About the Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony

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 2017 award ceremony took place during the 10th Annual Texas Obesity Awareness Week, September 11-15, 2017.

Legislative reference can be found here.


2017 Keynote Speaker

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Jay Maddock, PhD, FAAHB

Dean & Professor
School of Public Health
Texas A&M University

Dr. Jay Maddock assumed the leadership of the School of Public Health in February 2015. Dean Maddock previously served as the director of the University of Hawaii Public Health Program for 8 years. He is internationally recognized for his research in social ecological approaches to increasing physical activity.

Dean Maddock received his undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University and his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in experimental psychology from the University of Rhode Island.

Dr. Maddock has been named the Bank of Hawai‘i Community Leader of the Year and received the Award of Excellence from the American Public Health Association, Council on Affiliates. He has chaired the Hawaii state board of health, co-authored the Hawaii physical activity and nutrition plan and was a charter member of the NIH study section on Community-Level Health Promotion. He has served as principal investigator on over $18 million in extramural funding. He is an author of over 100 scientific articles, and 150 chapters and abstracts. He is the Immediate Past President of the American Academy of Health Behavior. His research has been featured in several national media outlets including The Today Show, Eating Well, Prevention and Good Housekeeping. Dr. Maddock has given invited lectures in numerous countries including Australia, Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, El Salvador, Austria and Brazil and he holds honorary Professorships at two universities in China.


Congrats to our 2017 Texas Health Champion Awardees

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Stephen J. Pont, MD, MPH FAAP

Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity
Dell Children's Medical Center

Read more about Dr. Pont's work on the About the Texas Health Champion Award page!


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Harris County Public Health

Read more about Harris County's work on the About the Texas Health Champion Award page!  




Congrats to our 2017 Rising Star Awardees

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Hannah Diaz, 17
Weslaco, TX 

Read about all of Hannah's work on the About the Rising Star Award page!






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Ian McKenna, 12
Austin, TX 

Read about all of Ian's work on the About the Rising Star Award page!






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 Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health, and the Live Smart Texas Coalition.

Legislative reference can be found here.

The Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony is administered through funding from the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, part of The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in Austin. 

Texas Obesity Awareness Week Partners

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