Regional Campus in Laredo to focus on obesity, diabetes

Uthscsa.edu: Monday, July 23, 2012 · Volume: XLV · Issue: 15
LAREDO (June 28, 2012) — Nearly half of adults in the Texas border region are obese and 30 percent have diabetes. With many teens already overweight or obese, the trend continues to go up.

That is why the Regional Campus of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio has a new focus on addressing these major health issues through research, education and community engagement.

UT System initiative
The UT Health Science Center San Antonio and its Regional Campus are participating in a new University of Texas System initiative — the South Texas Border Community Obesity and Diabetes Program.

This multi-institutional program is led by Joe McCormick, M.D., vice president for South Texas Programs at the Health Science Center and regional dean of the UT Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health in Brownsville.

Additional campuses participating in the initiative are the UT Health Science Center’s Regional Academic Health Center campuses in Edinburg and Harlingen, UT Brownsville, UT Pan American and Texas A&M International University. read more