The City of Austin Health and Human Services Department is seekingfeedback from Austin/Travis County residents on the development of a newObesity Prevention Strategic Plan. The Plan will address policy andenvironmental changes that would make it easier for residents to eathealthy and be physically active. To learn more and provide yourfeedback, go to: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ATCobesity  through October 31st(Sunday). Please share the survey link with friends, neighbors, colleagues, and clients. Post it on your Facebook page, website, neighborhood associationlistserv, etc. 

Seven Strategies identified thus far in Stakeholder meetings:

  1. Create policies that increase healthy food and drink choices in Citybuildings and parks, as well as at City events.
  2. Promote policies requiring school cafeterias to clearly label healthyfood choices and to market the healthy choices to children.
  3. Make healthy food more available in neighborhoods that have limitedaccess to it.
  4. Make the number of obese and overweight people living in a neighborhoodan important factor when deciding which parks, trails, and recreationcenters to improve.
  5. Make sure there is enough secure bike parking at schools so morechildren can ride their bikes.
  6. Make sure any plan to improve a neighborhood includes sidewalks, trails,parks, and playgrounds.
  7. Keep outdoor areas at public schools open after hours so people can usethose areas for fitness and recreation.

If you need any additional information regarding this program, pleasecontact:

Kristy Hansen, M.Ed., CHES
Obesity Prevention Program Coordinator
Austin/Travis County HHSD 
Kristy.Hansen [Email address: Kristy.Hansen #AT# ci.austin.tx.us - replace #AT# with @ ]