The 82nd Texas Legislature tasked the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts to build this Web site — a comprehensive, statewide collection of resources and information to help Texans address the economic effects of obesity. In addition, our agency was charged with using fitness data collected by the Texas Education Agency to create GIS maps showing where in Texas students are most at risk for obesity. These maps will help identify the state’s obesity hot spots — areas most in need of targeted intervention.
How to Use Reshaping Texas
Reshaping Texas is the latest effort from the Texas Comptroller to provide a repository of news, tools, data and reports that help parents, teachers, and researchers to understand and fight obesity and related ailments, including diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
Our Reshaping Texas interactive mapping tool provides a multi-layered view of the childhood obesity crisis in Texas. Using district level 2012 FITNESSGRAM® Body Mass Index data, we have begun to identify where the highest risk groups are located in Texas and correlated factors. Our tool lets you see where your district falls and how it compares to the rest of the state.
See Funding Opportunities
Our regularly update database of funding opportunities will connect you with financial support for your initiatives.
Reshaping Texas organizes resources by type, including Research, Costs, Initiatives in Texas, Success Stories, Maps and Apps, and Funding Opportunities. Most content items are tagged by subject to help you explore and cross-reference similar topics, and even view subjects by region.
Suggest a Resource
If you have a resource, news item or success story you would like for us to consider publishing on Reshaping Texas, please share it with us.
Get Involved Locally
Education and awareness are the first steps to treat and prevent obesity.
- Empower yourself with news, data and research about topics ranging from childhood obesity, the economic impact of obesity in Texas, the causes of obesity, and success stories from the front lines.
- See our interactive mapping tool to identify any issues or concerns in your district and neighboring areas, and compare them to statewide data.
- Examine local resources in your district, including Student Health Advisory Councils (SHACs) and Parent Teacher Associations, and Initiatives in Texas.
- Share your story and your success if you would like us to consider it for publication on Reshaping Texas.
Getting Started with School Health Advisory Councils
A School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is a group of parents, school district employees and community stakeholders dedicated to improving the health and well-being of school children. All Texas districts are required by law to establish a SHAC and no more than half of its members can be employed by the school district.
SHACs assist districts in developing coordinated school health programs and meeting district performance goals. SHAC programs underscore the link between health and academic achievement and allow members to address challenges unique to each community.
The Texas Department of State Health Services provides reference guides and best practices tips for SHAC development. Those interested in participating in a SHAC should contact their school district administrative office.
Additionally, regional Education Service Centers (ESCs) serve as the most common form of training for SHAC development and technical support. Contacts and web addresses for all ESC locations can be found at the Texas Education Agency.
By connecting parents with school decision-makers and resource providers, this collaborative effort is leading the way in strengthening the home-school-community partnership. Whether it’s promoting free nutrition programs from the Texas Agri-Life Extension Service or proven ways to incorporate physical activity into the school day from ActiveLife or using PTA resources to promote healthy family engagement, the Collaborative and other Texas PTA Healthy Lifestyles resources are focused on making every child’s potential a reality.