Conquering Obesity

About the Partnership for a Healthy Texas

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Our History

The Partnership began in 2006 when key health-related organizations banned together to address the ever growing problem of obesity in Texas communities. The Partnership brought together research experts to develop a statewide policy document, the Texas Obesity Policy Portfolio, which identified evidence based policy initiatives that have proven to have a positive impact on fighting obesity. During the Partnership’s first session educating lawmakers, five of six legislative priorities were passed. The Partnership for a Healthy Texas is now the most recognized and valued advocacy voice in the fight to end obesity in Texas.
Our Approach

Guiding Principles

The rising expense of obesity in Texas is unsustainable — we cannot afford inaction. The Partnership for a Healthy Texas develops and promotes policies, and supports evidence-based programs, that prevent obesity and improve the health of Texas communities.

Obesity is associated with increased disability, disease, and death and has substantial health, economic, and social costs. Cost-effective solutions that address poor nutrition and fitness are needed now more than ever. To improve the health of our state, the Partnership for a Healthy Texas believes now is the time to connect Texans with policies that strengthen nutrition and physical activity in their schools and communities.

Texas legislators can lead the nation in passing policies aimed at improving the health and fitness of Texans. The Partnership believes the Texas legislature should continue to strive to ensure the viability of Texas’ future workforce and create a healthy environment for Texans.

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The Partnership for a Healthy Texas gratefully acknowledges Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. for their financial support. 

Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. is a private, faith-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating access to health care for the uninsured through direct services, community partnerships and strategic grant-making in 74 counties across South Texas. Guided by its mission of "Serving Humanity to Honor God," Methodist Healthcare Ministries' vision is to be the leader for improving wellness of the least served. The mission also includes Methodist Healthcare Ministries' one-half ownership of the Methodist Healthcare System, the largest healthcare system in South Texas, which creates a unique avenue to ensure that it continues to be a benefit to the community by providing quality care to all and charitable care when needed. For more information, visit


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