The HealthStart Foundation is pleased to announce that we have received a Google Grants award. The Google Grants program supports registered nonprofit organizations that share Google’s philosophy of community service to help the world in areas such as science and technology, education, global public health, the environment, youth advocacy, and the arts. Google Grants is an in-kind advertising program that awards free online advertising to nonprofits via Google AdWords.
We are beyond grateful to receive the Google Grant award. Our new Snack Science Video Series will be a focal point in working with the grant. This award will allow HealthStart to expand our reach and awareness outside of Central Texas and help families all over the country find the resources they need to stay healthy and strong.
“Our goal is that every parent who has found themselves in the role of home school parent has the tools to help their child build a foundation to make good health decisions for life.” – Robin Herskowitz, Founder
The HealthStart Foundation is a local nonprofit that has been helping kids and their families build good health habits since 2010 through science-based health education. HealthStart pivoted to producing videos of their award-winning health-science lessons in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their Snack Science lessons for children 3 to 10 years of age are available for free online to keep young children healthy, happy, and learning.
HealthStart’s Snack Science Video series can be found at www.healthstartfoundation.org/snackscience.
The “What are You Feeding?” program helps students establish healthy eating habits.
In February 2020 HealthStart Foundation will launch the “What Are You Feeding?” (WAYF) Cafeteria Nutrition Education Program with a grant from the L’Aiglon Foundation. HealthStart is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to building healthier Texas communities through early health education. L’Aiglon Foundation, headquartered in Kingsville, Texas , has supported programs in Kingsville schools and community efforts since 1982. The 2 ½ year pilot program will take place in four Kingsville area Independent School Districts: Driscoll ISD, Kingsville ISD, Ricardo ISD, and Santa Gertrudis ISD.
HealthStart Foundation thrives off of the talented individuals who choose to intern and volunteer with our organization. We strive to create a unique and tailored experience that gives each person who shares their talents with the organization a chance to shine!
In fact, past Monstralia Game Design Interns, Audrey Alexander (Sp18) and Lance Jasper (F17) recently shared their experiences with the St. Edwards University Game Changers blog. You can read more here: https://www.stedwards.edu/articles/featured-stories/2018/07/game-changers
If you are interested in sharing your talents. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about open positions!
HealthStart Foundation, a nonprofit organization, dedicated to helping change the health of its community through early health education, will be awarded the 2019 Texas Health Champion Award. This honor is bestowed by the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, a UTHealth School of Public Health research center, as part of the 12th Annual Texas Obesity Awareness Week. HealthStart Foundation will be honored at the Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony on September 12, 2019, at the Dell Medical School Health Discovery Building Auditorium.
HealthStart Foundation seeks a part time Health Programs Communications Coordinator for Fall 2019 and beyond.
Visit http://bit.ly/hsfjobf19 to see the full posting and how to apply!
HealthStart Foundation seeks volunteers to commit to at least one 90 minute volunteer shift per week for eight weeks during our Summer 2019 Community Health Education Workshops (CHEWS) with the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA). The Workshops begin the week of June 17th and conclude the week of August 9th, excluding 4th of July Week.
Volunteers will assist in workshop setup, execution and prep. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in healthcare, fitness, wellness, or child development (or just someone looking for a little extra something to do to give back over the summer).
Those interested can email email@example.com or sign up at http://bit.ly/sum19chews
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HealthStart Teaches Healthy Habits with the Launch of Monstralia at International Games Day
AUSTIN, TX, November 5, 2018 – HealthStart Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping change the health of its community through early health education, will launch the mobile game, Monstralia™: A Healthy Life for Your Little Monster during International Games Day. The community is invited to join HealthStart Foundation at the Austin Central Library on Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. CT as they launch the game. Children will have the opportunity to play and download the Monstralia game in the Google Play store.
Through the Monstralia™ mobile game, young children, ages three to eight, will learn about healthy habits when they take care of the baby monsters who live on the Island of Monstralia. The health concepts found in the game include what to eat, types of physical activities needed to take care of your body, how to take care of one another, and how each part of the body takes care of us.
HealthStart began working on the game’s concept three years ago when the nonprofit participated in the ATX Hack for Change, hosted at St. Edward’s University, which brings technical talent and game designers together with social innovators to bring about social good through technology. HealthStart found a team of volunteers interested in helping to create a demo for the game that would become Monstralia.
“Monstralia takes the lessons HealthStart teaches in the classroom and puts them on mobile devices so good health lessons can go where kids are,” said Robin Herskowitz, Founder, HealthStart Foundation.
A year later, HealthStart became the St. Edward’s University Senior Game Design class’ client.
"Our relationship with HealthStart Foundation has been an outstanding opportunity for our students to get real-world experience making a game for a client. It's been a wonderful learning experience for our students as they express through gameplay HealthStart's core message of making healthy food choices,"said Robert Denton Bryant, Director of the Video Game Development Program, St. Edward's University.
To sign up to attend International Games Day and join HealthStart for the Monstralia™ game launchat the Austin Central Library, please visit: https://www.meetup.com/Austin-Public-Library-Board-Game-Meetup/events/254219366/.
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
WHAT: Monstralia™: A Healthy Life For Your Little Monster mobile game launch
WHERE: Austin Central Library, 3rd Floor, 710 W Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78701
About HealthStart Foundation:
Since 2010, HealthStart Foundation’s early, science-based health education programs have set a strong foundation for a healthier tomorrow. HealthStart gives children the blueprints for lifelong well-being by teaching kids to nourish their bodies, what role physical fitness plays in good health, and why caring for one another and our environment is essential for a healthy community. www.healthstartfoundation.org
About St. Edward’s University:
St. Edward’s University Bachelor’s in Video Game Development is unique in North America. The University’s majors learn the entire process of making games, from concept to release. In addition students develop communication and problem-solving skills through games projects that prepare them for leadership positions in the games industry.
Robin Herskowitz , Executive Director
HealthStart Foundation, Inc.
HealthStart is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Caring Communities Create Capable Children: C’s The Day! Mini-grant by the Michael and Susan Dell Community Collaborative for Child Health. HealthStart has been a participating member of the Collaborative since 2016. HealthStart strongly believes a child’s social and emotional well-being is as important to good health as the child’s physical well-being. That’s why our curriculum and workshops incorporate lessons promote both aspects of good health equally. The mini-grant will be used to fund one of the Community Health Education Workshops this summer at the Housing Authority of Central Austin (HACA), bringing health education to children in the Austin Community.
HealthStart is thrilled to announce that GetPayRoll.Com has awarded HealthStart Foundation a year of free payroll services. HealthStart was one of 10 nonprofits selected nationwide by GetPayroll.com for this honor. This in-kind donation allows us to place additional funds directly into their programs, reaching more kids and creating healthier communities.
HealthStart Foundation Announces its 6th Annual I Heart HealthStart Gala
AUSTIN, TX, March 30, 2018 – HealthStart Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping change the health of its community through early health education, will host its 6th Annual I Heart HealthStart Gala on Thursday, May 3, 2018 to raise funds to bring Children’s Health Education Workshops (CHEWs) to low-income kids who live in public housing.
The Gala takes place at Gather Austin in Central Austin. Festivities include delicious bites from Deckhands, The Steeping Room, House Park BBQ and other great local restaurants to nourish every part of your body, live music, and a silent auction featuring a week’s stay in a Cape Cod home. Conclude the evening with a square dance with Sharon Isaac & The Barn Owls. This exciting event brings together people in our community that are committed to helping children build healthy futures with a goal of raising $25,000 throughout the night for HealthStart’s new program, CHEWs.
“We have been blessed by strong support from the Austin business community with support from Envolve PeopleCare, Central Health, MSW Lounge, The Ross Law Group, Skout, Austin Title and First American Title.” said Robin Herskowitz, founder and Executive Director of HealthStart Foundation. “ We’ve reached about 2,400 Central Texas kids to-date, but there is so much more to do!
For more information, to purchase tickets or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please visit: http://www.healthstartfoundation.org/.
About HealthStart Foundation:
Since 2010, HealthStart Foundation’s early, science-based health education programs have set a strong foundation for a healthier tomorrow. HealthStart gives children the blueprints for lifelong well-being by teaching kids to nourish their bodies, what role physical fitness plays in good health, and why caring for one another and our environment is essential for a healthy community.
Erin Damm, Outreach Coordinator
HealthStart Foundation, Inc.