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San Antonio Metropolitan Health District

Where you live in San Antonio has a bearing on how long you live.  Changing that kind of health inequity will take years.  It's a challenge the community is taking on.

Access to insurance has made headlines recently, but what determines people’s health is much more complex, including many of the circumstances of daily life.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

You've probably heard the phrase "it takes a village" to get things done. That may be true of treatment for high blood pressure, also called hypertension. It affects one in three adults. San Antonio’s University Health System is using the village approach to manage patients with this life-threatening chronic condition.

Aaron Yates

A Hill Country hospital has been named one of the top 20 rural community hospitals in the nation.

Peterson Regional Medical Center in Kerrville earned the designation from the National Rural Health Association.

Hospitals are evaluated in areas including quality, outcomes and cost.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

Fighting obesity may have something to do with the size of your dinner plate. San Antonio’s Metropolitan Health District launched a new campaign today targeting weight problems and diabetes.

The facts are sobering. Two-thirds of San Antonians are overweight or obese. One is seven has been told by a doctor they are diabetic.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

What if your phone could help you quit smoking or lose weight? That’s the idea behind a new texting service created by San Antonio medical professionals and engineers. It's a new way to use your mobile device to improve your health.

A voice on a video says "quitting smoking is the best and most life-saving decision that you can make." That’s the greeting from a new automated messaging system called Quitxt, a program developed by UT Health San Antonio and University of Texas at San Antonio engineers to help smokers kick the habit.