11th Annual Texas Obesity Awareness Week

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About Texas Obesity Awareness Week:

Texas Obesity Awareness Week was established in the 80th Legislative Session (2007) by House Bill 2313 and is designed to occur in the second full week of September each year.  The purpose of the week is to raise awareness of the health risks associated with obesity and to encourage Texans to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

About the award:

Sponsored by a coalition of professional health organizations as a part of the annual Texas Obesity Awareness Week and the Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony, the Rising Star Award is presented to young Texans (9-12, 13-15 and 16-18 years of age) who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in his or her community in an effort to raise awareness and reduce the burden of obesity. Past youth recipients have initiated their own community service groups, partnered with various non-profit, educational, and governmental agencies to address local health disparities, coached and mentored, authored children’s books, and have been ambassadors for health policies, all while furthering their education and other extracurricular activities. Read about the past Rising Star Awardee and finalists on the Texas Obesity Awareness Week website: texasobesityweek.org.  

This year’s Rising Star Awardee(s) will be:

- Honored at the Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony in Austin, TX on September 13, 2018.

- Featured on web and media resources related to the 11th Annual Texas Obesity Awareness Week, including the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, The University of Texas School of Public Health, and Live Smart Texas’ webpages.

- Potential opportunity to attend the Southern Obesity Summit in Charleston, West Virginia. 

Award selection criteria include:

- Initiative: Applicant creates or fosters an obesity prevention initiative in his/her community.

- Leadership: Applicant serves as a leader or mentor to peers within his/her school, community organization or neighborhood.

- Education: Applicant seeks to learn more about obesity prevention and public health, and understands the value of the learning process in program and community development.

- Future Plans: Applicant plans to continue his/her involvement and education in the field of obesity prevention.


The  extended deadline for applications is close of business on June 1, 2018.

Rising Star Award Application Instruction:

The following application should be completed online by the youth. A letter of support from an adult mentor or supervisor should be sent to Ms. Julie Latcham either via email (Julia.Latcham@uth.tmc.edu) or by mail to:

Julie Latcham
Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living
The University of Texas School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus
1705 Guadalupe, Suite 200
Austin, Texas 78701

All completed applications will be reviewed and scored. The winner in each age group will be selected based upon the recommendations of a committee composed of academic and professional leaders who work in the field of public and community health.

The Rising Star application is comprised of five basic information sections including, four short essay questions, and one letter of support from an adult mentor or supervisor. An answer to each question and the letter of support is required in order for the application to be considered. Answers to each of the four questions should be between 100-300 words.

Applications and letters of support for the Rising Star Award are due on June 1, 2018.