In September of 2012, former City of Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced the launch of Go Healthy Houston, an initiative designed to reduce obesity and increase healthy eating and exercise. The Go Healthy Houston initiative promotes programs, policies and projects designed to reduce food deserts, promote the availability of locally-grown foods, encourage the development of sustainable food systems and promote physical activity opportunities.
“We know obesity is a significant health threat in our city,” said Mayor Parker. “We want to tackle this issue with innovative ideas and thinking to help Houstonians make smart decisions to lead healthy lifestyles, prevent problems before they occur, lower health care costs and increase productivity and quality of life.”
To lead the initiative, the Mayor created the Go Healthy Houston Task Force. They work to recommend and implement specific actions to reduce the incidence of obesity and its health and economic impacts in the City of Houston.