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The group has launched a new Spanish-language blog about diabetes and those inspired to stop it, called No Más Diabetes.
The have a great Facebook page in Spanish, too.
Also, the ADA’s por tu familia program, described in this video, contains Spanish-language, culturally relevant information on diabetes risk factors and warning signs. Contents focuses on healthy eating, understanding the link between heart diseases and diabetes, and the importance and impact of increasing physical activity.
The program also encourages appropriate testing among those at risk and treatment for those diagnosed with diabetes.
Improving Latinos’ health is certainly rewarding enough.
But we’re especially honored today that SaludToday, the Latino health website, blog and social media campaign directed by the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, was recognized by the 14th annual Web Health Awards, which laud honors the nation’s best digital health resources.
SaludToday earned a “silver” award for its blog and a “merit” award for its Twitter feed.
The IHPR also earned a “merit” award for its quarterly E-newsletter, IHPR Noticias, which trumpets the latest advancements in Latino health disparities news and research.
For the Web Health Awards competition, which is held twice yearly, a panel of 32 experts in digital health media served as judges and selected gold, silver, bronze, and merit winners from nearly 600 entries.
“We’re humbled by the recognition of our efforts to heighten the awareness of Latino health issues and promote research and methods to prevent and/or eliminate those issues,” said Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, who directs the IHPR and its SaludToday campaign. “We’re going to keep pushing the envelope to better all facets of Latino health.”
See the complete list of winners here.
Check out this Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) blog about Unity Health Care, which runs a health center in a Washington, D.C., area that is home to many recent Mexican and Central American immigrants:
A 2008 study showed that, among the Latino population in DC, 60 percent of kids were overweight or obese—a staggering number, and one that Unity wanted to address.
On Wednesday morning at APHA, Dr. Eleni O’Donovan explained how they did.
O’Donovan and her colleagues began by adapting the national program We Can (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition) to fit the needs of their center. They identified ways they could help local families, who were already coming to the health center for other services, eat healthier foods and be more active. Using those ideas, they ran a four week pilot program that was extremely popular. So popular in fact, that O’Donovan was able to expand it.
She and the center broadened their scope, and started looking at the local community to figure out how it could support participants’ efforts to lead healthier lives. What they found was encouraging. Local recreation centers were free to residents, and provided many classes for free as well. A local Community Supported Agriculture program connected them with an area farmer to provide fresh produce at half the normal cost. And they were able to bill the city health insurance provider for counseling sessions and meetings.
All of these factors showed how District policies and programs are going a long way towards supporting healthier lives for residents. The initiative and enthusiasm of Unity Health Care also caught the eye of another local leader: First Lady Michelle Obama. When Obama heard about the early success Unity had shown, she invited program participants to the White House lawn for a “Healthy Kids Fair”. They made the short trip to participate in the event filled with physical activity and healthy foods.
O’Donovan noted that, although participating families have made a lot of changes on their own, there are still factors that need to be addressed. In coordination with city policy-makers, Unity intends to demonstrate how social factors may be preventing children and families from leading healthier lives, and what can be done to change it.
The blog post also focuses on Salud America!, an RWJF program focused on Latino childhood obesity and based at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.