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But there’s good news.
Attending Síclovía on Sept. 29, 2013, may open the door to a healthier future for families across the city, according to a new study.
More than half of Síclovía attendees say they improved their physical activity behaviors after attending the event, according to the preliminary findings of a study presented this afternoon at a press conference by representatives of the YMCA of Greater San Antonio and the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
“Since the inception of Síclovía, participants have shared with us how the event encouraged them to adopt a healthier lifestyle,” says Sandy Morander of the YMCA of Greater San Antonio. “We are thrilled that this study confirms we are having an impact on a significant number of attendees. My hope is that on September 29 that even more families come out to play in the street and see that physical activity can be fun.”
The study was conducted during San Antonio’s last Síclovía event on April 7, 2013, and included surveys from 373 participants.
- 53% of respondents reported they changed their physical activity level after attending a Síclovía event.
- 48% of respondents reported they tried a new activity at the event.
- 43% of respondents reported they would not have been physically active the day of Síclovía had it not been for the event.
- 87% of people came to the event with their family and/or friends.
“We were excited to find that Síclovía is a family-oriented event that motivated non-active people to get off the couch and try new activities that they otherwise might have missed, and also sparked people to adopt healthier behaviors after the event, too,” said Dr. Deborah Parra-Medina, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the IHPR at the UT Health Science Center. “Given that physical activity is scientifically proven to improve health and reduce the risk of disease, our results clearly demonstrate this event plays a role in improving San Antonio’s health.”
Síclovía is a free event hosted twice a year by the YMCA of Greater San Antonio.
At the event, a major street (Broadway between Lion’s Field Park and Alamo Plaza) is closed to vehicular traffic for several hours to provide a safe, open space to “play in the street.” Participants walk, run bike and skate through the closed street, stopping at “reclovias” along the way that provide a variety of activities, including exercise demonstrations, a skate park, a pet area and a healthy food area.
The next Síclovía will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 29, 2013, on Broadway.
For more information, go here.
Dr. Deborah Parra-Medina, a professor at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, is promoting the HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer in South Texas.
Her project, Entre Madre e Hija, trains peer educators to provide outreach and education about HPV—the virus that causes cervical cancer—and navigation support to both mothers and daughters (ages 11-17) who decide to receive the HPV vaccine.
The peer educators have reached more than 1,800 women so far.
“Our outreach efforts have been very successful,” Dr. Parra-Medina said. “We have found many young girls that have initiated the vaccine but have not completed the three-dose series. As a result, our efforts now include a focus on increasing compliance with the 3 dose series as well.”
IHPR researchers Drs. Daisy Morales Campos and Cynthia Mojica are co-investigators on Entre Madres. The project is funded by the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas.
Find out more in this video.