Houston Newsmakers September 14: Crime Stoppers of Houston Safe School program

By Khambrel Marshall - Meteorologist, 'Newsmakers' Host

HOUSTON - The Safe School program of Crime Stoppers of Houston is currently in 21 Houston area School districts and reaches more than 800 thousand students.

"We know that kids are the first line of defense sometimes." said Rania Mankarious, the Executive Director of Crime Stoppers of Houston. "They're the ones that know someone has posted online that they're about to do something or that there's going to be a big fight."

Also on the program, Michelle Sacks the Manager of the Safe School program who says the Crime Stoppers program also works to stop the signs of domestic abuse while students are young.

"If students are used to seeing what they think is normal, when they do become teenagers, when they do get into middle school and high school and engage in relationships with others, it's what their normal is."

Texas childhood obesity has increased fourfold in recent years. Twenty-nine percent of kids in 9th-12th grades are overweight or obese. Texas Children Pediatrics and the YMCA of Greater Houston have teamed up to create and administer programs to help families create healthier outcomes for their children. Dr. Stan Spinner is the Chief Medical Officer of Texas Children's Pediatrics.

"We are so far behind when it comes to prevention," he said. "It's so important to address obesity and health early because once it's stated it's very hard to correct and reverse."

Also on the program, Giselle Patterson, the Director of Health Innovation of the YMCA of Greater Houston.

Rounding out this week's program is civil rights activist Johnny Mata who along with the Greater Houston Coalition for Justice is pushing to try to change the Grand Jury system in Texas, charging that in many cases their demographic make up leads to racial bias.
Very important information for families on this week's Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall. Watch it Sunday at 10 a.m., right after Meet the Press.

More Information:
• Rania Mankarious, Executive Director, Crime Stoppers of Houston Chair, 713-521-4600 or for tips 713-222-TIPS (8477)

• Michelle Sacks, Manager Safe School Program, Crime Stoppers of Houston 713-521-4600

• Dr. Stan Spinner, Chief Medical Officer-Texas Children's Pediatrics 832-824-1000
• Giselle Patterson, Director Health Innovation, YMCA of Greater Houston, 713-659-5566
• Johnny Mata, Greater Houston Coalition for Justice
• Kathy Self, Victim's Rights Chair Greater Houston Coalition for Justice

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