#SaludTues Tweetchat: “Let’s talk About Ovarian Cancer for National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month”

 As many as 20,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year–unfortunately, many don’t catch it in time.

One of the difficulties with diagnosing ovarian cancer is the lack of  symptoms or very mild ones.#SaludTues (21)

To raise awareness September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

Join our weekly #SaludTues tweetchat 1 p.m. ET we will discuss solutions and ways to raise awareness.

  • WHAT: #SaludTuesTweetchat: “Let’s talk About Ovarian Cancer for National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month”
  • DATE: Tuesday, September 08, 2015
  • TIME: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT)
  • WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues
  • HOST: @SaludToday
  • CO-HOSTS: University of Colorado Cancer Center (@CUCancerCenter), National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (@NOCC_National)

#SaludTues is a weekly Tweetchat about Latino health at 12p CST/1p ET every Tuesday and hosted by@SaludToday, the Latino health social media campaign for the team at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.


Study: Consumption of Sugary Beverages Affects Kids’ Cholesterol Levels

Consumption of sugary beverages can affect cholesterol levels in children, according to a new study, Time Magazine reports.

Among Latino children the consumption of soda and other sugary beverages is above average.

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Photo Credit: Time Magazine

The study led by Maria Van Rompay from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, “decided to focus on children 8-15-specifically the effect soda had on their cholesterol.”

The team of researchers analyzed data from a large study involving 700 children who answered questions about what they ate; and collected blood sample at the beginning and a year after.

The team found children “consuming more sugared drinks had higher levels of triglycerides, which are linked to a higher risk of heart disease.”  But children, reducing their intake of sugared drinks by one serving “showed higher levels of HDL, the good cholesterol that can protect against heart problems.”

“Dietary intake is one of the modifiable factors that can be targeted in helping to prevent disease,” Van Rompay says. “So educating children about sugar-sweetened beverages and changing the amount they drink is something that feels manageable and can be done to improve the health status of our children.”

Important Dates for Health Insurance Marketplace (Obamacare) Enrollment

Open enrollment for Obamacare opens soon. According to data from the CDC 30.4 percent of Latinos under 65 years old lack health insurance.

Signing up during the enrollment period ensures you and your family members are protected in 2016.iStock_000034391240_Small

Here are some key dates to keep in mind:

November 1, 2015

Open enrollment starts-first day you can enroll in a 2016 Marketplace plan

December 31, 2015

Health insurance coverage ends for 2015

January 1, 2016

First date 2016 coverage can start

January 31, 2016

2016 open enrollment ends


For more information visit here.

Latinos: Hablemos sobre el VIH

Actualmente en los Estados Unidos 220,000 Hispanos viven con VIH y si las tendencias actuales continúan se estima que 1 de cada 36 hombres latinos y 1 de cada 106 mujeres latinas será diagnosticada con VIH durante su vida.spanish_OneConversation_CampaignMaterials_Pandora_500x500

Los jóvenes entre 13-24 años están aun a un más alto riesgo. Este grupo represento el 26 por ciento de nuevas infecciones de VIH en el país.

Entre los jóvenes homosexuales y bisexuales el número de nuevas infecciones por VIH incremento en un 22 por ciento.

Una encuesta del 2013 encontró que el 34 por ciento de estudiantes de preparatoria quienes reportaron actividad sexual tres meses antes de la encuesta encontró que el 41 por ciento no uso condón.

Para reducir el nuero de nuevas infecciones de VIH en la comunidad latina el Centro de prevencion de enfermedades, CDC por sus siglas en inglés, ha lanzado la campaña “Podemos Detener el VIH una Conversación a la Vez.” Esta campaña es bilingüe e invita a la comunidad latina a hablar abiertamente sobre el VIH/Sida con la familia, amigos, parejas y la comunidad.

Entérate más sobre esta campaña aquí.

A Pop Quiz that Can Save Your Adolescent Child’s Life

What’s the most common sexually transmitted infection? What can cause genital warts or cervical, penis, and anus cancer? What can be prevented with a simple vaccine?

Answer: HPV (the human papillomavirus).iStock_000045535670_Small

That’s why a new program is educating people about HPV and helping them make and remember HPV vaccination appointments for girls and boys ages 11-17 in South Texas.

The program, called Entre Familia, uses promotoras—trained community health workers—to deliver education and services, led by researchers at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio in partnership with Nuestra Clínica del Valle in South Texas and the Colonias Program at Texas A&M University.

Entre Familia raises awareness about the importance of the HPV vaccine and seeks to increase the numbers of youth in South Texas who start and complete the three-dose HPV vaccine in a region of South Texas that faces a high burden of cervical and other cancers,” said Dr. Daisy Morales-Campos, an IHPR researcher who directs the program with researcher Dr. Deborah-Parra-Medina and project coordinator Vicky Morales.

Read the Entre Familia program’s flyer about HPV and the HPV vaccine in English or Spanish.

To learn about the program, go here.

“We think Entre Familia will go a long way in demystifying just what HPV is and what the HPV vaccine can do to protect girls and boys,” Morales-Campos said.

10 Easy Ways to Save for Retirement

When it comes to retirement surveys Latinos often fail.

Planning for retirement is not an easy task, but 54 percent of Latinos said they felt “not very” or “not at all” prepared, compared to 48 percent of Whites, according to an ING survey.

The study also found that a hefty 57 percent of Latinos have never calculated how much money they will need to maintain their current living standards during retirement and 70 percent do not have a retirement plan.

Experts recommend to start saving as early as possible—even if you’re past your 40s.

What else should you do?

See the top 10 easy ways to start saving for retirement and learn more about the Saving Matters campaign by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Manual para padres primerizos

Ser madre primeriza no es nada fácil pero tampoco lo es ser padre primerizo.

¿ Como se cambia un pañal? ¿ Cuál es la forma correcta de cargar a un bebe? Son algunas  de las preguntas que quizás estén pasando por tu mente.

Ningún padre nació sabiendo cómo ser el mejor papa del mundo, pero aquí te damas una ayudadita con este manual creado por El departamento de salud de Texas.

i Estúdialo y práctica lo aprendido para que cuando nazca tu bebe ya seas  todo un experto !


Making Awesome Changes: Why is Breastfeeding So Important?

breastfeedingDid you know breastfeeding for A year can reduce obesity by 47% in Latino kids?

However, Latina moms are more likely to stop breastfeeding after one month and supplement with formula, thus benefits of exclusive breastfeeding, which can also help intestinal immune-system development, studies show.

That’s why, for Breastfeeding Awareness Month (August), the “Making Awesome Changes” TV series, which partners KSAT-TV and Salud America! to feature people and groups who are pushing for healthy changes, talked with health advocates like Dr. Alice Gong of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio to urge Latina moms to start and continue to breastfeed.

“We have gotten away from having aunts and grandmas and sisters that know about breastfeeding, so if you can’t do it, you need to get help,” Gong told KSAT.”

making awesome changesSalud America!, a Latino childhood obesity research network funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and led by the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, develops Salud Heroes stories to teach people the steps that go into healthy changes and to inspire more change.

KSAT-TV has featured these other Salud Heroes:

Cecil Whisenton, a Salud America! Salud Hero, helped bring healthy vending machines to schools (KSAT-TV video).

Cesar Valdillez, aSalud America! Salud Hero, helped start a community garden (KSAT-TV video).

Dante Jones, a Salud America! Salud Hero, started a youth bike club (KSAT-TV video).

Michaelie Love, a Salud America! Salud Hero, helped bring a school breakfast cart with healthy options (KSAT-TV video).

Stay tuned for more stories from Salud America! and KSAT-TV!

#SaludTues Tweetchat 1p ET 9/1/15: “Why Health is Cool for Back to School”

With the growing percentage of Latino students, schools are an important environment to support of a culture of health.  Research shows that Latino children are exposed to and consume more unhealthy meals and snacks than non-Latino students, partially because schools with a higher proportion of Latino students tend to have weaker policies regarding access to competitive foods in schools.  Additionally, research shows that Latino students engage in less physical activity both in and out of school compared to their peers, partially because schools with a higher proportion of Latino students tend to offer less time for physical activity.Why Health is Cool for Back to School (2)

Several barriers to physical activity and nutritious food still exist within Latino communities, both in and out of schools.  It is important for parents and schools to work together to ensure that local, state, and national physical activity and nutrition standards eliminate these barriers in schools.  When parents and schools work together to make the healthy the easy choice, they support a culture of health to make health cool for their children.

Join #SaludTues on September 1, 2015 to tweet about how parents and schools can create safe spaces for Latino children to be physically active outside of regular school hours by using existing resources.

WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Why Health is Cool for Back to School”

  • DATE: Tuesday, September 1, 2015
  • TIME: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT)
  • WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues
  • HOST: @SaludToday
  • CO-HOSTS: Healthy Schools Campaign (@healthyschools), Center for Science in the Public Interest (@CSPI), and LiveWell Colorado (@livewellco).

We’ll open the floor to your stories and experiences as we explore:

  • Why it is important for parents and schools to work together to reduce health disparities,
  • How to parents and schools can make back to school healthier for Latino children by addressing physical activity and nutrition before, during and after school, and
  • Examples of community members and schools that have done great work in improving Latino health.

#SaludTues is a weekly Tweetchat about Latino health at 12p CST/1p ET every Tuesday and hosted by @SaludToday, the Latino health social media campaign for the team at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Be sure to use the hashtag #SaludTues to follow the conversation on Twitter and share your strategies, stories, and resources that can help raise awareness about important health issues that affect Latinos.

19 Recommendations for Pregnant Women in their First Trimester

Expecting a baby is one of the most magical experiences in a woman’s life.

But do you know how important the first trimester is for your baby and your health?

Here are a few of the 19 recommendations for pregnant women in their first trimester from the Someday Starts Now campaign:

  1. Choose an obstetrician or health care provider. Make an appointment to be seen before the end of your 12th week.
  2. Start or continue taking prenatal vitamins containing 400 to 800 mcg of folic acid.
  3. If you have had a previous premature baby, let your doctor or midwife know. There are medications that you can take to reduce your risk of another premature delivery.
  4. Stop drinking alcohol, smoking and using street drugs.
  5. Contact your health insurance company about coverage.

See the full set of 19 recommendations in English or Spanish and learn more about the Someday Starts Now campaign from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

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