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Be Well Texas of UT Health San Antonio to host second annual Community Wellness Fair

By Steven Lee

Contact: Steven Lee, (210) 450-3823,

SAN ANTONIO, May 8, 2024 – Be Well Texas, a statewide substance use treatment initiative of UT Health San Antonio, will host its second annual Community Wellness Fair on Saturday, May 11, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Mission County Park 1 in San Antonio.

The free, family-friendly event will offer a variety of wellness activities, local resources, services and information to enhance the community’s health and well-being. State Rep. Elizabeth “Liz” Campos, District 119, will be the featured guest speaker.

Campos, as well as Jennifer Sharpe Potter, PhD, MPH, vice president for research at UT Health San Antonio and executive director of Be Well Texas; and Tara Karns-Wright, PhD, MS, senior director of Be Well Texas, will be available for interviewsDaniela Olmos, project manager at Be Well Texas, can provide Spanish-language interviews from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. the day of the event.

“By attending this event, our community can gain a deeper understanding of the impact substance use has on health, quality of life and relationships,” Karns-Wright said. “Be Well Texas will provide resources, and our staff will be on hand to answer questions and offer support. The whole community is invited, especially people dealing with substance use or mental health conditions.”

Mission County Park 1 is located at 6030 Padre Drive in San Antonio, 78214.

Scheduled Activities and Entertainment

11:30 a.m. – Welcome ceremonyJennifer Sharpe Potter
11:40 a.m. – Guest speaker, State Rep. Elizabeth  “Liz” Campos
Noon –
 Zumba, sponsored by instructor Robyn Tate
1 p.m. – HIIT workout, sponsored by AlfaFitness
2 p.m. – Group meditation, sponsored by BioThrive Wellness
2:30 p.m. – Door prizes

All-Day Activities

• Local community and wellness organizations with resources and information
• Pet therapy by Therapy Animals of San Antonio
• Food distribution by San Antonio Food Bank
• Overdose reversal training and naloxone (Narcan®) distribution
• Hygiene kit distribution
• Live music

Free Medical Screenings

• Substance use screenings by Be Well Texas
• Wellness health checks by UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing
• Vision screenings by Lions Sight Research Foundation
• HIV and STI testing by Alamo Area Resource Center
• Diabetic screenings by District 2-A2 Lions Clubs

All activities and screenings provided at no charge

Be Well Texas expands access to compassionate, evidence-based treatment for people who use substances and those with a substance use disorder.

It is part of UT Health San Antonio, a premier academic research center whose mission is to make lives better through excellence in education, research, health care and community engagement.

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