The Jarvis Christian College's Enactus Team is celebrating after they surpassed 39 competing from around the country to take the first-place national title in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundaton's "Students for Health" Project Competition.
Their prize was awarded recently at the Enactus USA National Expo in Kansas City, in front of an audience of over 3,000 corporate executives, educators and students.
Among the Jarvis students who participated were, Brian Alexander, Wendon Blair and Carlos Villareal. The students were advised by Ches Talley.
The competition provided a great opportunity for Enactus teams, with a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to start initiatives to better the health and wellness of the areas surrounding their schools.
The Jarvis Enactus health initiative focused on the high childhood obesity rate in East Texas by introducing achievable actions that food insecure families can implement to form healthy eating habits.
Tyler Head Start Program partnered with Jarvis Christian College with 10 sites taking part in the initiative.
Representing Tyler Head Start, Dawn Parnell said, "We were honored to be invited to participate in this program. Teaching parents and children about nutrition and healthy lifestyles can put children on a trajectory of intellectual development and academic success."
With their award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Jarvis Christian College is able to further expand the initiative across East Texas.
This is the third consecutive year the school has placed in the National Enactus USA Expo and it is their first time winning a national title.