Dr. Eduardo Sanchez has devoted himself to public health for most of his medical career. “I’m committed to doing what I can to improve the health of the communities I’m in, the family I’m a part of, the state I live in, the country, and the whole world,” he says . As keynote speaker at the Texas Health Champion award ceremony, Dr. Sanchez will address one of the most challenging public health issues facing America: childhood obesity.
Dr. Sanchez began his work as a public health officer for Austin-Travis County Health and Human Services Department. Furthering his love of public health, he became the Texas Health Commissioner and then as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. Today he serves as Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the American Heart Association (AHA), which works to improve the cardiac health of the American public.
Voices for Healthy Kids”. His keynote speech, entitled “Childhood Obesity in Texas: Where Are We Now?,” will draw upon his considerable experience fighting obesity at local, state, and national levels.
As Dr. Sanchez says, “This is a marathon. When you get to your first water station, you should be proud you got there, but there’s some more steps to be taken to reach the finish line.” Dr. Sanchez’s speech will outline the steps necessary to get there.
Texas-based grocery store H-E-B and Dr. Bill Squires are the 2013 Texas Health Champions. The awards will be presented at the 6th Annual Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony on Thursday, September 12th in Austin. The event aims to inspire the community to action and enliven the discussion on next steps in solving the obesity crisis. The award ceremony will include a keynote address from Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, Deputy Chief Medical Officer of American Heart Association, and will be preceded by a resource fair and networking reception (heavy hors d'oeuvres will be provided).
Jessica Bickel-Barlow just completed her sophomore year at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She is pursuing a double major in Radio, Television, Film (RTVF) and English Literature and a minor in Theater. This summer she has been keeping busy with internships at Austin Film Festival and Badgerdog Creative Writing Camp as well as with her work in the Communications Department at the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living.
1. Parent Earth, Eduardo Sanchez: Parent Earth Profile, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GLSiODCu3E
2. be smart. be well. Childhood Obesity: Are We Winning?, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiaRkLXnrKo