Binacional Alliance to Fight Childhood Obesity

In the meeting with medical institutions and health associations, Mayor Jorge Astiazarán ratified the actions of the city government to address the problem of overweight students in municipal schools.

Tijuana, BC, on October 27, 2014.- "The health of Tijuana is a priority for the city government, however, the fact that Baja California is the state with the highest rate of childhood obesity in the country requires us to create strategies to combat this problem, "noted this morning, the mayor, Jorge Astiazarán Orci, during the meeting with representatives of various medical institutions.

Many participated in the event –which took place at Palacio Municipal (City Hall) ,members of the University of California, San Diego- School of Medicine; Commission on US-Mexico Border Health, Section Mexico (BHC); and members of Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) Global Foundation. The purpose of the meeting was to present action plans where Tijuana and San Diego collaborate to promote children's health, and this way tackle obesity and sedentary lifestyles in children.

Fight Childhood Obesity

During the meeting, Mayor Jorge Astiazarán endorsed the efforts of the City to implement the program 'Unidos Por Una Tijuana Saludable' (United For a Healthy Tijuana) , including encouraging students in municipal schools to engage in physical activity, consumption of foods that are not harmful to health, as well as lectures and workshops to parents and teachers about nutrition.

In this regard, the Municipal Health Director, Luis Alonso Villegas Cuervo said that among the actions the local government has done to prevent nutritional issues in children are, the regulation of street vendors in schools and incorporating recreational dynamics in the classroom and during recess.

 In a presentation, the representative of CATCH, Andrew Springer and Michelle Zive with UC San Diego- Center for Community Health, said that working with Tijuana for a common goal is very important, given that San Diego is also working to address childhood obesity, and can only be achieved when action plans are shared with the goal to improve them.

Finally, the Executive Secretary of the CSFMEU, Gudelia Rangel explained that the Commission will work on evaluating the programs implemented at both locations, to detect the ways in which projects can be adapted and optimized.

The meeting was also attended by the Municipal Secretary of Social Development, Javier Camarena Salinas; Municipal Health Deputy Adrian Murillo Cuevas; CATCH Executive Director, Duncan Van Housen; Principal Investigator for UC San Diego-Center for Community Health, Michelle Zive; Executive Director of the Center for Community Health, Blanca Melendez; Binational Projects Coordinator Baja California-California CSFMEU, Fatima Muñoz, among others.