Past Events & Award Winners

10th Annual Award Ceremony

2017 Texas Health Champions:
Stephen J. Pont, MD, MPH FAAP
Department of State Health Services

Harris Country Public Health
Texas public health office

2017 Rising Star Award Winners:
Hannah Diaz (age 17)
Weslaco, TX

Ian McKenna (age 12) 
Austin, TX

Keynote Speaker:
Jay Maddock, PhD, FAAHB
Dean & Professor
School of Public Health, Texas A&M

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9th Annual Award Ceremony

2016 Texas Health Champions:
Michelle Smith
State Coordinator, Texas Action for Healthy Kids

Brighter Bites
Texas-Based Nonprofit

2016 Rising Star Award Winners:
Danee Rodriguez (age 16)
Weslaco High School,Weslaco, TX

Alexander Mancevski (age 15) 
Liberal Arts and Sciences Academy, Austin, TX

Alejandro Villarreal (age 11) 
Montclair/Wilson Elementary, Corpus Christi, TX

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8th Annual Award Ceremony

2015 Texas Health Champions:
Peter Cribb, M.Ed.
CATCH Program Director, CATCH Global Foundation

Tu Salud ¡Sí Cuenta!
Brownsville-based community collaborative

2015 Rising Star Award Winners:
Joyce Chen (age 17)
Elkins High School, Sugar Land, TX

Paul Eguia (age 11) -
Cambridge Elementary/Alamo Heights Junior High School, San Antonio, TX

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7th Annual Award Ceremony

2014 Texas Health Champions:
Alice Kirk, MPH
Child Health and Wellness Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Recipe for Success Foundation
Houston-based nonprofit

2014 Rising Star Award Winner:
Shayna Underwood
New Braunfels High School, New Braunfels, TX

2014 Rising Star Award Finalists:
Summer Brown
First Colony Middle School, Sugar Land, TX
Saherish Surani
Mary Carroll High School, Corpus Christi, TX
Sarita Damaraju
Ray High School, Corpus Christi, TX

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6th Annual Award Ceremony

2013 Texas Health Champions:
William G. (Bill) Squires, Jr. PhD, FACSM
Professor of Biology and Kinesiology, Texas Lutheran University

H-E-B
Texas-based grocery store

2013 Rising Star Award Winner:
Danielle Fournier
Kempner High School, Sugarland, Texas

2013 Rising Star Award Finalists:
Pallavi Dev
Glenda Dawson High School, Pearland, TX
Caitlyn Floyd
Quest Early College High School, Kingwood, TX

Keynote Speaker:
Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH
Deputy Chief Medical Officer, American Heart Association

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5th Annual Award Ceremony

2012 Texas Health Champion:
Kay Morris
Founder and Former Executive Director, Marathon Kids

Keynote Speaker:
Margo Wootan, D.Sc.
Director of Nutrition Policy, Center for Science in the Public Interest

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4th Annual Award Ceremony

2011 Texas Health Champions:
Barbara Storz, MS
Extension educator for horticulture with Texas AgriLife Extension Service, part of Texas A&M University system

Sustainable Food Center
With a broad vision of ensuring that all adults can grow, share, and prepare healthy, local food, Sustainable Food Center goes beyond the nutrition facts label to cultivate healthy community from farm to fork.


3rd Annual Award Ceremony

2010 Texas Health Champion:
Dr. Richard Middleton
Former Superintendent of Schools, North East Independent School District

T-COPPE Presentation: Dr. Marcia Ory and Dr. Deanna Hoelscher
Active Texas 2020 Presentation: Donna Nichols and Dr. Bill Kohl
Partnership for a Healthy Texas Legislative Priorities: Carrie Kroll


2nd Annual Award Ceremony

2009 Texas Health Champions:
Partnership for a Healthy Texas
The Partnership was formed in 2006 with the mission of promoting obesity prevention and reduction policies in Texas.

Texas Health Institute
Texas Health Institute provides leadership in development of health care solutions to shape the Texas health care landscape.

Keynote Speaker:
William “Bill” Klish, MD
Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX


1st Annual Texas Obesity Awareness Week Lecture Series

Keynote Speaker & Leadership Award in Obesity Prevention:
Susan Combs
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

2008 Texas Health Champions:
The Honorable Robert Nichols
Texas Senate

The Honorable Patrick Rose
Texas House of Representatives

The Honorable Susan King
Texas House of Representatives

Outstanding Leadership in Public Health Award:
The Honorable Jane Nelson
Texas Senate

Kenneth Shine, MD
Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, The University of Texas System