Healthy Eating Campaign Targets San Antonio Obesity, Diabetes Epidemics
More than one-third of Bexar County adults are obese, according to recent data, and obesity is a known risk factor for diabetes.
One in 7 people in San Antonio are affected by Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Tens of thousands of local residents are diagnosed every year. San Antonio's diabetic population is more than 14 percent, compared to a 9 percent national average.
Many local entities are actively investigating the causes of and looking for ways to mitigate the obesity epidemic and related health issues.
The most recent of these efforts is nutrition-education campaign ¡Viva Health!, designed to motivate and inspire healthy eating patterns for individuals and families in the San Antonio area.
- Jennifer Herriott, assistant director of community health for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District
- Michael Guerra, chief development officer for the San Antonio Food Bank
- Kipling Gallion, deputy director of The Institute for Health Promotion Research and assistant professor in the School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio
*Audio for this segment will be available by 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29