In Texas, 20.4% of children are obese (Health of Houston Survey 2010). Education and health overlap and as such must work together.  Over 1 million school-aged children attend one of Harris County’s 21 school districts. The Whole School, Whole Child, Whole Community (WSCC) model is used by school health leaders in Harris County as a way to address the health needs of a child.

 

 

Educators are important to the EAT, PLAY and LEARN plans which address childhood obesity. They promote and implement the Smart Snacks Guidelines, summer food programs, school gardens, non-food fundraising efforts, and healthy eating. Given rising obesity rates and the direct link between health and academic success, it is vital to have school recess policies and activities that increase physical activity, as well as support staff and engage the community in wellness activities.

Healthy Living Matters strives to build capacity, change norms and create conditions for schools to adopt policies and programs that support the Whole Child concept in ways that address childhood obesity.