for healthy eating, physical activity, and social issues associated with child obesity. Access to the "Kid's corner is a benefit provided to OAC members. To learn more about membership, click here

Houston Health Day 2017
Sunday, April 1, 2017 from 10:00 AM - 2:00PM 
Judson Robinson, Jr. Community Center  2020 Hermann Drive  Houston, TX 77004

Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve Grand Opening Ceremony
Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 
Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve, 20215 Chasewood Park Drive Houston, TX 77070

HLM Advocacy Day at the Capitol
Monday April  3, 2017, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM  
Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Avenue Austin TX 78701

Keep Houston Beautifu
Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
5440 I10 East Fwy Houston, TX 77020

Cigna Sunday Streets - Garden Oaks/Oak Forest 
Sunday, April 23, 2017 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
Location: Gessner Rd. between Kempwood Dr. and Tiger Trail


To view more events, visit our Calendar of Events webpage