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.

What Not to Pass on to Your Loved Ones

You want to pass on family traditions, a grandmother’s quilt or dad’s love of books—but no one wants to pass on a serious illness.

That’s why vaccines are so important, especially for Latinos.

Few adults know about the need for vaccines and even fewer are fully vaccinated, and fewer Latino adults get proper vaccinations (33%) than their white counterparts (45%).

That means tens of thousands of adults needlessly suffer, are hospitalized, and even die as a result of diseases that could be prevented by vaccines.

And if you get sick, you may risk spreading certain diseases to others. That’s a risk most of us do not want to take. Infants, older adults and people with weakened immune systems (like those undergoing cancer treatment) are especially vulnerable to infectious diseases, which can have dire effects.

What can you do?

You can help protect your health and the health of your loved ones by asking about vaccines at your next doctor’s visit and getting your recommended vaccines to protect against diseases like pertussis, hepatitis, shingles and pneumococcal disease.

Getting vaccinated is is easier than you think.

Adults can get vaccines at doctors’ offices, pharmacies, workplaces, health clinics and health departments. Most health insurance plans cover the cost of recommended vaccines—a call to your insurance provider can give you the details.

Check out this map to help find a vaccine provider near you.

FDA Approves a Mobile Glucose Monitoring System

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of Dexcom G5, a mobile continuous glucose monitoring system (CGM).

Photo Credit: Dexcom

Photo Credit: Dexcom

This new system could be a great relief for the 12.8 percent of Latinos living with diabetes.

How will it work?

The user will carry a Bluetooth enable device attached to his/her body which will measure the levels of glucose under the skin,it will then send the information to the user’s  smartphone.

According to Dexcom, Inc this is the first system of its kind approved by the FDA to measure glucose levels in the blood in adults and children as young as 2 years old.

“Dexcom is rapidly advancing technology for continuous glucose monitoring devices to improve diabetes management. Since January, the company has introduced the G4 PLATINUM CGM with Share, apps to enable the first CGM on the Apple Watch™ and now the Dexcom G5® Mobile CGM.  These advances are making diabetes management more convenient and flexible than ever before,” stated Kevin Sayer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dexcom. “We are excited for the promise this new technology holds for patients and caregivers.”

Dexcom G5 is expected to be launched in September.




Minorities and Women Underrepresented in Medical Specialties

Minorities, and women are underrepresented in many medical specialties, according to a new study—Fox Health reports.

In a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers looked at the number of women and minorities (Hispanic and black) who graduated in 2012.

“Medical schools have been trying to increase the diversity of their students, with perhaps the assumption that this increased diversity will translate downstream to all specialties,” Dr. Curtiland Deville of John Hopkins University in Baltimore told Reuters.

But, despite these efforts there still exist “disproportionate underrepresentation of women and minorities,” especially in the areas of radiology, orthopedics and otolaryngology.

Based on public data, researchers determined that out of 16,835 medical school graduates in 2012 only 15 percent were minority (7 percent Hispanic 7 percent black) 48 percent were women.

Of the current 688,468 practicing physicians only 9 percent “were members of underrepresented minorities, including 5 percent who were Hispanic and 4 percent who were black.”

“Diversifying the physician workforce may be key to addressing health disparities and inequities, Dr. Deville wrote in an email to Fox Health.

La pobreza extrema afecta 1 de 4 latinos en EEUU

Al rededor del 26 por ciento de los latinos y el 24 por ciento de afro-americanos viven en “pobreza extrema,” el cual significa que tienen dificultades en poder pagar por necesidades básicas, aun así con ayuda de programas gubernamentales, de acuerdo a un nuevo estudio.

El reporte del US Department of Health and Human Services , HHS por sus siglas en inglés, define pobreza extrema al nivel de la mitad del nivel de pobreza federal—menos de $6,000 para un adulto o $7,600 para un adulto con dependientes.

Según el reporte:

  • Una familia en pobreza extrema gasta $3,000-$6,000 más en necesidades que sus ingresos permiten.
  • Individuos en pobreza extrema tienden a estar menos saludables que aquellos con ingresos mayores por lo cual requieren de mayor atención médica.

“ Esto es pobreza extrema: un estado crónico caracterizado por múltiples, serias dificultades—incluyendo adición, falta de vivienda, incapacidad y enfermedades crónicas—las cuales pueden prevenir a  personas el poder desarrollarse bien en sus trabajos. Familias pueden estar en este nivel generación tras generación sin esperanza de salir de él, ” de acuerdo al reporte por el Urban Institute.

Las buenas noticias son que la pobreza infantil se redujo de 22 por ciento en 2010 al 20 por ciento en 2013.

Diabetics At-Higher Risk of Oral Infections

Diabetics are more susceptible to oral infections such as gingivitis and periodontitis than those that don’t suffer from diabetes, Univision Salud reports.

Lower flow of saliva among diabetics causes burning sensations in the mouth skyrocketing the incidence of cavities and other infections.

And those “who don’t control their sugar levels tend to have more oral health problems, particularly dental gum retractions.”

Gingivitis and periodontitis are the most common oral health problems among diabetics, but more serious ones such as Thrush (candidiasis) it’s also common.

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) recommends:

  • Control glucose levels in the blood
  • Brush your teeth and use dental floss every day
  • Visit your dentist regularly
  • Avoid tobacco products

For more information click here.


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