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4 Easy Ways Latino Parents Can Help Tackle Obesity in Kids

Hispanic Family Taking Dog For Walk In CountrysideLatinos are more likely to gain weight in childhood, studies show.

Thus it is critical to start early in teaching children and families to eat healthy and be physically active, according to a new editorial by Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, chief medical officer for prevention at the American Heart Association.

The editorial cites statistics on the unfortunate rise of Latino childhood obesity, including research by Salud America!, a research network funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and directed by Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Sanchez suggests four ways to help reverse the trend:

Eat healthier. Teach children and their families how to cook our traditional recipes in the healthiest way. Get rid of extra weight to reduce the burden on the heart, lungs, blood vessels and skeleton. “When we give ourselves the gift of active living, we improve our health and feel better, too,” Sanchez said.

Learn more and check out Dr. Amelie Ramirez’s bilingual cookbook.

Get moving together. Engage in traditional, simple and fun activities like dancing, playing soccer or baseball. “The American Heart Association recommends kids and teens participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day,” Sanchez said.

Learn more.

Set limits on screen time, which can lead to a sedentary lifestyle and an increase in snacking.

Learn more.

Take care of yourselves, parents. Sanchez urges parents to use Life’s Simple 7 resources in English and Spanish to improve heart health: managing blood pressure, controlling cholesterol, reducing blood sugar, getting active, eating healthier, losing weight and quitting smoking.

“Our children are our future,” Sanchez said. “Let’s make sure we give them our best and show them what a healthy lifestyle looks like. Let’s continue to strengthen our families.”

Survey: 6 in 10 U.S. Hispanic Speak English or Are Bilingual

latinas coffeeAbout six-in-ten U.S. adult Latinos, or 62%, speak English or are bilingual, according to a new analysis of Pew Research Center data.

Among U.S.-born Latinos, the vast majority of the second generation speaks English (42%) or is bilingual (50%). By the third generation the percentage of English increases (76%) and bilingual decreases (23%).

Foreign-born Latinos are the least likely to speak English (5%), but many are bilingual (35%).

What do these data say?

It means that, although Latino adults said Latino immigrants need to speak English to succeed while still valuing the ability to speak Spanish, the future of language use in the U.S. is increasingly English and bilingual, according to a Pew report.

“And as a sign of the times, Spanglish, an informal hybrid of both languages, is widely used among Hispanics ages 16 to 25,” according to the report. “Among these young Hispanics, 70% report using Spanglish, according to an analysis we did in 2009.”

Beatriz Sosa Prado: An Èxito! Grad Overcomes Immigration Challenges to Advocate for New Immigrants and Their Health

Editor’s Note: This is the story of a graduate of the 2014 Èxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program. Apply now for the 2015 Èxito! program.

Beatriz Sosa PradoBeatriz Sosa Prado
Los Angeles, Calif.

Born in Mexico City, Beatriz Sosa Prado later immigrated with her family to Los Angeles.

Influenced by the many challenges that immigrants encounter once they come to the United States, Sosa Prado pursued educational degrees with aims of being an advocate for them.

Indeed, with the support of her family and husband, Sosa Prado earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Irvine, and a master’s degree in health science from California State University, Long Beach.

She went on to become a bilingual nutritionist who helps Latina mothers in Los Angeles.

Now ready to become a public health researcher and develop community-based interventions meeting the needs of Latinos in Southern California, she was encouraged by her mentor (America Bracho) to apply for Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program, which offers a five-day summer institute and internships to encourage master’s-level students and health professionals to pursue a doctoral degree and a cancer research career.

During the Éxito! Summer Institute, Sosa Prado was exposed to doctoral education resources and networking opportunities with well-established Latino researchers.

“I am convinced I belong in a PhD program because I have what it takes,” she said. “I know I am needed in my community, and I need to represent them.”

Éxito!, a program funded by the National Cancer Institute and directed by the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, will select 20 master’s-level students and health professionals from across the nation to attend a five-day summer institute in June 2015, in San Antonio, offering research information, tools, tips, role models and motivation to encourage participants to pursue a doctoral degree and a career studying how cancer affects Latinos differently. Participants also are eligible to apply for one of several internships. Apply here.

Tweet with #SaludTues 12/9: Latinos and Health Coverage—Issues + Solutions

Senior Couple Studying Financial Document At HomeLatinos need strong health care coverage, as this population struggles with high rates of obesity, diabetes, and certain cancers.

But 1 of 4 of the U.S. uninsured population is Latino.

How can this change?

Let’s use #SaludTues to Tweet strategies and resources on how to increase health care coverage among Latinos through the Affordable Care Act (#ACA) during a Tweetchat at 1 p.m. ET Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014:

  • WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Latinos and Health Coverage: Issues + Solutions”
  • DATE: Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
  • TIME: Noon-1 p.m. CT (1-2 p.m. ET)
  • WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues
  • HOST: @SaludToday
  • CO-HOSTS: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (@HHSGov/@HHSLatino), Enroll America (@GetCoveredUS), and the Nation Council of La Raza (@NCLR)

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

  • What are Latinos’ most pressing health concerns?
  • How many Latino are (or aren’t) covered with health insurance?
  • What steps can Latinos take to get coverage?
  • See role models who have benefited from coverage?
  • What bilingual resources are available?

Use the hashtag #SaludTues to follow the conversation on Twitter and share your strategies, stories, and resources that help bring health care coverage to more U.S. Latinos.

#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 UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.

5 Tips for Latino Moms-to-Be to Avoid Premature Birth

baby1 in 9 American babies are born too soon.

Premature birth rates are especially high in U.S. Hispanics (11.3%) and African Americans (16.3%) than in Whites (10.2%), due to issues of stress, health care access, and more.

These babies and families struggle with extended NICU stays, ongoing costs and time away from work, and potentially lifelong disabilities.

That why the bilingual “Someday Starts Now” campaign is here.

The campaign, run in English and Spanish by the Texas Department of State Health Services and coinciding with Prematurity Awareness Month in November, promotes the idea that a healthy, full-term baby begins with healthy, well-informed parents who are active participants in their health care.

Here are five tips for women thinking about having a baby to ensure every pregnancy goes as close to 40 weeks as possible.

1. Establish a medical home. Growing families should find a health care provider they trust who can provide regular care before, during and between pregnancies. It’s especially important for women to schedule an appointment for prenatal care as soon as they know they’re pregnant.

2. Stop using tobacco, drugs and alcohol. Smoking can seriously affect a baby’s development. No amount of alcohol is known to be safe in pregnancy.

3. Exercise and eat right for a healthy weight. Not only does physical activity promote a healthy pregnancy, but exercising moms will relieve stress, have more energy and sleep better.

4. Avoid infections. Women should get a flu shot every year, and everyone around the baby should stay up-to-date on recommended immunizations, especially pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination. Regular hand-washing is important.

5. Take daily vitamins. For women of childbearing age, experts recommend a daily multivitamin with 400 mcg of folic acid. Pregnant women should take a prenatal vitamin with 800 mcg of folic acid.

“About six out of 1,000 babies in Texas die before they turn one year old, and premature birth is a leading cause,” according to Texas’ campaign. “But by encouraging healthy habits, you can help reverse those statistics for the better and help every Texas baby have a healthy, happy first birthday.”

New Spanish Website Aims to Mobilize Mothers to Take Action on Women’s Issues

spanish_graphicCheck out the new MamásConPoder website for Spanish-speaking and bilingual members of MomsRising, a nonprofit advocacy group that educates the public and mobilizes grassroots action for critical women’s issues.

MomsRising is an on-the-ground and online multicultural organization of more than a million members and more than 100 aligned organizations working to increase family economic security, to end discrimination against women and mothers, and to build a nation where both businesses and families can thrive.

MomsRising is also a new media outlet with more than 1,000 bloggers and a combined estimated blogging and social media readership reach to over 3 million people.

Read more about the new MamásConPoder campaign in this blog post.

If you sign up with the new website in the next two weeks, your name will be entered to win one of two giveaways worth more than $100 each, such as handbags, earrings, bracelets to benefit various nonprofits in Latin America.

New Program to Bring Patient Navigators, Breast Cancer Screening and Education to South Texas Women

Sandra Costilla, a patient navigator at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (right), accepted the $100,000 check for the new program from the Avon Foundation at its 12th Annual Walk for Breast Cancer. Costilla said: “Thank you Avon walkers and crew! Your donations will help support our Navegando Salud navigator program offering one-on-one counseling to 250 women in one of the highest risk zip codes in southern Texas, and will provide screening for thousands of women to get them into treatment faster. On behalf of all of those women, thank you.”

Minority women have low breast cancer screening rates.

Even if they are screened, they delay confirmatory diagnosis and treatment because of costs, cultural and language issues, competing responsibilities, and more.

That’s why Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, professor and director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, is offering the Navegando Salud patient navigator program, which trains bilingual, bicultural community health workers to offer breast cancer screenings, education and other services to women in South Texas.

Navegando Salud just received a one-year, $100,000 grant from the Avon Foundation.

The grant was among 10 announced at the 12th Annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Houston on April 13, 2014.

“We’re honored to receive this grant, which will help us go a long way in generating the best breast care possible for women and their families,” said Ramirez, the Dielmann Chair in Health Disparities Research & Community Outreach and the Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Endowed Chair in Cancer Health Care Disparities at the Health Science Center.

Patient navigation has proven to remove barriers to screening, promote timely diagnosis and treatment, and improve outcomes for medically underserved cancer patients, Ramirez said.

Navegando Salud aims to:

  • remove barriers to access to timely, high-quality breast cancer care;
  • facilitate seamless patient-centered, multi-disciplinary care delivery;
  • educate patients on the importance of early detection and treatment adherence; and
  • provide community outreach and education in high-need areas to promote cancer screening and healthy behaviors to reduce women’s breast cancer risk.

“Our navigators, Sandra Costilla and Armida Flores, will tailor their services to each patient’s needs to improve patients’ quality of life and satisfaction with the breast health care received during their cancer journey,” Ramirez said.

In addition to Navegando Salud, the Avon Foundation funded nine other projects across Texas.

Find out about all 10 grants here.

“Every grant moves us closer toward our goal of a world without breast cancer,” said Eloise Caggiano, a breast cancer survivor and program director of the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

Why Do Latinos Struggle with Asthma?

asthma kid-docLatinos are at high risk for asthma because prevalence, illness and deaths are strongly correlated with urban air quality, indoor allergens, lack of patient education and inadequate medical care, according to an American Lung Association report.

Both asthma and allergies are caused by the body’s immune response to environmental triggers, such that some allergens can also trigger asthma, according to Kaiser Permanente.

Other irritants can trigger asthma, too, such as the flu.

So what can Latinos do?

To make an action plan, visit Kaiser Permanente’s bilingual website.

You can also check out Spanish-language resources from the American Lung Association:

  • Breathe Well, Live Well is an adult asthma self-management education program led by an American Lung Association-trained facilitator that is offered in a small group setting, with materials in Spanish.
  • The American Lung Association’s Open Airways For Schools is a school-based curriculum available in Spanish that educates and empowers children through a fun and interactive approach to asthma self-management. It teaches children with asthma ages 8-11 how to detect the warning signs of asthma, avoid their triggers and make decisions about their health.
  • The Lung HelpLine, 1-800-LUNG-USA, offers one-on-one support from Spanish-speaking registered nurses and respiratory therapists.

Go here for more.

New Bilingual App Helps Heart Attack Patients

CathMapsLatinos face higher rates of heart disease than other populations because of high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes, the American Heart Association reports.

There’s a new free app to give peace of mind for those who have recovered from a heart attack.

The CathMaps+ app has a GPS locator to find the nearest cath lab—an exam room with diagnostic imaging equipment to see the heart’s arteries and chambers and treat abnormalities—anywhere in the world and stores the user’s emergency medical records for immediate access, offering critical tools needed in an emergency incident.

“People who have had a heart attack are at significant risk of a repeat cardiac event in the future. If this happens, calling an ambulance and rushing to the nearest hospital with a cath lab is crucial. The nearest hospital is often not the same as the one the patient previously visited, and it is highly unlikely that the medical records will be on hand,” according to the CathMaps+ website.

The app in available in English and Spanish on iOS and Android devices.

Video: The Benefits of Being Bilingual

Can speaking more than one language make you smarter in other ways?

Check out this video from ABC News that explores the benefits of speaking both Spanish and English in a fun, lighthearted way.

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