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Free walk, health screenings make healthier living easy

Posted: Thursday, September 05, 2013 · Volume: XLVI · Issue: 18

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Free health screenings and a comfortable walk in the mall are just two reasons to come to the Salud at Pasito Walk. Presentations by Christopher Dyer, M.D., a faculty nephrologist from UT Medicine San Antonio, and San Antonio Healthy Heroes Alyssa and Makayla Esparza are also planned.
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Free health screenings and a comfortable walk in the mall are just two reasons to come to the Salud at Pasito Walk. Presentations by Christopher Dyer, M.D., a faculty nephrologist from UT Medicine San Antonio, and San Antonio Healthy Heroes Alyssa and Makayla Esparza are also planned.clear graphic

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Contact: Tyler Hughes, Salud al Pasito vice president, 469-556-5415

SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 4, 2013) — A medical student group from the UT Health Science Center San Antonio called Salud al Pasito is partnering with Wonderland of the Americas to host the group's fourth San Antonio Community Walk. The event will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Wonderland of the Americas, 4522 Fredericksburg Road.

Presentation by nephrologist
This free event will feature guest speakers Christopher Dyer, M.D., a faculty nephrologist at UT Medicine San Antonio, and San Antonio Healthy Heroes Alyssa and Makayla Esparza. Free health screenings will be available for participants. UT Medicine is the clinical practice of the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Salud al Pasito is under the auspices of the School of Medicine.

Small steps to good health
“Salud al Pasito is all about showing people fun, easy ways to improve their health,” said Lucia Nguyen, Salud al Pasito’s student president. “Keeping yourself active can positively impact your life both physically and mentally. Salud al Pasito concentrates on walking because it is one of the easiest ways for everyone to get active, and it has as many health benefits as running!”

Free health screenings
Salud al Pasito’s Community Walk is a chance to walk and talk with practicing doctors, nurses, students and other community members looking to lead a healthier lifestyle. Along with an indoor walking course at Wonderland of the Americas, participants can look forward to free health screenings and healthy-living information — including blood pressure, blood sugar and kidney function checks, and information about healthy eating and activity — thanks to the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio Student Health Center, the Texas Kidney Foundation and other local organizations.

Join a community walking group
Community walkers will also be able to sign up for one of the more than 110 walking groups in the San Antonio area through SAWalks! at the event.

Check-in, health screenings and guest speakers will be at the first-floor center stage at Wonderland of the Americas. Free water, healthy snacks, door prizes and more will be provided.

More information
To learn more or to register online, visit http://www.saludalpasito.org or call 210-562-5565.

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Salud al Pasito is a student organization founded and led by students of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Salud al Pasito, which roughly means “small steps toward better health,” organizes periodic “talk and walk” events to emphasize that simple steps and light activity can have a dramatic impact for personal health. These events aim to bring together walkers who are health care professionals, students and members of the community at large to get active and talk about healthy living.

Each Community Walk features a brief introduction from UT Medicine San Antonio faculty, health screenings (including blood pressure, blood sugar and BMI – body mass index), and other health-related booths for participants to learn more about steps they can take toward healthy living.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, one of the country’s leading health sciences universities, ranks in the top 3 percent of all institutions worldwide receiving National Institutes of Health funding. The university’s schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, health professions and graduate biomedical sciences have produced more than 29,000 graduates. The $736 million operating budget supports eight campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. For more information on the many ways “We make lives better®,” visit www.uthscsa.edu.

 
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