A new infographic from Que Rica Vida lists seven Latino sauces using chilies and other spices, many of which are healthy and help nourish the body and fight disease.
Dietary choices—even specific foods—can positively or negatively influence the inflammatory process.
Inflammation is the process your body uses to protect itself in response to infection or injury, adding nourishment or immune activity. But when inflammation is chronic or unresolved, it can increase risk of cancer.
Here are some top antii-inflammatory foods you should eat regularly:
- Deep marine fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel
- Flax either as a seed or in oil format
- Dark green leafy vegetables
- Bright multi-colored vegetables (red, orange and yellow)
- Citrus fruits
- Black and green teas
- Onion, garlic, chives, shallots
- Spices and herbs that contain anti-inflammatory properties (Ginger, Rosemary, Tumeric, Oregano, Cayenne, Clove, Nutmeg)
View the infographic here or below.
A significant percentage of African-Americans (61%), Hispanics (57%) and Asians (50%) say it’s very important to participate as a volunteer in a clinical trial to improve the health of others, compared to 47% of non-Hispanic whites, according to a new national public opinion poll by Research!America.
These findings are tempered by the reality that participation remains disturbingly low among all groups.
When asked if they or someone in their family has ever participated in a clinical trial, only 17% of Hispanics, 15% of African-Americans, 15% of non-Hispanic whites and 11% of Asians said yes.
Only about a quarter of African-Americans, Hispanics and Asians say they have heard about clinical trials from their doctor or other health care provider.
Many respondents believe health care providers should play a major role in raising awareness of clinical trials. In fact, 38% of Hispanics, 36% of Asians and 33% of African-Americans said providers have the greatest responsibility in educating the public about clinical trials, as did 42% of non-Hispanic whites.
A strong majority—75% of Hispanics, 72% of African-Americans, 71% of non-Hispanic whites and 65% of Asians—say they would likely participate in a clinical trial if recommended by a doctor.
“The poll reveals a willingness among minorities to participate in clinical trials to improve quality of health care, but enrollment remains stubbornly low,” said Mary Woolley, president and CEO of Research!America. “We must continue to strive toward reaching all segments of the population to boost the level of participation in order to further medical progress.”
Check out this new Spanish-language infographic on Latino senior health.
The infographic is based on America’s Health Rankings Senior Report, which compares the health of all 50 states to each other using 34 different measures of health ranging from smoking and obesity to ICU usage. The report also identifies disparities, including a higher percentage of obese senior Latinos compared to their white and Asian counterparts.
The report shows Minnesota at the top of the list of healthiest states for older adults. Vermont is ranked second and New Hampshire is third, followed by Massachusetts and Iowa.
Mississippi is ranked 50th as the least healthy state for older adults. Oklahoma, Louisiana, West Virginia, and Arkansas complete the bottom five states.
View overall senior rankings here.
A recent study conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looked at 12 school sites in 7 Los Angeles County school district facilities between 2010 and 2012 and found that shared use agreements increased moderate to vigorous levels of physical activity among adults and children.
The study, which examined 1,669 participants, at sites with a mostly Latino population, found that physical activity was 16 times higher in communities that offered physical activity programing at shared use sites.
Ten out of the twelve schools observed during the study had some form of organized programming and researchers found that shared use of facilities was higher when programming was made available to communities.
Programming offered at sites included swimming, aerobic dancing, golf, exercise using fitness video games, walking, and tennis classes. Researchers believe that activities attracted both adults and children to the sites, suggesting that a family unit effect took place.
From the classroom to the schoolyard, schools play a crucial role in the development of a child. But they also play an important role in community development.
Kids are less likely to get the physical activity they need in places that don’t have easy access to parks or playgrounds. And while schools have the power to unlock their gates and leave their facilities open to the public, this doesn’t always happen. This is where shared use agreements and after school programming can really make a difference.
To learn about shared use in California visit Jointuse.org.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a world leader in disease prevention and surveillance, has just launched a Spanish version, Salud Publica en los Estados Unidos y Mexico, of their United States-Mexico Public Health Website.
The website provides an overview of important border health issues, as well as information about the border region, a list national and international agencies who work to ensure transnational health, a list of programs and activities that serve the border, guidelines for cooperation between the US and Mexico, and additional resources.
What Should You Know About US-Mexico Border Health?
According to the CDC’s website the border region stretches along a 62.5 mile region that contains 48 counties in four US counties and 80 municipalities in six Mexican states. It is eestimated that 153,706,850 people crossed the border in 2011.
The new website lists the CDC’s health issues of greatest concern for the United States and Mexico, which are:
- Vaccine-preventable infectious diseases such as rubella and pertussis (whooping cough)
- Vector-borne diseases such as dengue and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks, or fleas
- Zoonotic diseases spread from animals to human such as rabies and brucellosis
- Illnesses spread through food and water
- Pandemic influenza and other global health emergencies
- Chronic health conditions
The new CDC website also features a map that illustrates the geographic regions where most Mexican born individuals in the US reside.
A recent study by the Children’s Nutrition Research Center in Houston, Texas has discovered an interesting correlation between obesity and peanut consumption. According to their study, Mexican-American children who consume peanuts at least once a week are less likely to be overweight or obese.
Currently, 39% of the Mexican-American children are classified as overweight or obese, compared to the 32% of all children in the United States- a fact that prompts studies like this, that explore what factors and foods affect childhood obesity.
Studies have long shown the health benefits of nut consumption for adults, aiding in lower lipid levels, lower body mass indices, and reduced risk of coronary artery disease. This study looks specifically at how these benefits relate to children.
It was found that the Mexican-American children in the study who ate peanuts had significantly higher intakes of several vitamins and micronutrients, such as magnesium and Vitamin E, along with having lower low-density lipoprotein and total cholesterol levels. These results show that the consumption of peanuts and/or peanut butter may be associated with lower weight status, improved diet, and lipid levels among Mexican-American Children.
Finding these key foods or health factors that may assist in reducing childhood obesity is vital, because they may also play a role in reducing obesity related diseases. Hispanically Speaking News discussed the research pointing out that, “These vitamins are often deficient amongst Mexican-Americans. Consumption of those vitamins, amongst others, helps reduce the risk for diabetes and heart disease.” More research will be needed to see how the consumption of peanuts plays a role in the overall health of children and adolescents.
According to a recent report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), schools play an important role in getting kids to be more active.
The report entitled Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School provides six recommendations to get kids more active, which include:
- Taking a whole-of-school approach
- Considering physical activity in all school-related policy decisions
- Designating physical education as a core subject
- Monitoring physical education and opportunities for physical activity in school
- Providing pre-service training and professional development for teachers
- Ensuring equality in access to physical activity and physical educations
Kids who are more active learn better, perform better on standardized tests, and pay better attention in the classroom. However, many schools do not provide students enough time or opportunities for physical activities.
The City Project, a non-profit out of Los Angeles, is looking to change this.
The City Project is currently working with the L.A. County Department of Public Health, United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA), physical education expert Chad Fenwick, and community allies like the Los Angeles Unified School District (the 2nd largest school district in the nation), to improve the physical activity standards of children living in L.A. County.
To do this, they have come up with their own recommendations which line up very closely with those of the IOM.
According to The City Project’s recommendations “every public school in California can provide students the quality physical education to which they are entitled.”
The IOM and the City Project also speak on how shared use agreements can create more physical activity opportunities for students both during and after school.
An effective monitoring system is also recommended to ensure that policies are well implemented by schools.
Learn more about how The City Project’s physical activity recommendations line up with the IOM’s report here.
Read the IOM’s report brief and recommendations here.
This nice infographic on the costs of obesity, from human and financial standpoints, was among the winners of an American Public Health Association contest during National Public Health Week on April 1-7.
The infographic is from MPH@GW, the new online Master of Public Health program at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.
See the full infographic here.
To celebrate National Minority Health Month, you’re invited to join leading health experts in a webinar discussion of Latino cancer issues at 10:30 a.m. CST Thursday, April 4, 2013.
Dr. Amelie Ramirez, director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday, will provide an overview of cancer prevalence and disparities found in the Latino population.
She also will offer insight into common Latino myths and beliefs about cancer
Dr. Elena Rios, president of the National Hispanic Medical Association, will address policy and Latino health.
Rosa Villoch-Santiago, director of health disparities for the American Cancer Society’s South Atlantic Division, will describe the Ventanillas de Salud initiative and other cancer work.
The webinar is organized by the American Cancer Society.
View it here. Call in at 1-888-757-2790 and enter the pass code 329671.