CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center has received a grant to fund an array of health education programs, ranging from continuance of free diabetes education classes to the start of a new nutrition program for after-school children. The Garcia Arts & Education Center is affiliated with the College of Education at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
The $5,000 grant awarded to the Center on November 3 from Superior HealthPlan will provide valuable funding for numerous health education programs. This includes future community health fairs held by the Garcia Center, as well as monies to be applied toward the purchase of materials, food and supplies, nutritional snacks and food demonstrations, and the hiring of a qualified instructor. In addition, the funds provided 25 bicycles to children of low-income families during the Garcia Center’s Fall Community Health Fair held on November 14 to promote physical health and combat obesity.“These health education classes will have a huge impact on our families and students by teaching healthier ways to eat, exercise, and, most importantly, how to monitor their own health conditions to avoid more serious problems in the future,” said Andrea Elizondo, Director of the Garcia Center. “Superior HealthPlan continues to be one of our major supporters for health programs at the Center. Without their help, we would not be able to offer these classes or hold any of our new programs.”