Be Well Baytown Overview
Be Well™ Baytown is an initiative of MD Anderson sponsored by ExxonMobil. We aim to mobilize the community to promote wellness and stop cancer before it starts. The initiative unites individuals, schools, workplaces, government agencies, health care providers and policy-makers to carry out sustainable, community-led solutions that will make positive, long-lasting changes in people's lives.
Be Well Baytown focuses on five modifiable cancer risk factors:
We are building a healthier community together!
Our Current Programs
Healthy eating and active living programming is being led by six organizations.
- Hearts and Hands of Baytown, a ministry of Iglesia CristoViene and United Way of Greater Baytown Area & Chambers County are hosting mobile food fairs throughout the city to increase access to fresh produce, mentor local food pantries to offer healthy options to clients and help people eat healthy for life.
- Goose Creek CISD is a CATCH® district that supports healthy eating for the whole family. Additionally Goose Creek CISD has installed walking trails open to the community. Walking trails are open during after school hours and on weekends from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- George Washington Carver Elementary: 4-7:30 p.m.
- Harlem Elementary: 4:30-7:30 p.m.
- James Bowie Elementary: 4:30-7:30 p.m.
- Mirabeau B. Lamar: 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
- Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is working with various community partners to improve the environment to promote physical activity
- OLE! Texas, HCPH is working with three childcare centers to implement this statewide intervention aimed at enhancing outdoor learning environments in early childcare settings to promote connectivity with nature.
- Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and Parks (SRTP): HCPH will convene Goose Creek CISD, the City of Baytown and others to create a plan of action that will lead to recommendations for safe pedestrian routes to schools and parks. SRTS and SRTP will help Baytown’s infrastructure to walk and bike around the city.
- The City of Baytown Parks and Recreation is launching a new program called “Sunday Funday Pop Up Parks”. Pop Up Parks events will encourage residents to engage in free community activities throughout the city that may include signature city programming such as fitness classes, and family friendly yard games.
Sun safety programming is being led by three collaborating organizations.
- Goose Creek CISD's sun safety programming includes a district wide sun safety policy to encourage sun safety education year round for students and employees, promote sun protective behaviors during outdoor activities and increase shade areas on school grounds.
- Lee College is embracing an effort to educate and inform the college community on the harmful effects of excessive sun exposure, provide staff and students with the necessary tools to help reduce their risk by increasing availability of shade across campus and installing free sunscreen dispensers.
- The City of Baytown is enhancing the city parks to reduce sun exposure by installing sunscreen dispensers and shade structures, increasing natural shade, and hosting educational sessions for city employees.
Tobacco control programming is being led by two collaborating organizations.
- Lee College is implementing strategies to increase awareness of the campus tobacco free policy. Lee College oversees activities to work on tobacco control through education and promoting tobacco cessation resources.
- MD Anderson's accredited program Certified Tobacco Treatment Training Program (CTTTP) will be offered to interdisciplinary health care providers and public health professionals to become tobacco cessation champions for their organizations and the Baytown community. Those who serve the Baytown community will have the opportunity to apply for a Be Well Baytown scholarship to cover the course fees. Please contact CTTS@mdanderson.org to register or for more information on the Be Well Baytown scholarship.
The Be Well Communities Team serves as the backbone organization of the initiative with the support of the Steering Committee. Steering Committee members are representatives of the community that guide planning and implementation of the initiative through active engagement. The Steering Committee is a critical component of the Be Well Communities model. Steering Committee members represent the following organizations:
- American Cancer Society
- Baytown Sterling Municipal Library
- Chambers Community Health
- City of Baytown
- Communities in Schools of Baytown
- First3Years: Babies in Baytown
- Fred Aguilar Promise Center
- Goose Creek CISD
- Harris County Precinct 2
- Harris County Public Health
- Harris Health System
- Hearts and Hands of Baytown, a ministry of Iglesia Cristo Viene
- Houston Food Bank
- Houston Methodist Baytown
- Lee College
- Legacy Community Health
- Love Network of Baytown
- Southeast Harris Community Coalition, a program of the Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol
- United Way of Greater Baytown Area & Chambers County
- UT School of Public Health
- YMCA of Greater Houston
The overall design of the initiative is incredible and I have no doubt others will use this model to change the face of their community in years to come.
Lori Rumfield, Director of Community Impact, United Way of Greater Baytown Area and Chambers County - Be Well Baytown Steering Committee Member
5 simple ways to get involved in Baytown
- Attend a mobile food fair organized by Hearts and Hands of Baytown.
- Protect your skin by using one of the many sunscreen dispensers and sun shades located at city parks and Lee College.
- Ask your Goose Creek CISD school about their CATCH family nights.
- Attend one of the Pop Up Park events.
- Be a part of Be Well Baytown and spread the word: #BeWellBaytown.
Baytown in Action
Volunteers lend a hand at a mobile food fair.
Ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate new walking trail at Bowie Elementary.
Enjoying outdoor play at Be Well Baytown Day
Celebrating the new sun shade at Roseland Park
Residents get moving with POUND Fitness
Wearing sunglasses as part of the sun safety efforts
CATCH Family Night at Bowie Elementary School