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San Antonio Kids Learn Healthy Eating Through Gardening Program

The "Garden Angel" program at Oak Meadow Elementary School in San Antonio, supported by parent and grandparent volunteers, promotes nutritious eating and reinforces the school's commitment to health as a member of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program. Students take part in planting, caring for and harvesting vegetables throughout the year. Students are encouraged to experiment with new tastes and try new vegetables. “Children learn early on that taking an active role in a garden can be rewarding," said Lori Chapa, outdoor classroom coordinator at the school. "They take pride in the garden they have cared for and are excited to eat what they have grown. We hope this practice will promote healthier eating habits and lifestyles today and for years ...

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VIDEO: San Antonio Senior Citizens Are Joining Fight Against Diabetes

Instead of throwing up their hands in frustration over the growing diabetes epidemic among Hispanics in San Antonio, Humana and the Mexican American Unity Council are joining forces to combat the problem, KENS-TV reports. Not doctors and nurses, but senior citizens are the newest soldiers on the front line of the battle against the disease. Read more here, or watch ...

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VIDEO: How the Community Can Play a Role in Reducing Health Disparities

Dr. Karen Emmons, a cancer prevention expert at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, addressed critical behavioral health and policy changes and the role communities can play in those changes, on May 5, 2011, at the Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC) in San Antonio as part of the SALSI/CTRC Health Disparities Lecture Series. Emmons pointed out the need for translational research and the vital role of the community in bridging translational gaps to solve disparities like child obesity and tobacco cessation. Watch video of her talk here. The SALSI/CTRC Health Disparities Lecture Series, sponsored by the San Antonio Life Sciences Institute (SALSI) and the CTRC, brings some of the top U.S. health disparities experts to San Antonio to offer the latest trends, tools and ...

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The Life Course Approach to Obesity: A Focus on Latino Youth

Dr. Elsie M. Taveras, member of the advisory committee of Salud America! The RWJF Research Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children, addresses Latino childhood obesity in an article in the journal Childhood Obesity. Dr. Taveras mentions her research group at Harvard Medical School and their so-called “life course approach to obesity,” which has identified important factors for and disparities in obesity starting in pregnancy and through infancy, early childhood and adolescence. "Latino children are also much less likely to be breast fed, and we know from some some studies that breastfeeding may be protective of overweight," Dr. Taveras said in the article. "Additionally, Latino children are more likely to be introduced to solids early, they are more likely to drink ...

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Fight Cancer from Your iPhone or iPad

The latest guidelines and info for cancer screening, treatment and prevention are right there when you need them in the form of three new apps for the iPhone and/or iPad. "HPVsearch" allows users to look up facts, vaccines and patient FAQs. With "CanSearch," find the recommended screening guidelines for the top 25 cancers, including their risk factors, nutrition and chemoprevention stats, and imaging tests. With "CanQuit," refer to guidelines, info, and resources to help patients quit smoking. These free apps, from the Texas Medical Association's Physician Oncology Education Program, are available here from your iPhone or ...

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San Antonio Teen Using Community Gardens to Inspire Healthy Lifestyles

By raising his voice and inspiring his peers to live healthier lives, 13-year-old Jacob Vasquez of San Antonio, Texas, is leading the fight against childhood obesity. On April 16, 2011, Jacob, one of 25 youths selected to serve on the Youth Advisory Board for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, will partner with the Health Collaborative’s Fun Family Community Garden Event to encourage kids to take a more active role in their health. At the event, students will be able to partake in a program, GROW (Growing Real Organic Winners), from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Health Collaborative (1002 N. Flores Street) to examine the relationship between gardening and a healthy lifestyle. The first 25 students will get a gardening kit and will be encouraged to start a garden at home, ...

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‘Buena Salud’ Book Series Tackles Latino Health, Diabetes & More

The new Buena Salud book series presents the latest Latino health information and medical advances about individual diseases and conditions in a warm and conversational tone. Written by Dr. Jane L. Delgado, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the series sprinkles real-life stories throughout and are published simultaneously in English and Spanish to inform, support, and deliver advice that will guide a Latino readership towards better care of their health. The series launches with books on the top two health concerns for U.S. Latinos: heart disease and diabetes. Watch a WKYC-TV news report on the book series here or ...

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Deadline Extended to Apply for ‘Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training’

A mentorship program opening in June at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio encourages Latinos to pursue careers studying how cancer/disease affects minorities differently. April 13, 2011, is the extended application deadline for Èxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training. The ideal candidate is a Hispanic or Latino master’s degree-level student or a master’s degree-trained health professional, but all ethnicities are welcome to apply. Go here for more info or to apply. Éxito! consists of: A 5-day Summer Institute in June 2011 that offers teaching, tools and resources Paid Internships (Starting in 2012) Doctoral Biannual Retreats (Starting in 2014) The hope is that Èxito! participants will go on to earn doctoral degrees and conduct ...

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How Healthy is Your County?

A new set of reports released this week rank the health of more than 3,000 U.S. counties and show that much of what affects health occurs outside of the doctor’s office. The County Health Rankings, in their second year and led by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), confirm the critical role that factors such as education, jobs, income, and environment play in how healthy people are and how long they live. See this map to find your county. Some highlights of what counties look like nationally: People are nearly twice as likely to be in fair or poor health in the unhealthiest counties; Unhealthy counties have significantly lower high school graduation rates; Unhealthy counties have more than twice as ...

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