Be Well Baytown Kick-Off Video
Be Well™ Baytown is an initiative of MD Anderson sponsored by ExxonMobil, with an overall goal of mobilizing the Baytown community to promote wellness and stop cancer before it starts.
Be Well Baytown focuses on the five target health areas of diet, physical activity, preventive care, tobacco control, and ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure. Programming will be carried out through 2024 with the overall aim to reduce modifiable cancer risk factors.
The initiative unites individuals, schools, workplaces, government agencies, health care providers and policy-makers to carry out community-led solutions that will make positive, long-lasting changes in people's health.
As the backbone organization, MD Anderson has gained support from the community and leads Be Well Baytown in collaboration with:
- Baytown Chamber of Commerce
- City of Baytown
- Chambers Health
- Goose Creek CISD
- Harris Health System
- Hearts and Hands of Baytown, a ministry of Iglesia Cristo Viene
- Lee College
- Love Network of Baytown
- Our Promise to West Baytown
- United Way of Greater Baytown Area & Chambers County
- YMCA of Greater Houston
The YMCA has an incredible track record for their delivery and evaluation of evidence-based wellness programs throughout the United States. As a part of Be Well Baytown, the Baytown Family YMCA is committed to improving the health of Baytown residents through the delivery of complimentary programming to promote healthy eating and encourage physcial activity for all ages. Programming includes:
- YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program
- Healthy Weight and Your Child
- Walking Clubs
- Afterschool Youth Sports
GCCISD is a central member of the Baytown community. The school district has aligned with the Be Well Baytown initiative by executing the Center for Disease Control's Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model. Current programming in GCCISD includes implementing the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH®) at all elementary and junior schools. By delivering CATCH, the district is promoting physical activity and incorporating nutrition education in the classroom and beyond by engaging families and community members in health-related events.
United Way of Greater Baytown Area & Chambers County is making a commitment to improving the overall health of Baytown residents by advancing their mission to develop, promote and support solutions designed to meet targeted community needs. As part of Be Well Baytown, the United Way will partner with Hearts & Hands of Baytown over the next several years to increase access of fresh fruits and vegetables through coordination of mobile food events and local food pantries throughout the city. Community resources will also be available over the next few years.
As a leading partner of Be Well Baytown, GCCISD will incorporate sun safety education programming including MD Anderson's Ray and the Sunbeatables® and Be Sunbeatable™ Programs targeting preschool through 5th grade students.
GCCISD will also adopt a district-wide sun safety policy, integrate shade structures and other components to increase sun safety behaviors for students and staff during the school day.
As the leader in higher education in the Baytown community, Lee College will serve as a champion to promote sun safety on campus. Lee College will execute a multi-component awareness-raising campaign that includes sunscreen dispensers, shade structures and sun safety messaging on and around campus.
Lee College will also leverage educational opportunities with faculty, staff and students on sun protective behaviors.
The City of Baytown has a robust parks and recreation department which includes over 50 parks around Baytown. As a part of Be Well Baytown, the City will enhance outdoor spaces by installing sunscreen dispensers and shade structures in high traffic parks, increasing the availability of natural shade by planting trees in underdeveloped parks and hosting educational sessions for sun safety/skin cancer prevention for all city employees.
- Programming will begin in 2020
- Programming will begin in 2020
In the News
When I first starting walking with the YMCA Walking Club, I couldn't walk more than 15 steps without breathing hard. I am off my iron medicine, my breathing is good, my blood pressure has stabilized and I can work out now and run with my boys.
YMCA Walking Club Participant