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About Texas Obesity Awareness Week

Texas Obesity Awareness Week (TOAW) was established in the 80th Legislative Session (2007) by House Bill 2313 and is designated to occur in the second full week of September each year.  The purpose of the week is to raise awareness of the health risks associated with obesity and to encourage Texans to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  TOAW consists of several events statewide and is highlighted by the Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony hosted by the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, The University of Texas School of Public Health, and the Live Smart Texas Coalition.

2015 Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony

UPDATE: There has been a change in the keynote speaker for the Award Ceremony. The keynote address will now be given by Major General Tony Cucolo.

The Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony is held annually to recognize leaders who have demonstrated exemplary achievement in reducing the burden and raising awareness of the obesity epidemic in Texas.  The 2015 Texas Health Champions and youth Rising Star Awardees will be announced in August.  The award ceremony will take place during the 8th Annual Texas Obesity Awareness Week (TOAW), September 13-19, 2015.  

September 15th from 5:00-7:30 PM
The University of Texas at Austin's Blanton Museum of Art

Academic Poster Session and Networking Reception: 5:00-6:00 PM
Award ceremony: 6:00-7:30 PM

Click here to register to attend

Keynote Speaker:

Major General Tony Cucolo
Associate Vice Chancellor for
Leadership Development & Veterans' Affairs
The University of Texas System

Major General Tony Cucolo will discuss the obesity crisis facing the military and the need for bold strategies to get Texas’ youth fit for service.  Major General Cucolo is a member of Mission: Readiness, which focuses on expanding high-quality early childhood education programs, increasing access to healthier food at school, and improving the quality and quantity of Physical Education.

The poster session will feature articles from “The Science of Childhood Obesity” a newly released special issue published by the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity that features research by Texas-based scientists.  The event is hosted by the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, The University of Texas School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus, and Live Smart Texas.

2015 Texas Obesity Awareness Week Partners