CAN DO Houston (Children and Neighbors Defeating Obesity) will expand its community-based efforts with a $360,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities initiative.
MD Anderson will oversee and manage the grant, which was one of only three awarded in Texas and 41 nationally, chosen from more than 500 proposals. Efforts will focus on three Houston neighborhoods: Magnolia Park, Sunnyside and Independence Heights.
CAN DO Houston was formed in 2008 by Houston organizations — including MD Anderson’s Center for Research on Minority Health — concerned about childhood obesity and its health effects.
By tapping volunteers and existing sources of funds, CAN DO Houston focuses on improving nutrition, physical activity and healthy behaviors for children ages 4-12. The program’s centerpiece is establishing a tie between a school and a city park.