In September of 2012, Former 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 has created the Go Healthy Houston Task Force. They will work to recommend and implement specific actions to reduce the incidence of obesity and its health and economic impacts in the City of Houston.
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 Urban Gardens provide hands-on experience in vegetable gardening and urban agriculture to community members and encourage the consumption of local fruits and vegetables.