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Texas A&M System Launching Program to Reduce Preventable Diseases

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) - Texas A&M announced Tuesday that it is launching a pilot program aimed at reducing preventable diseases in South Texas by 25-percent by the year 2025.

The chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, John Sharp, was joined by other South Texas leaders for the announcement at the Texas State Aquarium on Tuesday. The 10-year commitment will concentrate on 26 counties from the Rio Grande Valley to Victoria.

"On a state level, we see more and more dollars put into health care that could be put into other things," Sharp said. "If we can prevent some of those diseases, if you can for a dollar save a thousand dollars tomorrow, that's good for the state as well."

"It's a huge task, and it's a hard task," said Dr. Brett Giroir, CEO of the Texas A&M Health Science Center. "If you remember in 1962, President Kennedy didn't say we are going to think about potentially finding out how to get to the moon. He said we're going to get to the moon by the end of the decade. I think if you set the goal right, it gets everyone in the mindset of achievement, and that's what we are going to do."

They are focusing on diabetes, asthma and infectious diseases. They say the overriding goal is to create healthier lives through lifestyle changes and better eating habits.