HEB Slimdown Showdown
10:17 am
Thu October 11, 2012

HEB's Slimdown Showdown finishes nearly 1,000 lbs. thinner

Slimdown Showdown Winner Allison Spangler poses with other contestants at the competition's finale. Spangler lost 47 pounds during the 16 week course of the competition.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

HEB’s Slimdown Showdown came to close this week as 24 contestants selected from all over Texas lost nearly 956 pounds collectively during the  16-week competition.

Slimdown winner Allison Spangler is a school teacher at Stevens High School in San Antonio; she lost 46 pounds during the competition.

"My life is completely different," said Spangler. "I feel fantastic and this is only my half-way point."

Spangler said the lower weight has given her more energy and a healthier lifestyle.

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Healthier Cities
3:36 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

San Antonio and Chicago Employees Face-Off for $5 Million

City of San Antonio

The cities of San Antonio and Chicago are entering a competition to see which one has the healthiest city employees.  

It’s a battle to see which city can reduce the bulge, put out the cigarette, and create a healthy lifestyle among its workers. The two cities will compete for three months to win a grant from the American Beverage Association.

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Cancer research
10:31 am
Tue October 9, 2012

RSV Cells Show no Side Effects While Killing Cancerous Tumors

UT Health Science Center

A new treatment for cancer involves the use of a childhood virus that has been shown to kill cancer cells in mice. The virus is on its way to clinical trials in San Antonio and Houston.

This is a virus that Santanu Bose, Ph.D., at the UT Health Science Center-San Antonio has been researching for 15 years, and he came across its efficacy in killing cancer cells by accident.

"I never expected that we could use RSV for cancer," said Bose. "When we were conducting some experiments with this virus; we were using normal cells and at the same time, we were using cancer cells."

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Síclovía Success
9:42 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Síclovía Continues to Grow in Route and Attendance

Cyclists pedal down Broadway near Ninth st for Síclovía.
Joey Palacios TPR News

A record number of people flooded Broadway on Sunday for the city’s third Síclovía despite the coldest weather in months.

In its third incarnation, Síclovía attracted more than 45,000 people to play in the streets. At the opening ceremony in front of the Alamo, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro said initiatives like Síclovía provide more opportunities for physical activity.

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HIV/AIDS Testing
3:11 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

San Antonio AIDS Foundation Using Van to Provide Mobile Testing in Community

The San Antonio AIDS Foundation new mobile testing van holds two cubicles for rapid HIV testing. The artwork on the van was designed by local artist Ray "TattooedBoy“ Scarborough.
San Antonio Aids Foundation

After working with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation on a national testing tour two years ago, the San Antonio AIDS Foundation received a mobile testing unit for use in Bexar County. The van has two cubicles for rapid 20-minute HIV testing.

During the 2010 tour, Jill Rips, deputy executive director of the San Antonio AIDS Foundation, said they found a few positive results.

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Hyundai Hope Grant
2:23 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Greehey Children's Cancer Research Institute Awarded $250,000 Grant

Dr. Alex Bishop (middle in red tie), and Dr. Vivian Rebel (on Bishop's right) accept the $250,000 grant from Hyundai Motor America's Rick Dorn (on Bishop's left).
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Research at the UT Health Science Center Greehey Children's Cancer Research Institute is vital for families with children who have cancer, and is getting a financial boost through a Hyundai Hope Grant.

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SAISD Encourages Fitness
1:55 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

SAISD Encouraging Physical Fitness Through Zumba in School and Community

Loukisha Lewis leads a group of 38 women in Zumba at Rogers Elementary. The group previously used Edison High School across the street but moved to Rogers for the bigger space in the gym.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Encouraging residents to become fit and healthy has been a major goal for the city, and  San Antonio Independent School District is now joining in. The district is certifying each of its P.E. teachers in Zumba to promote a healthy lifestyle for students and to offer free classes to the community.

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