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Written by CharlotteAnne Lucas on Oct 26, 2010
You'll notice a number of stories on our site about how the streets of San Antonio can be friendlier, safer, more "walkable" and just plain healthier.Healthier streets mean healthier people.Make no mistake about it - we have a problem. Just look at this map of childhood obesity in San Antonio:What is it about this place where we live that causes so many children and adults to be so overweight and get the ensuing diseases, such as diabetes?
Written by jj on Oct 26, 2010
Plants were used in the healing practices of ancient civilizations all over the world.The communities of Mesoamerica and the Southern United States were no exception. Medicinal plants were cultivated in gardens and studied by community doctors. Basic knowledge of herbal medicine was common, as nearly every family grew its own herbs and vegetables.Massage therapists, chiropractors and midwives also had their place in these ancient communities and administered medicinal plants for numerous ailments. However, this vast knowledge is not as well known today.
Written by MarisaCG on Oct 22, 2010
Mom and pop stores used to dot neighborhoods on the West Side, but many have been forced to close because they can’t compete with large corporate chains.When small stores close, the whole neighborhood suffers. Streets are not as safe, sidewalks and parks deteriorate, children and residents stay inside, missing out on exercise, socializing and eating healthier foods.Places that have thriving family businesses, on the other hand, have fun and are healthier. It’s an economic benefit and a rich cultural experience as well.
Written by sandra.guzman on Oct 07, 2010
Here on the West Side, some of our community recreation areas do not have covered or shaded areas to block the sun.The importance of this matter should be heard now since our children are exposed to these rays of sun that can trigger heat stroke and lead to skin cancer.
Written by Susana on Oct 06, 2010
From lead paint in old houses to teen pregnancies, diabetes, obesity, lack of health care, smoking and drinking, East Side residents shared health concerns affecting the well-being of their community. In a unique public forum at the Claude Black Community Center, neighbors formed small discussion groups to focus on matters close to their hearts, sharing them with health care advocates in the hopes to bring about change.