Goal 2: Increase physical activity and proportion of population with a healthy body weight and improve the quality of diet in the Houston MSA


  • Policy Objectives:
    • Expand initiatives for employees across the Houston MSA to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles
    • Collaborate with community agencies, health departments and other organizations on community-wide efforts

  • Education Objectives:
    • Public: Increase committee member awareness of each other’s and other community organizations’ programming to support energy balance building in the Houston MSA
    • Professional: Increase health care professionals’ knowledge and awareness of resources that support energy balance and promote the role of nutrition and physical activity in cancer prevention

  • Service Objective:
    • Increase access to nutrition and physical activity counseling and weight management programs



Energy Balance Resource List for Houston MSA

  • @TheTable - an online cookbook with nutritious, family-friendly recipes for a healthy lifestyle

    @TheTable is a free, online, mobile-enhanced cookbook provided by The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital (CCH). Compiled with the input of patient families juggling appointments and treatment, @TheTable features more than 300 original recipes provided by professional chefs, families, employees and patients at MD Anderson. The recipes have been vetted by nutritionists at the hospital's test kitchen and are fully family taste-test approved. Plus, the recipes are customizable and include demos and nutritional information. @TheTable is inspired by the desire to help pediatric cancer patients and survivors kick-start a healthy eating routine. Like the general public, more than one-third of childhood cancer survivors are overweight or obese – often a result of bad habits developed in the hospital. @TheTable is an initiative of the CCH’s ON (Optimizing Nutrition) to Life Program. Founded and directed by Dr. Chandra, ON to Life is an initiative unique to MD Anderson designed to promote healthy eating habits in cancer patient and survivor populations through education, behavioral sciences and innovative research.


Data from the Texas Cancer Registry, SEER, and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) are used to prioritize cancer sites and risk factors for inclusion within the cancer control plan. The following data and data sources are informing the activities of the Goal 2: Energy Balance Workgroup.


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