"Our aim is to continue to develop evidence based health programs for children and families to prevent chronic diseases."

"Bienestar/Neema is a bilingual coordinated school health program that has been implemented in schools since 1997 and was developed more than 30 years ago by medical doctors, university professors, teachers, and parents. The Social and Health Research Center continues to innovate Bienestar/Neema's evidence based curriculum by integrating modern technology with the power of animation to enhance the learning experience of children. Bienestar/Neema in clinic trials, has shown to significantly improve the health of children."

"Mean fasting capillary glucose levels decreased in intervention[schools]."


Arch Pediat Adolsec Med. 2004;15:911-917

"The Adult Healthy Lifestyle Program is an educational-based Intensive behavior therapy curriculum aimed at preventing diabetes and obesity in adults. Goal-settling and self-monitoring are two key behavior components of the program that contains 22 lessons. The curriculum can be used in community centers, wellness worksites, and physician practices."

"The Bienestar program showed that the weight of participants decreased as they attended more sessions."


Am J Prev Med 2018;54():497-502

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is a CDC accredited yearlong healthy lifestyle journey.

There are 16-weekly 1-hour sessions of core classes followed by monthly maintenance sessions for a combined duration of one year. Participants with prediabetes who take part in a structured lifestyle change program can cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% (71% for people over 60 years old).







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What People Say

"What you guys [Bienestar] do here, what you do for us...it's so important because no one else is here to do it... I have been involved with the program since it started and I think it's a great curriculum."

— Japhet Elementary, San Antonio Independent School District

What People Say

"The kids are so much more self-conscious now about the choices they make. One student will get chocolate milk for breakfast and the other kids will remind him he needs to get white milk at lunch. That kind of awareness wasn't around before the program."


— Brewer Elementary, SAISD

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