Eva Lizette Garcia

As a city planner, Eva has had the privilege of working on projects and programs that promote healthy living and enhance access to outdoor recreation through an active transportation network. Her work also aims to create a regional active transportation network to connect the region’s natural, cultural, and historical resources. This work is important to her because the communities in Cameron County are challenged by the prevalence of health issues related to inactivity. Most notably, one in three residents is diagnosed with diabetes and 88 percent of the population is considered overweight or obese. The area is regularly cited as one of the poorest metro areas in the United States, with 34 percent of residents living below the poverty level. Additionally, there is a lack of awareness of the area’s extensive outdoor attractions that range from historical battlefield sites, sandy beaches, birding centers, and natural waterways.  To address these challenges, she has played an active role in a multi-year, multi-faceted active living outreach program. She works on building the infrastructure, improving policies, engaging the public, education outreach, managing grants, and partnership opportunities.

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