Westside residents grow in faith, fitness with UTSA’s Building a Healthy Temple

UTSA has partnered with local faith communities to offer Building a Healthy Temple, a program that aims at promoting spiritual and physical health among families, preventing and managing chronic disease, and building a culture of health through healthy eating and active living. Since 2012, Central Church of God has been one of its partners. José Daniel Montañez, pastor of the church, said incorporating lessons about health with faith and Scripture has been a regular practice ever since BHT has been established at the church. Throughout the years, UTSA, with funding from Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio,Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and the American Diabetes Association, has offered different BHT faith-based health promotion programs that focus on obesity prevention, cancer prevention, and diabetes self-management. The program currently serves more than 40 churches across the San Antonio area, including 11 on the South and West sides. This year the program will expand to more churches in Bexar County and the Rio Grande Valley.

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