Youth & Families

Imagine Houston/Harris County as it could be. As it should be. Imagine easier access to healthy food, walkable neighborhoods, and safe play areas. With innovative policy change, we can improve Houston/Harris County for our families. We can make the healthy choice the easy choice.

With the issues and statistics below, the need for change is apparent. We invite you to join us as we work to make healthy living an easier choice for the children and families of Houston and Harris County.

The Facts:

  • 20.4%: Texas’ childhood obesity rate
  • 7th: Texas’ rank among the most obese states
  • 1st: Texas’ rank among states with the most “grocery gaps”
  • 11%: The percentage of obese teens aged 14-17 in Harris County
  • 7%: The percentage of obese females aged 14-17 in Harris County
  • 16%: The percentage of obese males aged 14-17 in Harris County
  • Our children’s generation is the first to have a  shorter life expectancy than their parents
  • 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese
  • 1 in 3 children born in 2000 will develop diabetes
  • For many families of Harris County, making the healthy choice is not easy
  • Healthy foods are not available in many neighborhoods
  • For many, safe places to play can be hard to access