Pima County tackling health issues, starts with students - Tucson News Now

Pima County tackling health issues, starts with students

PIMA COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Health is in the spotlight for many students today, with a special event as Pima County Government continues its push for healthier citizens.  It's SWAT.

It stands for Student Wellness Advocacy Team.

It's a summit for middle school students all across Pima County, and it's happening right here today. 

They'll be learning more about nutrition, physical activity and tobacco use.  There is going to be 150 students from two dozen schools, in attendance, all of them have been working throughout the year to improve health on their campus.  The hope is they can bring back new information.  This is a big partnership between a lot of groups, including Pima County, as part of their ongoing effort to promote health and wellness.

Many may remember the county's expansive smoking ban earlier this year; plus the county wants to drop its private health insurance and become self-insured.

The county is realizing how expensive and unhealthy obesity is and wants to have healthier residents; they are starting today, hoping to get Pima County kids on the right track sooner rather than later.

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