About the Rising Star Award


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 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 2018 Rising Star Award was presented at the 11th Annual Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony held during Texas Obesity Awareness Week (September 9-15, 2018) in Austin

This year's Rising Star Awardee:


Sruthi Ilangovan, 16

Liberal Arts and Science Academy
Austin, Texas

Sruthi is the president of the Health Through Science Initiative (HTS) at LASA High School. The mission of HTS is to reduce obesity rates and eradicate all preventable illnesses.
As president, Sruthi presents at community health fairs, creates health science awards for the Austin Energy Regional Science Fair (AERSF) to incentivize health science research, and hosts citywide medical lectures to educate the population about preventable diseases, such as obesity.

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.