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Child Obesity Toolkit

The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living is developing a series of toolkits to accompany the reports, Healthy Children, Healthy State, to raise awareness of child health risk factors in order to develop new programs and actions, and to build on current initiatives in Texas.

The Child Obesity Toolkit below consists of resources, data, tools, and guides. Use this toolkit to learn about the current obesity crisis in Texas and how you can impact our state's health on an individual, school, or community level.


INDIVIDUAL: 

How can parents and families make a difference in childhood obesity?

Learn about the child obesity crisis in Texas:

The School Physical Activity & Nutrition (SPAN) Survey from the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living published their 2015-2016 Child Obesity in Texas results online in an interactive database. This interactive database shows results by state and regions of the state for grades 2, 4, 8, and 11.

See the results online.

Ask for change at schools:

The Center for Disease Control has a helpful promotion kit with ideas and resources to help with asking for a healthy school environment.

See the promotion kit here.

The Texas PTA has an advocacy resource guide with strategies and resources for effective advocating to make a difference in the lives of children within your PTA.

See the guide here.

The Society for Prevention Research has a policy brief detailing how "Schools Can Help Every Student Succeed by Using Evidence-based Programs and Practices."

See the brief here.

Make healthy choices at home:

Learn how you can fit health into every day with these one-pagers from the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living. They cover healthy snacking, breakfast, hydration, and physical activity and are available in English and Spanish.

See the one-pagers here.

Take a fun, healthy challenge as a family! This calendar from the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living features healthy ideas for every day over the course of 1-3 months. Tasks include eating at least one piece of fruit, playing outside for 30 minutes, spending less than 1 hour playing video games, and more.

See the calendars here.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has a great handbook for maintaining a healthy weight for families. They include nutrition, physical activity, and screen time reduction tips.

See the handbook here.


SCHOOLS

How can schools make a difference in childhood obesity?

Learn about the child obesity crisis in Texas:

The School Physical Activity & Nutrition (SPAN) Survey from the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living published their 2015-2016 Child Obesity in Texas results online in an interactive database. This interactive database shows results by state and regions of the state for grades 2, 4, 8, and 11.

See the results online.

This overview from CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) shows how the CATCH school-based health program is designed to not only promote physical activity and healthy food choices, but also ties in to the Healthy People 2020 goals.

See the overview here.

The Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation report identifies recommendations to meet obesity-related goals, including strengthening schools as the heart of health.

See the full report here.

See the CATCH brief here.

See the Schools brief here.

Ask for change at schools:

The Center for Disease Control compiled stories from school districts and schools for the Putting Local School Wellness Policies into Action brief. This document shares 11 stories including the steps and strategies used to implement wellness policies in schools.

See the brief here.

The American School Health Association (ASHA) supports school health issues that will help students learn and thrive. The ASHA's Core Beliefs in Action and Priority Areas cover five critical components of school health.

See the priorities and beliefs here.

Individual school wellness:

The Texas Department of State Health Services' overview on School Health Advisory Councils (SHACs) provides information about starting, assembling, and running a SHAC.

See the overview here.


COMMUNITY

How can communities make a difference in childhood obesity?

Learn about the child obesity crisis in Texas:

The Healthy Children, Healthy State status report project from the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living published the Child Obesity Crisis in Texas one-pager to highlight the current state of child obesity in Texas.

See the report here.

The School Physical Activity & Nutrition (SPAN) Survey from the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living published their 2015-2016 Child Obesity in Texas results online in an interactive database. This interactive database shows results by state and regions of the state for grades 2, 4, 8, and 11.

See the results online.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released their 2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book to explore how America's child population has changed since 1990. This report illustrates the Texas ranking in terms of child health and provides demographic comparisons of Texas children vs. US children.

See the report online.

Salud America! wrote a report covering the discrepancy between Latino and Black youth obesity rates in comparison to white obesity rates nationwide.

See the report here.

The State of Obesity is an annual report that includes a list of current state policies to prevent obesity and promote health. The interactive report showcases more than 20 state policies and can be viewed by state or used to compare states.

See the data here.

Promote healthy choices:

The Let's Move! initiative has 5 simple steps for community leaders and organizations to encourage healthy living. Leaders in the community can empower families and community members to make better choices to improve health.

See the 5 steps here.

The Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education compiled a writing and publishing toolkit. This resource contains advice on publishing, blogging, policy briefs, press releases and other dissemination practices. You can use this knowledge to craft your own health messaging in your community.

See the toolkit here.

Ask for change in your community:

Follow the 2019 Texas Legislative Session and learn about proposed bills related to healthy living. The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living Legislative Tracker is used to follow health related bills, including obesity, school health, and food policy among others.

See the tracker here.

The Partnership for a Healthy Texas hosted a webinar discussing how community members can support good legislative policy and be involved in local politics.

Watch the webinar here.