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.
Texas kids should be able to graduate high school and focus on moving Texas forward; not worrying about health problems they developed along the way. Texas school children need the tools and education necessary to be responsible for their future health and wellbeing. Teachers, administrators, and legislators all know that a healthy child is a better learner. Research shows that physically fit children become fit adults and are more likely to be better parents, citizens, employees, and entrepreneurs.
The Partnership supports:
Improvements to school nutrition and the overall food environment in schools.
Evidence-based efforts that seek to increase the fitness of Texas school children.
Statewide monitoring of student fitness and obesity.
Implementation and support of evidence-based coordinated school health programs in all Texas public schools.
Standards and policies that increase nutrition and physical activity in the early childcare environment
Many Texans are living in environments that heighten their risk of obesity. Doctors and researchers say every community has features that either support physical fitness and healthy eating or undermine those goals. The benefits of these healthy environments extend to everyone in a community. Yet in the places with persistent barriers to good health—where access to nutritious food is limited, and where options for exercise remain inconvenient or unsafe—obesity has become a serious problem.
The Partnership supports:
Increased physical activity opportunities and accessibility in every community.
Design streets, schools and communities to encourage physical activity
Promote the adoption of food service guidelines and nutrition standards in priority settings (early care, education, workplaces, communities)
Increased access to affordable healthy food and beverages in every community.
Standards and policies that increase nutrition and physical activity in the community and worksites.
Policies and programs from the Department of State Health
Services to prevent and treat chronic disease.
Increase access to breastfeeding friendly environments