The HLM-Pasadena Community Task Force (CTF) is dedicated to increasing active living and healthy eating opportunities that aim to reduce childhood obesity in Pasadena, TX. The CTF meets every third Thursday from 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM, typically at Pasadena Public Library, located at 1201 Jeff Ginn Memorial Dr, Pasadena, TX 77506.

Through surveys and conversations with Pasadena families in the area surrounding Kruse and Gardens Elementary, we discovered that:  

·          75% would walk or bike to get  somewhere if they felt they could do it safely   

·          Only 15% feel comfortable letting a child walk/bike alone  

·          61% travel between 1 to 5 miles to get groceries  

·          Price is the #1 barrier to a family’s ability to purchase healthy foods

In 2018, the Pasadena Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Plan was developed to identify strategies to increase walking and biking to school and increase physical activity levels and health of students. The development of this plan was supported by Pasadena Vibrant Community, an initiative of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, made possible by an investment from and collaboration with Shell Oil. 


BUILD Health Challenge

Improving Health through a Sustainable Food System (the Harris County BUILD Health partnership) is an initiative of Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services, the Houston Food Bank, and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to launch a new healthy, accessible, and community-supported local food system in Pasadena, which emerged from the partners’ work on Healthy Living Matters (HLM).

The initiative is one of seven projects awarded $250,000 by the BUILD Health Challenge in recognition of its efforts to improve community health. The BUILD Health Challenge is a national awards program supporting “Bold, Upstream, Integrated, Local, and Data-driven” community health interventions in low-income, urban neighborhoods founded by The Advisory Board Company, de Beaumont Foundation, The Colorado Health Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Learn more about the BUILD Partnership here.

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