Every year 658 people die across the country from overheating and as the summer heats up we are all at risk of feeling the effects. Texas, California and Arizona make up 40 percent of all heat-related deaths. What can we do about it? Who is at risk?
According to an aggregated study by the UT Health Science Center, people have a better chance of finding a fast food establishment than a supermarket in many Latin neighborhoods across the country.
Dr. Amelie Rivera is the director for health promotion research at the UT Health Science Center and said Latin and low income neighborhoods have about one third the number of supermarkets or grocery stores than others, but the more common bodegas, which are like a small market, are usually lacking in healthier options.
A lawmaker from the San Antonio area is pushing the Gov. Rick Perry to sign into a law a bill that prohibits public schools from selling sugary drinks.
Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, said he fought to get his own version of the bill approved for the past two sessions, hoping that a ban on sugary drinks at the state’s elementary and middle schools will help the Hispanic population turn the corner in the fight against obesity and diabetes.
What did pass was a companion bill, House Bill 217, which excluded high schools from the ban.
Texas ranks third in teen pregnancy nationwide and first in teen moms with multiple children. Even with the drop in teen pregnancy that the city has seen, what else can be done to empower teenage girls and address this life-changing issue?