UTHealth receives $3.7 million to evaluate City of Austin’s childhood obesity prevention efforts

Published: January 28, 2019

The UT Health Science Center at Houston received two grants this month totaling $3.7 million to aid the City of Austin’s efforts to combat childhood obesity.

The larger of the grants, with a price tag of $2.5 million, will go toward an evaluation of the City’s Safe Routes to School program, which encourages students to walk or bike ride to school rather than using a car or bus. The smaller grant of $1.2 million, awarded by the Texas Department of State Health Services, will go toward the School Physical Activity and Nutrition survey, an effort by the state through UTHealth to monitor obesity in school-age children across Texas.