About the Rising Star Award

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Sponsored by a coalition of professional health organizations as a part of the annual Texas Obesity Awareness Week and the Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony, the Rising Star Award will be presented to young Texans (9-12 and 13-18 years of age) who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in his or her community in an effort to raise awareness and reduce the burden of the obesity. Past youth recipients have initiated their own community service groups, partnered with various non-profit, educational, and governmental agencies to address local health disparities, coached and mentored, authored children’s books, and have been ambassadors for health policies, all while furthering their education and other extracurricular activities.

The 2019 Rising Star Award will be presented at the 12th Annual Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony held during Texas Obesity Awareness Week (September 8-14, 2019) in Austin

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More about the Texas Rising Star Award:

Award selection criteria:

  • Initiative: Applicant sees an opportunity to create or foster an obesity prevention initiative in his/her community.
  • Leadership: Applicant serves as a leader or mentor to peers within his/her school, community organization or neighborhood.
  • Education: Applicant seeks to learn more about obesity prevention and public health, and understands the value of the learning process in program/community development.
  • Future Plans: Applicant has a plan to continue his/her involvement and education in the field of obesity prevention.

About the Application:

The Rising Star application is comprised of four short essay questions and one letter of support from an adult mentor or supervisor. An answer to each question and the letter of support is required in order for the application to be considered. Answers to each of the four questions should be between 100-300 words.

Applications and letters of support for the Rising Star Award are due on May 10, 2019.