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The Center for Children's Health

Healthy Lifestyles

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Healthy habits. Healthy living.

Healthy food choices and staying active is the key to overall mental and physical wellbeing.


The stigma of a child's weight can pose many consequences impacting their psychological and physical health, including an increase in being bullied, a vulnerability to depression, anxiety and substance abuse, as well as social isolation and adverse academic outcomes.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that 18% of Texas high school students (Grades 9th-12th) in 2017 had obesity with a BMI greater than or equal to the 95th percentile. Additionally, 36% of high school students (Grades 9th-12th) in Texas described themselves as slightly or very overweight and 57% were not meeting daily physical activity guidelines of 60 minutes or more.

According to CCHAPS 2018 data in the six-county primary service area, 10% of parents are concerned their child (aged 5-14 years) is overweight. Additionally, parents of children 5-14 years of age reported that 75% received at least 30 minutes of physical activity four or more days of the week, and 65% ate two or more servings of vegetables daily; however, 36% had one or more servings of soda a day.


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Healthy Children Coalition for Parker County

Healthy Children Coalition for Parker County

Healthy Children Coalition for Parker County (HCCPC) members are working on identifying positive nutrition and fitness solutions to address the local concern for children's physical health.

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Johnson County Alliance for Healthy Kids

Johnson County Alliance for Healthy Kids

Johnson County Alliance for Healthy Kids (JCAHK) members are working on identifying positive nutrition and fitness solutions to address the local concern for children's physical health.

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