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Older adults preparing a healthy meal

Schooling adults on the best ways to lose weight and stay healthy

Categories: Diabetes  /  Heart Health  /  News  /  Research

For more than 20 years, a bilingual school health program known as Bienestar, the brainchild of Dr. Roberto Trevino, has been teaching elementary and middle school students throughout San Antonio and South Texas the skills to stay healthy and avoid the twin epidemics of obesity and diabetes. University Health System provided some early funding and support for the work. On Valentine’s Day, Dr. Trevino — director of the Social & Health Research Center in San Antonio — held a news conference at University Health System’s Texas Diabetes Institute to discuss a newly published study that took elements of his Bienestar program …Read More >

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Remember the moon landing? Then you REALLY need some exercise

Categories: Heart Health  /  News

Exercise. Love it or hate it, it’s been described by experts as the closest thing we have to a miracle drug — with so many health benefits confirmed by research that there’s no question that all of us should be working out in some form or another. That includes older adults. Regular exercise is especially important as we age. It improves heart health, maintains a healthy weight, keeps joints flexible and helps improve balance to reduce the risk of falls. But the benefits go beyond even that.  One study found that adults 75 years and older who exercised lived longer than those …Read More >

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Controlling leg cramps

Categories: News

They can strike while jogging, or sometimes in the middle of the night — for no apparent reason. A sudden, painful cramp seizes your lower leg, the muscle contracting into a knot. Cramps can occur when a muscle becomes tired from repeated activity and when there’s a fluid imbalance. Sometimes an illness or medication can cause them. To prevent cramps, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recommends: Do flexibility exercises before and after you work out to stretch the muscle groups most prone to cramping. Drink plenty of fluids, especially if you’re working out or it’s hot and humid. Unless …Read More >

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A pediatrician’s back-to-school A-B-Cs: academics, bedtime, chow (and playtime, too)

Categories: Blog  /  Children's Health  /  Wellness

Another summer is winding down, which means the kids will soon be headed back to school. It’s a hectic time for parents who have plenty to worry about, from school supplies and new clothes to vaccinations. As a pediatrician, my practice is pretty hectic too this time of year, as families fill the waiting room for back-to-school immunizations or sports physicals. But no matter how busy it gets, I always encourage parents to sit down and make plans for the upcoming school year BEFORE it starts. Some of the things I suggest they plan for might come as a surprise. …Read More >

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A personal trainer for your wrist

Categories: News  /  Technology  /  Wellness

It’s like they suddenly blossomed on wrists across America — those little rubbery bracelets with names like Fitbit and Jawbone. They’re digital fitness trackers — high-tech descendents of those little step-counting pedometers that were popular a few years back. But these devices contain sophisticated tools that measure a lot more than steps. While features between devices and brands vary, most measure the intensity of your workouts. Some monitor your heart rate and estimate your calorie needs — even the quality of your sleep. But mainly they take your own personal goals for weight loss and fitness, and help you track …Read More >

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A woman in pink attire does the upward dog yoga pose outside on a pink yoga mat

Fitness in the Park

Categories: Living Well

Has your New Year’s resolution to get more exercise fallen by the wayside? Need a little encouragement? One of the best-kept fitness secrets around is the city’s Fitness in the Parks program, which offers classes in everything from yoga to tennis to circuit training, in neighborhoods throughout the city. It’s a great way to find a walking or running group, if you like a little company with your workouts. Not exciting enough? How about kick boxing? Line dancing? Pickleball? There are classes for kids, too. Find a full listing of classes, locations and time here.

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