The Texas Health Champion Award is bestowed to individuals or organizations who have mobilized community efforts to prevent and reduce obesity and promote physical activity and healthy eating through research, practice, policy development, social marketing, behavioral interventions or innovative partnerships. The awards ceremony on September 13 was among Texas Obesity Awareness Week activities.
Kellam has written grants securing more than $250,000 in funding for the Central and South Texas school districts she supports. She has also published multiple research articles focused on childhood obesity in low-income, minority girls as it relates to physical activity and nutrition.
“After a rigorous review process, the award committee was impressed by Stephanie’s clear passion and dedication to the field of public health and obesity prevention over the past several years and her continued work to create and provide sustainable wellness programs and initiatives,” said Deanna M. Hoelscher, PhD, RD, LD, Director of the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, in a letter to Kellam.