Health & Nutrition

1 out of every 5 uninsured children in the United States lives in Texas

CHILDREN AT RISK believes all children deserve a healthy food environment, safe opportunities for an active lifestyle, and access to preventative health services.

Center for Child Health Research & Policy

Without access to adequate healthcare and nutrition, children can’t properly grow, learn, and thrive. Early gaps, in a child’s fundamental health needs, have proven to have long-term consequences for health, educational attainment, and economic security later in life. CHILDREN AT RISK’s Center for Child Health Research & Policy (CCHRP) strives to improve the health of all children through collaboration, policy, research, and education. The Center believes that organizations across sectors should work together to create an infrastructure that aims to provide all children with a healthy food environment, safe opportunities for an active lifestyle, and access to preventative health services for them and their caregivers.

The Center for Child Health Research & Policy

Researches the root causes of economic, racial, and social disparities in children’s health.

Collaborates with community health experts, hospital systems, clinics, and schools to address disparities in health, prevent adverse childhood experiences, and tackle food insecurity.

Advocates for strategies to increase access to healthy foods, policies that protect recess and outdoor playtime for children in schools, supports maternal health, and extends health coverage for children.

Featured Resources

Kroger School Food Rankings

Free or Low-Cost Meals Maps

Houston Map     Dallas-Fort Worth Map 

Universal School Breakfast & Afterschool Meal Case Studies

Health & Nutrition Research & Resources

2019 School Food Rankings

2019 School Food Rankings

Across Texas, over 3 million low-income students qualify for free or reduced-price school meals through federal programs such as the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. For many of these children, meals eaten at school are the only...

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Closing the SNAP Gap

Closing the SNAP Gap

Composed of over 40 individuals from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, the Houston SNAP Task Force was convened by Houston Food Bank, Food Research & Action Center, and The Food Trust, and co-chaired by Houston Food Bank and CHILDREN AT RISK. The Houston...

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