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Duncan Cancer Center, DeBakey High School Art Car promotes healthy eating, cancer prevention

The Office of Outreach and Health Disparities in the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine has teamed up with art students from the Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions to design a golf cart that will be displayed during Houston's legendary Art Car Parade May 7 – 8.

With the theme "You Are What You Eat," the cart promotes messages about healthy eating and cancer prevention.

Guided by their art teacher, an art car artist and Office of Outreach staff, the students designed a rolling cornucopia of health. The students covered the cart with hand-crafted, extremely realistic fruits and vegetables. It is topped off with a whimsical cabbage head.

Unique venue

"This is a unique venue for us to spread important health messages in our community," said Dr. Maria Jibaja-Weiss, director of the Office of Outreach and Health Disparities. "We could not have completed this project without the DeBakey High School students and their hard work, creativity and commitment."

"I appreciate this opportunity for Debakey High School to communicate the important message of healthy eating habits in such a fun and creative way," said Linda Lazenby, principal of DeBakey High School.

Weekend of activities

There are several events leading up to the main art car parade. On Friday, May 7, the cars will visit area schools, clinics, nursing homes and community centers on the Main Street Drag. You can catch the cars before they leave Hermann Park Conservancy – Houston Garden Center at 8 a.m., or after 1 p.m. at Discovery Green. At 6 p.m. that evening, there will be a Sneak Peek event.

The main parade will begin Saturday, May 8, at 1 p.m. at Allen Parkway. Around 3 p.m., the parade will end back at Allen Parkway. Parking for the public can be found at Heritage Clay Street Garage at 1200 Bagby. A map of the parade is available at www.orangeshow.org/parade-map/.

Lazenby will drive the cart during the main parade.

The Houston Art Car Parade, the city's largest, free public art event, is produced by the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, a non-profit art foundation.

The first parade was held in April 1988 with a 40-car parade and an estimated 2,000 people in attendance. Today, the parade attracts more than 250 vehicles (cars, unicycles, lawnmowers, carts and go-carts) from 23 states as well as Canada and Mexico.

The NCI-designated Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center is a corporate sponsor of the Houston Art Car Parade.