Salud al Pasito features free walk, health screenings this Saturday

SAN ANTONIO (July 16, 2014) – Local medical student group Salud al Pasito (which means smalls steps toward better health) is hosting a San Antonio community walk and health fair starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 19, at Wonderland of the Americas, 4522 Fredericksburg Road. The event also features free health screenings, free healthy snacks and drinks, and door prizes.

The free health screenings include blood pressure, blood sugar, kidney function, and skin cancer checks. Information about healthy eating and activities will be provided.

Salud al Pasito is a student-founded, student-led organization under the auspices of the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. They are medical students who want to improve the health of San Antonio residents through informal walking events that promote healthy living. The event is funded by the School of Medicine, the university’s Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, H-E-B and South Central AHEC. This walk and health screening fair is endorsed by the Mayor’s Fitness Council, which supports the SA2020 vision for making San Antonio’s residents among the healthiest in the nation by the year 2020.

At 9:50 a.m. guest speaker will be Adelita Cantu, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Nursing and chair of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. She will discuss how nuts and other healthy snacks are more energetically long-lasting than chips.

Salud al Pasito’s community walk, which begins at 10 a.m., offers an opportunity to walk and talk with practicing doctors, nurses, students and other community members looking to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Check-in, health screenings and guest speakers will be at the first-floor center stage at Wonderland of the Americas. To learn more or to register online, visit saludalpasito.org or call 210-562-5565.

 

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, one of the country’s leading health sciences universities, ranks in the top 3 percent of all institutions worldwide receiving National Institutes of Health funding. The university’s schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, health professions and graduate biomedical sciences have produced more than 29,000 graduates. The $765 million operating budget supports eight campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. For more information on the many ways “We make lives better®,” visit www.uthscsa.edu.



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