4th Annual Salud America! Summit held in San Antonio May 15-17
Posted on 06/10/2013

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and New York Assemblyman Felix Ortiz gave keynote speeches urging local leaders and national stakeholders to work together to reduce childhood obesity in the Latino community. Other speakers covered diverse topics ranging from marketing to community engagement. The conference focused on the importance of understanding Hispanic cultural perceptions of food, health and nutrition in order to successfully market healthy living and inspire behavior changes.

Multiple speakers asked that summit attendees realize that access to education and poverty are public health issues and can be related to obesity.  They reminded attendees to pursue a comprehensive, multi-layered approach to obesity intervention and prevention.  George Flores with the California Endowment, asked people to dream big and envision a Health Peace Corp/AmeriCorp where youth could work through college as long as they engaged in public health activities.  Other guest speakers included Eduardo Sanchez, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, American Heart Association; Monica Hobbs, Project Director, YMCA; Kate Rogers, Vice President, Corporate Communication and Engagement, HEB; John Govea, Senior Program Officer, RWJF Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and many others.


The conference modeled “movement in the workplace” by inserting movement throughout the day with standing ovations before and after every guest speaker, instant recess videos and tai-chi, yoga and walking tours.  More information on Salud America!