The Live Smart Texas coalition believes that collaborations can achieve better outcomes than individual entities working on their own. Members of the LST collaborative agree to work toward the:
Development of resources to build community infrastructure and capacity to implement culturally-competent, evidence-based practices, particularly in communities at high risk for obesity;
Development of funding of an obesity prevention research agenda; and,
Creation and dissemination of a shared obesity prevention policy agenda to address the needs of all Texans through the Partnership for a Healthy Texas and SOS Texas Team.
A convergence of social, political, economic, and programmatic interests led to the formation of the coalition in 2007. Our members represent all key sectors including policy, educational institutions, state organizations, research centers, professional associations, and local community groups. Some achievements from the past eight years include highlighting Texas activities at national and state conferences, receiving national funds for research partnerships, building community capacity through policy and leadership trainings, supporting the Partnership for a Healthy Texas policy agenda resulting in multiple obesity-related bills being passed, and serving as the Texas Team for the last nine Southern Obesity Summits (SOS). Many of our efforts were highlighted in a recent publication (Ory et al., 2013). Click hereto read more about LST’s history and accomplishments.
Creating Healthier, More Resilient Kids Through Recess (Outdoor Play)
Sedentary lifestyle choices and inactivity are very common among this generation of elementary aged children, which increases their chances of developing chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease, asthma. The school environment may contribute to this problem by offering no more than 20 minutes of recess daily in many elementary schools, while spending the majority of the day focused on classroom content. The LiiNK Project, a whole child intervention, is focused on schools offering four 15-minute recesses, defined as outdoor, unstructured play, during each school day. This webinar will focus on how recess can be highly beneficial to the whole child when offered throughout the day every day.
Speaker: Debbie Rhea, Professor of Kinesiology and Director, LiiNK Center for Healthy Play, Texas Christian University