Committee on Nutrition and Health

VISION:

Texas children and their families will have optimal nutrition and health.

MISSION:
To empower members of the Texas Pediatric Society and others to advocate for the development of initiatives and coalitions that promote access to optimal nutrition and physical activity to ensure lifelong healthy weight.

Active Projects:

  • TPS Obesity ToolkitThis toolkit has been an active project of the committee for several years.  It provides helpful information for practitioners on diagnosis and treatment of obesity as well as tools to assist in incorporating best practices into clinical care.  In addition there are patient handouts available in English and Spanish as well as a resource list on the topic.  Originally in notebook format, the toolkit is now available exclusively online.
     
  • Food Insecurity:  Our committee is working  to reduce food insecurity among Texas children by training pediatric providers to implement food insecurity screening and referrals in their practices.

Previous Projects:

  • Be Our VoiceThis project is jointly sponsored by NICHQ and the AAP and is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  The project seeks to reverse the childhood obesity trend across the nation by training and supporting healthcare professionals and other community leaders in becoming advocates for better policies and changes within their own communities.  The TPS obesity committee has been engaged in training individuals around Texas to be advocates in preventing childhood obesity since becoming one of 8 original project grantees in 2010.  To date, the Be Our Voice team has conducted 3 regional trainings, two state-wide trainings, and one local training sponsored by the city of Tyler.  We anticipate conducting a state-wide training session in Austin for teams of individuals from communities around Texas in 2014.  For more information on Be Our Voice go to http://www.nichq.org/advocacy/about/index.html

How to Get Involved: