Important information about the Texas Health Champion Award

The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living and Live Smart Texas are pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2012 Texas Health Champion Award. As part of the 5th Annual Texas Obesity Awareness Week, the award will be presented to a group or an individual who has mobilized the community in efforts to prevent and reduce obesity through research, policies, marketing, interventions, or other venues.

Nominees may be individuals, organizations, or project teams from community organizations, educational agencies, non-profit organizations, or government offices. Self-nominations are welcome.

All nominees will be reviewed and scored, and a recipient will be selected based upon the recommendations of a committee composed of academic and professional peers.

Nominations should be completed prior to COB on July 2.

About the Texas Health Champion Award and Texas Obesity Awareness Week:

Texas Obesity Awareness Week was established in the 80th Legislative Session (2007) by House Bill 2313 and is designated 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. The week-long event is hosted by the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living and The University of Texas School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus. Past Texas Health Champion awardees include, Partnership for a Healthy Texas, Texas Health Institute, Rep. Patrick Rose (D-Dripping Springs, TX), Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound, TX), Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville, TX), Dr. Kenneth Shine, MD, Dr. Richard Middleton, PhD, Sustainable Foods Center, and Barbara Storz, MS.