The Social & Health Research Center

Striving to Prevent Obesity, Diabetes and Heart Disease by
Promoting Healthy Lifestyles



The Social & Health Research Center (SAHRC) is a non-profit center committed to the social and health well-being of populations at-risk. SAHRC works to improve health behaviors with innovative and evidence-based health programs to control obesity and associated chronic disease and to design better instruments to evaluate program effectiveness. 


SAHRC operates the Bienestar/Neema pre-kindergarten through 8th grade coordinated school health programs and the BuenaVida Healthy Lifestyle Advocacy program in primary care clinics. The Bienestar/Neema school health program components consist of structured curriculums aimed at the four environments that influence children’s health behaviors—home, classroom, gym, and school food service.

Child Adult Diabetes Prevention Program
BieneStar Adult Healthy Lifestyle Program

BieneStar Adult Healthy Lifestyle Program is an educational-based, behavioral therapy, diabetes prevention program in partnership with the CDC Diabetes Prevention Program. We firmly believe that when our clients are more educated about nutrition and health, they are more likely to make healthier decisions for themselves and their families.  Education and self-monitoring are two key components of our program.  BieneStar Adult Healthy Lifestyle Program requires our clients to commit themselves to the program for one full year to prevent disease and promote health.



"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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