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).
To be a member of Live Smart Texas, please contact us at LiveSmartTexas@uth.tmc.edu or contact your Regional Representative.