Monday, February 10, 2014

A Salud America! Spotlight on Westwood Elementary Educator Samuel Karns

Westwood health fitness instructor and coach Samuel Karns is an educator who believes the opportunity to learn and empower one's self doesn't end with the close of the school day. The results of this belief?  A series of afterschool fitness clubs, an afterschool intermural sports program, a student-led school health advisory council (K-SHAC) for elementary-school students, an action based learning lab and a one-of-a-kind district-wide initiative to bring physical activity to sixth-graders are now in place for students in Spring Branch.

Recently, Salud! America, did a spotlight on Karns' innovative approach to introducing more exercise and sport related activities to keep his students moving after school. Click here to read the full story published by Salud! America >>

Salud America! The RWJF Research Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The program aims to educate researchers, decision-makers, community leaders, and the public in contributing toward healthier Latino communities and seeking environmental and policy solutions to the epidemic of Latino childhood obesity. The network is directed by the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

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1 comment :

  1. What a great story! I'd love to see more teachers, parents, students, and communities, involved in efforts like this! The Salud America! Growing Healthy Change platform is a great tool/resource for learning how to make change happen in Latino communities. Visit and register today @


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