Did you know that every 30 seconds someone becomes a victim of modern-day slavery? Or that there are 48.8M slaves in the world today? 22% are sex slaves. And I’m embarrassed to say that Texas is ranked #2 in the nation for the most reported human trafficking cases. The average age an American girl enters the sex trade is 13. And shockingly, 400 trafficked, underage teens work the streets of Dallas each night. And finally, there are illegal massage business working trafficked girls by schools and even in our wealthiest neighborhoods . . . think about it.
On Sunday, a day we as a nation set aside to honor fathers and the bonds of family, I was among the millions of Americans who watched images of children who have been torn from their parents. In the six weeks between April 19 and May 31, the Department of Homeland Security has sent nearly 2,000 children to mass detention centers or foster care. More than 100 of these children are younger than 4 years old. The reason for these separations is a zero-tolerance policy for their parents, who are accused of illegally crossing our borders.
The Texas Health Champion Award is presented to public health leaders who have demonstrated exemplary achievement in reducing the burden and/or raising awareness of the obesity epidemic in Texas. Nominees considered for the award may be individuals, organizations, or project teams from community organizations, educational agencies, non-profit organizations, or government offices. The 2018 Texas Health Champion Award will be presented at the 11th Annual Texas Health Champion… Read more »
Summer is a time to relax and enjoy downtime, but don’t forget that staying active and eating healthy is still important. Getting 30-60 minutes of physical activity a day and eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables is essential to child health.
Sponsored by a coalition of professional health organizations as a part of the annual Texas Obesity Awareness Week and the Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony, the Rising Star Award will be presented to young Texans who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in his or her community in an effort to raise awareness and reduce the burden of the obesity. Past youth recipients have initiated their… Read more »
Overview The Michael & Susan Dell Center Post-Doctoral Fellowship is a research traineeship for post-doctoral fellows interested in nutrition, physical activity, and/or obesity research. The program provides funding for one full-time post-doctoral fellow to study in residence at the Center for one year, with the option of additional years of funding based on performance and fund availability. Fellows are offered a competitive salary and… Read more »