Making a Healthy Difference
“With the right tools, we can make a lasting difference in the lives of Latinos,” says Meizi He, associate professor of health and kinesiology who is working to fight childhood obesity in Hispanic communities of San Antonio.
Integrating faith and health, Dr. He promotes healthy living through a faith-based intervention program called Building a Healthy Temple. With a program curriculum focused on healthy eating, active living and healthy body weight, He partners with churches in Latino communities to encourage these healthy changes.
Dr. He already tested the program in two churches on San Antonio’s West Side, and with a recent gift of $250,000 from Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio, she is extending the program to 18 more churches. “I cannot tell you how grateful I am to Baptist Health Foundation for providing us with the support to expand Building a Healthy Temple into the areas that need it most,” Dr. He says.
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