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Style News Wire | 9/14/2009, 8:19 p.m.
The Houston Wellness Association will host a luncheon on September 24that Brady’s Landing honoringHouston’shealth and wellness trailblazersin the Hispanic community. ...

The Houston Wellness Association will host a luncheon on September 24that Brady’s Landing honoringHouston’shealth and wellness trailblazersin the Hispanic community. The luncheon willalso be a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The luncheon will not only spotlight five individualleaders who advocate health and wellness, butwillalsorecognize Houston’s Univision 45, an institutional honoree, which has taken on the responsibility of not only providing entertainment to its audience, but also informing and educating themabout the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

Theindividual honoreeshave held positionsas organizational directorsand founders, nutritionists, doctors and professorsin the Houston areawho have all greatly impacted Houston’s Hispanic community. In their lifetime of work, they have created and supported multiple family care initiatives and various community outreach programs. “Health and wellness does not only apply to individual health, but also to community health, and our honorees are trailblazersin that regard. They are very proactive when it comesto Hispanic wellness. Weareproud to acknowledgetheir effortsas a way of inspiring others to get more involved in health and wellness,” said JonathanLack, executive director of the Houston Wellness Association. The community is invited to attend this luncheon. Tickets are $35 for non- members and $25 for members. The Luncheon will be at Brady’s Landing (8505 Cypress Street) Thursday, September 24, 2009 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information and to register,visit HoustonWellness.org.

Honorees: Alicia Carmona Reyes is the Senior Vice President/Administrator of Community Health Programs for the Harris County Hospital District. Since 1979, Ms. Reyes has served at the Harris County Healthcare District doing a wide range of duties, from Head Nurse to Administrative Coordinator to Administrative Assistant. Ms. Reyes received her B.S. in Nursing, went on to USC to do graduate work as a Public Administrator, and then received her M.S. from Texas Women’s University. Currently, she is responsible for the administration and direction of the Community Health Program, which encompasses eleven comprehensive community-based health centers. The sites provide access to primary care services, including adult and pediatric services. On-site nutrition, social services, chaplaincy, screening services, and health education are provided on a scheduled basis. Dr. Rosa Tang Dr. Rosa Tangreceived her M.D. at C. Heredia University in Lima, Peru. She completed her medicine internship was at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Miami, Ophthalmology residency at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. and fellowship in Neuro-Ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She holds a Master's Degree in Public Health from the University of Texas’ School of Public Health, specializing in Health Promotion and Prevention.Neuro-Ophthalmology deals with diagnostically challenging cases. Dr. Tang examines patients with rheumatologic, toxic, oncologic, metabolic, endocrine, infectious, and other medical diseases. Dr. Tang is board certified in Ophthalmology.

Dr. Carlos VallbonaDr. Carlos Vallbona is a Distinguished Service Professor at the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Baylor College of Medicine as well as the Department of Family & Community Medicine and former Chairman. Also, he is Chief of Staff of the CommunityHealth Program of the Harris County Hospital District and serves as an adjunct professor of preventive medicine and a faculty associate with the Center for Health Promotion Research at the UT Health Science Center in Houston. A native of Barcelona, Spain,he received his M.D. in 1950 and completed his residency training in pediatrics at universities in Europe and the United States. Among his various other achievements and pursuits, Dr. Vallbona has collaborated with NASA in the study of cardiac function of astronauts before and during the Gemini space flights. He has held many positions and various study sections with the U.S.’s national medical groups, the National Institutes of Health and the National Center for Health Services Research.