It’s Time Texas Summit set for June 15-16

Participants in last year's It's Time Texas listen to speakers. Photo courtesy It's Time Texas
Participants in last year’s It’s Time Texas listen to speakers. Photo courtesy It’s Time Texas

Need a jolt of motivation to help you launch a healthier lifestyle?

It’s Time Texas will host its annual two-day health summit at the JW Marriott next Monday and Tuesday. The event is designed to inspire people around Texas to eat more nutritious food and live more active lives.

This year’s summit will focus on emerging trends and strategies for improving health in five core areas – workplace, community, school, policy and innovation.

This year's It's Time Texas summit takes place Monday and Tuesday. Photo courtesy It's Time Texas
This year’s It’s Time Texas summit takes place Monday and Tuesday. Photo courtesy It’s Time Texas

The keynote speaker is Dr. Ernest Hawk, M.D., vice president of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Evan Smith, editor-in-chief of Texas Tribune, will moderate a symposium titled “Creating a Culture of Health in Texas.”

An array of leaders from organizations including Texas Children’s Hospital, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, the United Way and H.E.B. will also be on hand.

Among them are Dr. Chris Skisak, executive director of the Houston Business Coalition on Health, who will speak about improving employee wellness through community partnerships and business coalitions. Alice Kirk and Mike Lopez, extension health specialists with Texas A&M University, will discuss building school and community collaborations. Todd Whitthorne of ACAP Health will talk about creating a culture of wellness in the workplace.

“Our goal with the summit is to bring together leaders from Texas’ K-12, employer, nonprofit, government, industry, healthcare and academic sectors to share best practices and scale up what is working across the state,” says Baker Harrell, founder It’s Time Texas.

Sponsors and partners include H.E.B., Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, SNAP-Ed RGK Foundation, St. David’s Foundation, The University of Texas School of Public Health, The Texas Tribune, CATCH Global Foundation and ACAP Health.

Registration is $150 ($100 for teachers or non-profits) here.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s