Girl Scouts Help UT Health Science Center Researchers Fight Obesity


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Girl-Scouts-Logo-710841A group of Girl Scouts in San Antonio, Texas, spent part of their President’s Day working on a photography assignment that could be beneficial in pinpointing causes of sedentary lifestyles.

The Avenida Guadalupe Girl Scout Center on San Antonio’s West Side went out to take pictures in order to identify the things in their neighborhood that either help them get involved in physical activities or discourages them from being physically active, according to a report in the San Antonio Business Journal.

The girls’ perspective will be used by researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio as part of a broader effort to get young girls, particularly young Hispanic girls, moving.

The project is led by two researchers from the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the Health Science Center, Deborah M. Parra-Medina and Laura Esparza. Parra-Medina, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, studies health disparities in underserved communities and works to create behavioral interventions. Esparza, the project coordinator, is working to reduce sedentary behavior and increase physical activity among women, youth and underserved populations.

Read more from the Business Journal here and from the UT Health Science Center here.

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of Latino kids have obesity (compared to 11.7% of white kids)

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