A Houston/Harris County Childhood Obesity Prevention Collaborative 
November 2016  /  Issue No. 48     
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HLM Fall Collaborative Meeting

Southern Obesity Summit 2016

CLARA Farm Sustainability Plan for Social Impact - Pasadena

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In late October, HLM hosted our Fall 2016 Collaborative Meeting. The meeting's theme was "Advocacy and the 2017 Legislative Session" with the primary focus being the importance of effective advocacy and communication to legislators. 
HLM was happy to accept Senator Rodney Ellis as our keynote speaker for the event. Senator Ellis  challenged HLM members to create an impact in the community by designing and communicating their advocacy message using new approaches. 
Senator Ellis stressed the importance of timing during advocacy campaigns and devising strategies to propel impact and how social media is an effective tool used to amplify advocacy efforts and spur dialogue about social issues. 
  Senator Rodney Ellis speaking on the importance of advocacy. 

We would also like to thank our amazing guest speakers Shelby Massey (Texas Government Relations Director, American Heart Association), Joel Romo (Texas Public Affairs) and Tim Schauer (Cornerstone Government Affairs). These speakers covered the importance of contacting your locally elected official and how to best engage in order to create influential change. 

Click here for a copy of the highlights of our meeting.
Southern Obesity Summit   StreetOlympics

This year's summit was held in Houston, Texas from November 13 - 15; the summit's planning committee featured key partners in HLM. The Southern Obesity Summit is the largest regional obesity prevention event in the United States, drawing hundreds of participants from the 16 Southern States consisting of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.  
HLM would like to thank Dr. Umair Shah, Executive Director of Harris County Public Health (HCPH) for featuring HLM as a prominent obesity reduction and prevention initiative in Harris County in the summit's opening session; Katie Chennisi, Public Health Analyst at HCPH, for speaking at a breakout session about HLM's efforts in Pasadena around food access; and Elizabeth Love, Senior Program Officer of Houston Endowment for mentioning HLM's positive impact in the Great Houston Area during a funder panel.
CLARA Farm Sustainability Plan for Social Impact - Pasadena  RaisingofAmerica

Healthy Living Matters is proud to announce the CLARA Farm Sustainability Plan for Social Impact. This plan was created to guide the development of the CLARA Farm to ensure it has a long-term positive social impact in north Pasadena,  Texas, as part of the Harris County BUILD  Health Partnership (BUILD Health).

CLARA  will include two production sites - an indoor  farm and research facility and a school-based  greenhouse. The multiple sites and multiple  growing methods ensure a higher volume and  wider variety of produce to better meet the needs  of the north Pasadena community. Current BUILD  Health programs distribute 670,000 pounds of  produce to, at minimum, 2,000 food-insecure  people and families living in north Pasadena.  Production facilities are being designed to  provide a sustainable source of produce for those  distribution programs.

The CLARA Farm and the local food system  is developing and testing a community,  non-profit, public, and private partnership model  that has leveraged resources from multiple  sectors to create a self-sustaining system that will  have a positive social impact in north Pasadena  for years to come.

Harris County Public Health and all the BUILD Health partners thank the Build Healthy Places Network for the Joining Forces Planning Grant which funded this plan.
New Healthy Retail Resource   FeaturedResource 

Health advocates around the nation are seeing the importance of partnering with food retailers to improve the health of individuals and communities. 

The Public Health Institutes Center for Wellness and Nutrition is a national leader in developing campaigns, programs and partnerships to reduce obesity and promote equity in the most vulnerable communities across the country. Through education, engagement, environmental changes and policies, we work to make health accessible for all.
The Center for Wellness and Nutrition has extensive experience promoting health through retailers. Our team developed the country's largest healthy retail program with the California Department of Public Health and partnered with more than 800 stores to help influence shoppers' purchases of healthy foods and beverages.

To learn more about the Center for Wellness and Nutrition follow this link or contact info@wellness.phi.org | (916) 265-4042

HLM ECOS Action Team
Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 9:00AM-10:00AM
2223 West Loop S, Houston, TX 77027 (Room 532)

Sunday, December 1, 2016 from 12:00PM-4:00PM 
Oak Forest/Garden Oaks on 43rd St from Ella Blvd to Rosslyn Road

The Bayou Ride
Sunday, December 4, 2016 from 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
NikoNiko's at Market Square Park 301 Milam Street Houston, TX 77002 

The Health Educators Network Meeting
Wednesday,  December 7th, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM 
The United Way on 50 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77007
The topic this month is the Kinesthetic Classroom Collaborative

HLM-Pasadena Community Task Force Meeting
Thursday, December 15, 2016 from 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Pasadena City Hall, 1211 Southmore Blvd, Pasadena, TX 77502
For more information contact Katie Chennisi @  cchennisi@hcphes.org

To view more events, visit our Calendar of Events webpage