This February, we’re focusing on food in our communities and in our schools. Over 19% of Texas children between the ages of 10 and 19 are obese, and 20% of Texans live in an area without access to healthy food retail options. Without ready access to supermarkets, residents of lower-income areas frequently turn to convenience stores or other small food retailers for their food. These stores often cannot source fresh vegetables and fruit, whole grain products, or healthy dairy, meats or fish. Nutritious, affordable food is simply out of reach for too many families. C@R is proud to partner with Voices for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association dedicated to helping all young people eat healthier foods and live more active lives. In collaboration with this initiative and local community partners, C@R will address the significant need for improving access to fresh food resources in many neighborhoods. As part of these efforts, C@R will convene a group of community leaders and local and national experts on February 19 to address the need for improved access to fresh, nutritious food in the greater Dallas area. This summit will support C@R’s statewide efforts to explore solutions and develop community recommendations for expanding access to healthy, affordable food to all our neighborhoods.
In addition to our work around healthy food access in local neighborhoods, we continue our effort to expand the reach of and the access to school meals across the state. WFAA recently reported that Dallas Independent School District (DISD) has grown its after-school meal program from 37 schools to 136 schools in two years, and officials said the healthy dinners have helped increase participation in after-school programs. Along with the Dallas Mavericks, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, and the Texas Hunger Initiative,CHILDREN AT RISK (C@R) recently sponsored an event full of food and fun for students at Arcadia Park Elementary to celebrate the success DISD’s After School Meals program.
Very truly yours,
Dr. Bob Sanborn
President & CEO
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GROWING UP IN HOUSTON
CHILDREN AT RISK continues to expand on our assessment of the quality of life for children in Houston and across Texas with our 13th edition of Growing Up in Houston, published in December 2014. This book provides a collection of graphic representations of more than 75 quality of life indicators. By focusing on the critical issues facing our children, we are able to provide a wealth of information concerning youth in our community. The data in this volume illustrates that, while some progress has been made toward the improvement of life for our children, there is still room for improvement and growth.
HOT OFF THE PRESS
The CHILDREN AT RISK Institute is excited to announce the publication of the latest issues of its research journals, Journal of Family Strengths (JFS), produced in partnership with University of Houston – Downtown and Texas Medical Center Library, and Journal of Applied Research (JARC). In this issue of JARC, called “Legal Safety Nets: Law as a Change Agent for Children,” we discuss research about how the legal system in America affects the lives of our children on a grassroots level. The latest issue of JFS outlines key points surrounding Family Engagement, Support, and Capacity Building for the 21st Century.
GREAT DISCUSSIONS AND MANY THANKS
Our 9th Annual Children's Summit on Jan. 21 and our two Legislative Briefings in Fort Worth and Dallas January 27 were an incredible success! We are grateful to all of our insightful speakers and those that were able to attend. You, too, can learn about our legislative priorities and get involved with the bills and issues that are important to make the 2015 Texas Legislative Session a time for children!
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WE ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE...
...a $96,000 grant from the American Heart Association for our work on the Healthy Corner Store Initiative! Thank you to the AHA for their leadership and support in making Texas a healthier place for children.
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