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Night of Empowerment Event 

The District School Health Advisory Council sponsored “A Night of Empowerment”, Tuesday, October 16, 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Northbrook High School. The special event was designed to educate Spring Branch families and community members about childhood obesity and diabetes.

There were 153 attendees, 16 vendors and 60+ volunteers in attendance. The evening began with the vendor market opening at 5:00 where those in attendance received one on one education in nutrition, exercise, obesity and diabetes awareness plus free health screenings. The vendor market was followed by special speakers Mary Bauman from the American Diabetes Association and Cherita Andrews, “Biggest Loser” winner. Ms. Andrews gave a highly energized and motivating testimony on how obesity impacted her life. She spoke of her new purpose to reach as many people as possible on the issues associated with obesity and the strategies to set goals and make life changes.

After the program speakers the attendees went to break out session which focused on nutrition and exercise. The breaks out speakers were Carol Lapin/HEB Dietitian and Dr. Jose Yanez/Health Education Coordinator for the City of Houston. Parents and students became so involved in the breakout sessions that the event extended past 8:00 p.m.

The evening highlighted efforts from each of the eight coordinated school health components with volunteers from all departments across the district. The community partners who donated funds and other resources to support this special evening were Community Health Choice, Center Point, HEB, My Fit Foods, Clay Road YMCA and American Diabetes Association.