TOAW Toolkit

*The following links are presented only as sources of information. The organizations that created this toolkit in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living in no way endorse any persons or organization on this list.

Learn more about the obesity epidemic before Texas Obesity Awareness Week with these resources from our partner organizations and trusted sources.

  1. Start out by reading the State of Obesity Report (2018).
  2. Learn more about the fight against obesity specifically in Texas. Click to read about Texas' Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Profile, published by the National Center for Chronic Disease prevention and Health Promotion.
  3. Take a short nutrition lesson. Use MyPlate to learn about recommended nutrition guidelines and to get new healthy recipes. Check out the CATCH – GO, SLOW, WHOA Foods List, a nutrition guide that is especially great for kids (but us adults love it too!).
  4. Obesity prevention is more than good nutrition; it also involves physical activity.Here’s a tip sheet on how to get 60 minutes of exercise each day.
  5. Sign up for Walk Across Texas. It’s a free 8-week program to help increase your regular physical activity, initiated by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Program. Make it a challenge and get some friends to join!
  6. Attend the next Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony  to be inspired by those who have made important strides in Texas’s fight against obesity.
  7. Like the Center for Healthy Living on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more great resources on obesity prevention

Learn more about physical activity with these resources from our partner organizations and trusted sources.


Learn more about nutrition with these resources from our partner organizations and trusted sources.


Learn more about the built environment with these resources from our partner organizations and trusted sources.

  • Healthy Living by Design
    • Grant program that creates community-led change by working with local and national partners to build a culture of active living and healthy eating based on the built environment.
  • Safe Routes to School Improves the Built Environment (PDF file)
    • CDC report on encouraging biking and walking to school and improving the built environment to foster safe routes.
  • Prevention Institute – The Built Environment and Health
    • Highlights neighborhood-level changes to the built environment that can have a positive influence on the health of community residents, especially in low-income communities.  Eleven profiles of neighborhood transformation.
  • Center for the Built Environment
    • Seek to improve the environmental quality and energy efficiency of buildings by providing timely, unbiased information on building technologies and design and operation techniques.  Resources on green buildings and construction.
  • Solar Decathlon
    • Yearly competition of college students around the country to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. Sponsored by the Department of Energy
  • The Built Environment and Health
    • BEH uses spatial data to examine the impact of the built environment, including land use, public transit, and housing on physical activity, diet, obesity, and other aspects of health. The group has investigators from public health, social science, and urban planning.
  • CDC Designing and Building Healthy Places
    • CDC initiative that links public health with public spaces.
  • Healthy Food Access Portal
    • Healthy Food Access supports bringing healthy foods to corner stores where fresh produce is uncommon and options are limited.


Learn more about walking and biking with these resources from our partner organizations and trusted sources.

  • Accommodating Bicycle and Pedestrian Travel: A Recommended Approach
    • Policy statement adopted by the United States Department of Transportation for integrating bicycling and walking into the transportation mainstream.
  • CDC Kids Walk-to-School
    • CDC resources for fostering walking to school.
  • National Center for Safe Routes to School
    • Programs are sustained efforts by parents, schools, community leaders and local, state, and federal governments to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school.
  • National Complete Streets Coalition
    • Seeks to fundamentally transform the look, feel, and function of the roads and streets in our community, by changing the way most roads are planned, designed, and constructed.
  • Safe Route to School
    • Program creates practical projects to make school routes safer for children to walk and bicycle, such as sidewalks, crosswalks and bicycle facilities. Community leaders, parents and schools also use education programs to help children travel.  Information on the program and how to apply.
  • Texas Bicycle Coalition – Bike Texas
    • Bike maps and other resources for many Texas areas


Make some healthy life changes with these resources from our partner organizations and trusted sources.