It is no surprise that HFR’s Man of the Year 2019 continues to put in the work to make his city: Houston, TX a healthier city. Mayor Sylvester Turner has worked diligently and tirelessly to promote health and wellness for the city despite his busy schedule. He has done everything from accepting fitness challenges to dance-offs, to creating more bike lanes in the city. We could go on and on about all of Mayor’s Turner’s efforts, so we provided a shortlist of top 10 ways Sylvester Turner has promoted health in Houston:
Mayor Turner has helped revitalize Discovery Green. The park is now gaining national recognition for its oasis-like atmosphere and opportunities for people to participate in healthy activities in the city.
I’m proud that Discovery Green is gaining this national recognition for what Houstonians already know it to be: a great place for people of all ages and a true example of Houston’s can-do spirit. https://t.co/o7u9SedrTB— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) October 9, 2019
Art is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and Mayor turner has been attending the Houston Art Fest to help draw awareness to its benefits. The festival additionally helps support and fund non-profit organizations.
As mayor, my job is to ensure that Houston is working for all families – not just those at the top.— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) September 12, 2019
I’m proud to see our economy is producing real results, making Houston the best city in Texas for middle class families!https://t.co/tpTu6Avtfb
Mayor Turner is backing and drawing awareness to research programs such as this treatment developed at Rice University.
I’ve always said that in this city if you can dream it, you can do it. Scientific and medical breakthroughs are happening right here in Houston. https://t.co/sOQKJ8pJk6— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) September 17, 2019
He supports the revitalization and renovation of Memorial Park, whose world-class municipal golf course will host the 2020 Houston Open.
Memorial Park on schedule to open Nov. 4, host Houston Open in 2020 https://t.co/S8qZPKBlpF— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) October 8, 2019
One of the initiatives Mayor Turner is Involved in is children’s asthma research. He has been speaking on effected children’s behalf and participating in projects to help draw awareness to the public health issue.
Asthma affects 7% of Houstonians, including these kids. @SylvesterTurner joined @HoustonHealth today to reveal new ways the city is helping curb the effects of the disease. https://t.co/6BzW18By1L pic.twitter.com/6Cw8WigoC5— Alan Bernstein (@AlanBernstein) October 3, 2019
Mayor Turner joined @HoustonHealth this week to announce 4 new projects. Three will help address the #asthma burden in our city and a fourth will detect dangerous #benzene releases faster. Read more here https://t.co/8TaVgG2N7a pic.twitter.com/0PXHq2SYuM— City of Houston (@HoustonTX) October 5, 2019
Another area where Mayor Turner is active is in Mental Health. He is asking that people recognize the signs of mental illness so we can help our loved ones receive help.
We all have a role to play in preventing suicide and making sure that our communities have the support they need.— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) September 10, 2019
If you or a loved one is struggling, know that you are not alone. Please check the link for available resources. #WorldSuicidePreventionDayhttps://t.co/5tvY0NkcPY
We must expand the conversation and reduce the stigma for mental health.— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) October 10, 2019
Last month, I kicked off the Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Veteran Suicide. We’re working hard to ensure every veteran can access the care they deserve. #WorldMentalHealthDay https://t.co/I47sCusW1y
Mayor Turner acknowledges that being physically active is very important and getting outside and participating in neighborhood events is a way to get moving. Here he is getting active at Sunday Street HTX with fellow Houstonians.
It was a beautiful day to kick off the first @SundayStreetHTX of the fall on Washington Avenue!— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) September 29, 2019
This is what Houston is all about – getting outside and getting to know your neighborhood so we can build a stronger, more inclusive city. pic.twitter.com/6KokITP0rh
Here is Mayor Turner getting active with Houston residents. Encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle at the KASHouston festival.
This truly was a highlight of the day. Mayor @SylvesterTurner diversifying his dance skills with #ChickeNoodleSoup at @KASHouston festival.— Jeff Syptak (@JeffSyptak) October 6, 2019
The young Houstonians were hyped he actually got danced with them. @bts_bighit @BTSW_official #LiftEveryVoicepic.twitter.com/VQykgHNH2W
Mayor Turner is putting climate change solutions at the forefront, so we can all have cleaner air and better health- a big deal in a city that has so many cars!
#HouNews: Mayor Turner announced a landmark partnership to accelerate transportation electrification & carbon emissions reductions.— City of Houston (@HoustonTX) October 11, 2019
The partnership’s, #EVolveHouston, goal is to boost #ElectricVehicle sales to 30% in #Houston by 2030.
Read more here: https://t.co/rYoSPHdtJo pic.twitter.com/7thIxSFAgs