In 2013, the Texas Alliance of YMCAs was selected to participate in the Y’s Statewide Pioneering Healthier Communities (SPHC) – an initiative aimed at addressing the childhood obesity epidemic through policy, systems and environmental change. The Texas State Alliance of YMCAs received funds from the YMCA of the USA and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to convene state and community leaders who work together to implement strategies that support healthy living. In Texas, we are working to combat childhood obesity by improving physical activity standards in out-of-school time.
Our newest members of the SPHC Leadership Team include:
The Honorable Eddie Rodriguez, Texas State Representative for district 51.
Dr. Richard Kurz, Professor at the University of North Texas School of Public Health
Cari Browning, Physical Activity Coordinator at the Texas Department of State Health Services, Chronic Disease and Health Promotions Department
Keilah A. Jacques, MSW, Program Director, Childhood Obesity at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas
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Our inaugural members include:
Dr. Stephen Pont, Dell Children’s Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Director, Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity.
Dr. Leonard Merrell retired Superintendent for the Katy ISD.
Kate Henderson, President, Central Group and Health Equity Initiatives at the Seton Healthcare Family Central Group of Hospital.
YMCA staff from Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.
We appreciate all of our volunteers because they are very passionate about reversing the childhood obesity epidemic in Texas.