April 22, 2017

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The “Healthy Families, Healthy Communities Expo” made its way to all six Corpus Christi Independent School District high schools for families in the Coastal Bend area. The expo, a community event hosted by Texas A&M Healthy South Texas in conjunction with CCISD, provided education, demonstrations and information about lifestyle changes to improve the well-being and health outcomes of more than 550 people in attendance.

Many vendors from area organizations provided resources in wellness, nutrition, physical activity, health education and more. More than 100 free health screenings for diabetes, kidney disease, cholesterol, blood pressure, weight, BMI and percent body fat were provided by the Texas A&M Coastal Bend Health Education Center.

The free events, hosted by Healthy South Texas, an unprecedented effort to promote preventive health across the region, encouraged participants to sign up for programs that focus on reducing the highest impact diseases and their consequences, including diabetes, asthma and infectious disease.

“Our goal is to provide as many families as we can with support, motivation, resources and knowledge that encourages them to take control of their health and serve as an example for future generations,” said Starr Flores, regional director of Healthy South Texas and director of the Coastal Bend Health Education Center. “Healthy behaviors picked up in the early years can develop into lifelong habits. That means healthy kids today will be strong, productive adults down the road. That’s a world we can all look forward to for our kids and grandkids.”

The expos were held at Miller, Moody, Ray, King, Carroll and Veterans Memorial high schools from February through April.

-Lindsey Hendrix, Les D. Cockrell