Health & Fitness
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.
- The State of Childhood Obesity provides interactive data and insights about policies and programs to help prevent obesity.
- To understand the impact hunger has on health, education, and the economy, visit Feeding America, a national network of food banks.
- Because we know race and geography determine people’s health outcomes, we must also pay close attention to neighborhoods, environment, transportation, and education when developing policies or programs that address health. For more information, the 2019 Bexar County & Atascosa County Community Health Needs Assessment Report provides a comprehensive look at health in our region.
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While we are seeing a reduction in the teen birth rate across race/ethnicities, when the total teen birth rate is disaggregated by race/ethnicity we see a wide gap persists between white teens and teen girls of color, particularly Hispanic teens. In 2016, the birth rate of Hispanic adolescent females ages 15-17 (20.7 births per 1,000 adolescent females) was three times higher than white teen girls (7.2) and higher than Black teen girls (12.5). While San Antonio has seen progress in teen birth rate over the years, the disaggregated data shows the need for interventions to better meet the needs of teenage girls of color.
Further, tracking teen pregnancy data in the aggregate for age 15-19 also hides the racial/ethnic disparities among younger teens versus older teens. In 2016, 70% of all teen births occurred to 18- to 19-year-olds. Older teen birth rates are also higher among Hispanic (76.3 births per 1,000 adolescent females) and Black teens (61.7) than white teens (25.2).