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Community leaders promote healthier habits with creative strategies

Roland Cotton is helping his neighbors become healthier. In a community struggling with chronic illness and without easy access to fruits and vegetables, Roland is digging in the dirt to make a change. He and community leaders in OST/South Union and Near Northside are working with GO Neighborhoods to create fun and educational activities that encourage better eating habits, more exercise and generally healthier lifestyles for residents of all ages. 

 Roland Cotton in the community garden

OST/South Union Farmer's Market

In OST/South Union, this means a new local community garden, a monthly farmer's market and even encouraging residents to plant their own backyard gardens.  In addition, the Strollin' and Rollin' GO Team recently held a pop-up neighborhood greenway event, temporarily transforming a section of Milart Street into a car-free road zone. Neighborhood partners showcased techniques that slow down traffic and make streets more pedestrian and bike friendly. Roland was recently honored for his hard work as a finalist at the Greater Houston Service Awards.


Across town in Near Northside, children's health is a priority. In April, the MD Anderson Family YMCA hosted Healthy Kids Day. A national initiative of the YMCA, the event promotes fitness fun with a day of games, sports activities, health screenings and more.

"We are so proud to partner with these creative community leaders, like Roland, to make neighborhoods healthier," said Amanda Timm, Executive Director. 

COMING SOON: LISC will highlight the community safety efforts happening in Near Northside and OST/South Union following recent tragedies.


Signage from Pop-Up Greenway