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$5 million grant expands
anti-diabetes school program to Laredo


March 2007

The National Institutes of Health has provided $5 million in funding to expand the school-based diabetes prevention program "Proyecto Bienestar" to Laredo. The Proyecto Bienestar-Laredo (the Laredo Well-Being Project), which already tested successfully in San Antonio schools, is offered by the Health Science Center and the Social and Health Research Center in San Antonio in conjunction with the Laredo and United school districts, the Laredo Health Department and U.T. San Antonio.

"This is the second-largest school-based diabetes prevention program in the country, and our goal is to substantially reduce type 2 diabetes among Laredo’s children," said lead investigator Roberto P. Trevino, M.D., a pediatrics faculty member at the Health Science Center and director of the Social and Health Research Center. Dr. Trevino and colleagues hope to expand to many more U.S. cities. Laredo is the current focus.

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