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UTHealth hosts Texas Obesity Awareness Week

Awards ceremony will honor organizations fighting obesity in the state

Efforts being made throughout Texas to combat obesity will be highlighted during the 4th Annual Texas Obesity Awareness Week, which kicks off Sept. 12. The week is hosted by the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, part of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).


Invitation to the 2011 Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony, to learn more about what Texas communities and organizations are doing to fight childhood obesity at the.  Nominations for the Award were open to the public, and the awardees were determined by representatives from TOAW’s planning partners.


1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Tuesday, Sept. 13


Deanna Hoelscher, Ph.D., R.D., director of the Center, at UTHealth’s The University of Texas School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus, will lead the presentation honoring champions in the fight against obesity in Texas. Award recipients include:

Sustainable Food Center (SFC), which creates opportunities for individuals to make healthy food choices and to participate in a vibrant local food system. The Michael & Susan Dell Center has worked with Austin-based SFC on the Sprouting Healthy Kids program targeting low-income communities at risk for hunger, obesity and diet-related diseases. UTHealth research found the program significantly increased consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Barbara Storz, an Edinburg resident, who has helped more than 11,000 children in the Rio Grande Valley learn about vegetable gardening, health and nutrition. In 2007, she initiated the Grow’n Growers program in Hidalgo County, which targets low-income Hispanic families. This program provides class and lab instruction in important areas related to food and nutrition.


Texas Medical Association
Thompson Auditorium
401 West 15th Street
Austin, TX 78701


Established in 2007 by House Bill 2313, the week brings awareness of the health risks associated with obesity and aims to encourage Texans to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. For information visit:


Jade Waddy, UTHealth, 713-500-3307,
On-Site Contact: Brooks Ballard, (512) 294-8666

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Media Contact: 713-500-3030