Roadrunner Diabetes Screening and Education Project

The University of Texas at San Antonio

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The Roadrunner Diabetes Screening and Education Project (Roadrunner DSE Project) is a community-based health promotion program that provides free diabetes screening and prevention education in underserved and economically disadvantaged communities in San Antonio and South Texas. Currently over a quarter (8 millions) of the Americans with diabetes do not know they have the disease, and nearly one-third of the American have pre-diabetes. Low-income and minority adults are 50% more likely to develop diabetes compared to the rest of the American adults. The goals of the Roadrunner DSE Project are to increase the awareness and knowledge of diabetes and pre-diabetes and to promote a healthy lifestyle for the prevention of diabetes. The Roadrunner DSE Project is designed following the guidelines of the multiple-risk-factor based type 2 diabetes screening and education recommended by the American Diabetes Association and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. In collaboration with our community partners, the UTSA Community Health Ambassadors and Community Health Workers will jointly implement the project with funding from the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation and the Firstmark Credit Union starting in Fall 2015. Faculty in the Department of Kinesiology, Health and Nutrition will provide training to the project staff and supervise and monitor the implementation of the project. The Roadrunner DSE Project has the following components:

  • Community screening events. Multiple risk-factor based screening (glucose/HbA1c, body weight, and blood pressure) will be provided at no cost to residents at selected community locations. The UTSA's Community Health Ambassadors and Community Health Workers will conduct the screening, supported by UTSA Mobile Health Lab. A brief counseling will be provided to participants to explain the screening results and make appropriate referrals for additional health care/services and to engage the community residents in making health behavioral changes.
  • Referrals to diabetes prevention and management programs. There are several existing programs that provide diabetes prevention and management education in San Antonio. The participants from the community screening will be referred to one of the programs based on their needs: 1) YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program for adults with pre-diabetes by YMCA of Greater San Antonio; 2) Y Living Program (a family-based lifestyle intervention program focusing on healthy eating and physical activity at various YMCA locations in San Antonio) by YMCA of Greater San Antonio; or 3) Stanford Diabetes Self-Management Program for adults with diabetes by San Antonio Metro Health.
  • Healthy Road Series-Health Education Classes. The Community Health Workers assisted by the Community Health Ambassadors will teach a series of six health classes on diabetes risks, healthy eating, physical activity, mental health, etc. at selected community locations.

Please contract Zenong Yin, PhD (210-458-5650 or for more information.

Languages Offered:

English, Spanish

Time(s) of Day Offered:

Daytime, Weekday, Weekend

Program Setting:


Service Area(s):

Downtown, Northeast, East, Southeast, South, Southwest, West

Target Age(s):

  • Adults (21-55)
  • Seniors (55+)

Diabetes Focus:

  • Pre-Diabetes
  • Type 2 Diabetes


  • Diabetes 101
  • Healthy Eating
  • Exercise for Strength and Energy
  • Setting Goals
  • Health Insurance
  • Depression
  • Stress

Program Type/Format:

  • Group Education Series
  • Online-By Mail
  • Individual Nutrition Consultation
  • Individual Fitness Consultation
  • Diabetes Prevention and Self-Management


  • Glucose
  • Blood Pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • A1c
  • HDL
  • Triglycerides


1 UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249






Zenong Yin

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