The (GO) Healthy Houston Task Force was formed by executive order No. 1-8 on September 17, 2012 to address concerns and increase community awareness related to obesity. The Executive Order acknowledged that obesity is a significant health threat for the City of Houston and is directly associated with increased costs and lower productivity for individuals and companies.
The objectives of the Task Force are to foster within local systems a culture that promotes laws, programs, policies and actions that increase healthier living through the promotion of:
“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.”
Offering free health education opportunities on the topics of hypertension, overweight and obesity, and tobacco use to community members across the lifespan.
Better. Together. - Todos Juntos. Mejor is a multi-lingual public health education campaign empowering Houstonians with the knowledge and skills to protect their families and communities from COVID-19.
The Get Moving Houston Farmers Market mission is to provide easier access to affordable and high quality fresh fruits and vegetables throughout Houston and especially in food deserts—areas under served by grocery stores and other fresh food outlets.
The Get Moving Houston Urban Gardens provide hands-on experience in vegetable gardening and urban agriculture to community members and encourage the consumption of local fruits and vegetables.
Strong evidence suggests increased physical activity may limit the negative health outcomes associated with inactivity including heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Through Bike to Work Day, Cigna Sunday in the Park, GO Walk Houston, and may more projects we work to encourage physical activity for all of Houston.
Go Healthy Houston works to advocate for various projects that make the healthy choice, the easy choice in our city such as: Healthy Vending, CHOICES, CHIP, and MD Anderson Tobacco 21.