Why the difference?

Before our departure for South Texas, I was watching Food Inc. with a friend of mine and just as a group of overweight Californians flashed across the screen, my friend interjected with, “Well, it’s obvious why there are so many overweight people there, so many of them are Hispanic—it’s genetic.” As you can imagine, my…

First Impressions of a South Texas Community

As the end of day two of the PHAST Texas trip is coming to a close, I have begun to reflect on my initial impressions of the South Texan community.  Prior to arrival in Texas, I was prepared to see a variety of public health problems in the area. Cameron County is not only one…

The Not So Blue Delta Blues

In public health, we often talk about Mississippi – Mississippi’s obesity rate, Mississippi’s STD rates.   Mississippi consistently ranks among the lowest for many health indicators.  And, many Mississippians are aware of these poor health indicators.   As one resident told me, “I don’t have to study the numbers, I see the people.” However, there are many…