Health & Fitness


In 2020, San Antonio residents are among the healthiest in the country.

San Antonio promotes well-being by providing healthy and affordable food choices, convenient access to green spaces and recreational facilities, and a robust network of physical and mental healthcare designed to eliminate existing health disparities in the community.

Overview

Health is a complex issue, and we need a combination of community investment, public policy, and community engagement around health improvements to continue improving the overall health of our community. 

Support

Corporations can help also move the needle by investing time and money in efforts that improve health education, policy, and care. In 2014, Humana convened clinical and community leaders to identify barriers to health and then developed a strategy to help break down those barriers. In 2017, Humana, in partnership with the ADA and the San Antonio Health Advisory Board Subcommittee members, plans to launchits online diabetes resource guide, a comprehensive list of free or low-cost diabetes resources and programs in San Antonio. They’ll continue to convene and collaborate with San Antonio leaders to align efforts, with a goal of improving community health 20% by 2020.  Humana also encourages associates to give back to health and fitness organizations, contributing nearly 5,000 volunteer hours in 2016 and supporting several SA2020 Partners.  To offer more opportunities for San Antonians to get active, Humana sponsors both the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and the San Antonio Sports Corporate Cup. Additionally, Humana encourages their associates to be a part of these great events, either as participants or volunteers. When companies like Humana further their impact by committing to philanthropy and volunteerism, we're more likely to reach our shared goals. 

Reduce Obesity

On Track Flat/Getting Worse

Once ranked the second most obese city in the US, San Antonio saw decades of increasing obesity rates followed by periods of fluctuation. Currently, our adult obesity rate is flat after a significant reduction in 2012 and an increase in the following years. These fluctuations from year to year point to the need to continue to make both behavioral and systemic changes in our policies and infrastructure in order to make lasting change. In order to minimize the lag between data collection and report, the data source for this indicator has been changed to Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Because Texas DSHS uses a different survey to assess this indicator than San Antonio Metro Health, the previously reported data have been updated to allow for year-to-year comparison. Progress towards meeting the 2020 goal to reduce obesity in San Antonio has varied year-to-year. As of 2015, San Antonio is FLAT/GETTING WORSE. However, it should be noted that the margins of error associated with these estimates make interpretation difficult. 

Call to Action: 

  • Learn more about SA2020 health & fitness partners, then give your time, talent, energy, or dollars to one (or more).
  • Participate in and support programs that keep kids active, including children with physical, mental, and emotional challenges, and focused on building discipline in all aspects of life.
  • Use our parks and participate in activities that involve exercise.
  • Form and support groups that promote creativity and movement, such as dance.
  • Support and eat at establishments and restaurants that offer healthy food choices.
  • Make sure your company has a health plan for employees.
  • Include mental health as an integral part of health and fitness.
  • Drink more water.
  • Eat more vegetables.
  • Become a Student Ambassador for the Mayor’s Fitness Council.

 

Updated December 2016

 
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