Report: Addressing Latino Obesity in San Antonio and South Texas


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LatinoObesityForumA new report on the recent 2nd Annual SALSI Research Forum: Latino Obesity highlights innovative strategies and programs to reduce obesity among San Antonio and South Texas Latinos.

Nearly 75% of Latinos were overweight or obese in Texas as of 2009.

That’s why Latino obesity-focused research and programs are so vital.

“The researchers and leaders present at the forum are working at ‘ground zero’ of the Latino obesity epidemic in Texas,” said Dr. Amelie Ramirez, director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, which coordinated the forum with UT San Antonio. “It’s important to highlight these efforts to better understand what works to encourage Latinos’ healthier lifestyles.”

The forum on May 10, 2011, was made possible by the San Antonio Life Science Institute (SALSI).

Read the full report or watch video of the speakers.

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

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