Pasadena ISD’s new ‘vibrant’ take on health starts at Walk for Sight, Oct. 21

Pasadena ISD’s new ‘vibrant’ take on health starts at Walk for Sight, Oct. 21
Posted on 10/20/2017
Pasadena ISD’s new ‘vibrant’ take on health starts at Walk for Sight, Oct. 21

Pasadena ISD and the Pasadena Lions Club have teamed up to host the annual Walk for Sight event, Oct. 21, at Veterans Memorial Stadium, located at 2906 Dabney Drive.

Now in its 15th year, the walk helps to raise funds to provide eye wear for children in the school district.

Each year, elementary and middle schools across the district are encouraged to participate in the walk. Campuses that participate have a chance to earn 10 percent of the money raised if schools raise at least $500 for the walk. This percentage can be used for coordinated school health efforts on campus.

Each year, the event raises roughly $20,000 for students in need.

“This is such a great opportunity for our students to give back to their school community and see an immediate impact from their efforts. Held in conjunction with the national Let’s Make a Difference Day encouraging students to participate in community service, this event reinforces the importance of giving back to their community when they are able, leading to stronger communities,” stated Pam Tevis, Coordinator for Health/PE/Wellness.

The walk, this year, will feature various health activities including cooking demonstrations, physical activity opportunities for all ages, and wellness information and resources as part of the Pasadena Vibrant Community kickoff celebration.

The Pasadena Vibrant Community is an initiative developed by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center made possible by an investment from and collaboration with Shell Oil Company. The mission of the Pasadena Vibrant Community is to mobilize Pasadena to promote health and wellness in the community.

The initiative unites individuals, schools, businesses, government agencies, health care providers and policy-makers to carry out community-led solutions that will make positive, long-lasting change in people’s health.

“We know that healthy, active students achieve more academically, so it makes sense to utilize our schools to promote healthy behaviors,” said Amber Macneish, PISD coordinated school health specialist.

To improve the health and wellness of its students, PISD joined several other community-based organizations as part of the Pasadena Vibrant Community. Through the initiative, PISD is implementing a variety of programs and policies to encourage healthy behaviors.

The Pasadena Vibrant Community Steering Committee includes BakerRipley, Brighter Bites, the City of Pasadena, Harris County Public Health, Harris Health System, MD Anderson, Memorial Hermann Community Benefit Corporation, Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, Pasadena Health Center, Pasadena Independent School District and the YMCA of Greater Houston.