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A new bilingual campaign is encouraging HIV testing among Latino gay and bisexual men.
The campaign, called REASONS/RAZONES and developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), offers a website and Facebook page with information on HIV, how to get tested, and how to take action.
You can find a nearby test site by texting your zip code to KNOW IT (566948).
The campaign also features bilingual videos that show Latino gay and bisexual men share their reasons for getting an HIV test, which is fast, free, and confidential.
At age 47, Mariano woke up one morning feeling sick and dizzy. He was sweating a lot. He went to the doctor, who told him his blood pressure was extremely high. He was hospitalized that day.
Three days later, he had open heart surgery to replace blocked blood vessels in his heart.
“I smoked my last cigarette the day I was told I needed heart surgery,” he said. He hasn’t smoked since. “I was given a second chance to live.”
Mariano, who loves to cook and noticed that he has more energy since he quit smoking, is part of a new effort from the CDC and the National Latino Tobacco Control Network (NLTCN) to raise awareness among Latinos about the dangers of tobacco use and second-hand smoke.
The campaign, Tips from Smokers, features real-life stories from ex-smokers like Mariano.
Latinos, for example, suffer various disparities in cancer, chronic disease, obesity and other conditions.
To learn more, visit the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday.
You also can check out the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Disparities & Inequalities Report. The report analyzes recent trends and ongoing variations in health disparities and inequalities.
Kids get active in their communities to save the world from a sedentary-style villain in a neat new video from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Each scene in the video is designed to showcase kids getting physical activity and eating right.
For the video, CDC invited U.S. kids to audition for the video.
Some of the more than 7,000 audition videos were used to build the film. Special effects were added to turn the kids’ actions into superpowers.
However, Hispanic women have the highest rates of cervical cancer in the United States.
Of every 100,000 U.S. women, about 11 Hispanic women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, compared to only seven non-Hispanic women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The good news is that cervical cancer can be prevented through vaccination.
CDC recommends girls and boys receive the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12, which can help prevent cervical and other cancers in men and women caused by HPV, a virus so common that nearly every person who is sexually active will be infected with HPV in their lifetime.
CDC also recommends adult women see their doctor regularly for a Pap test and any necessary follow-up treatment.
What are other ways to reduce your risk of cervical cancer?
For Minority Health Awareness Month, be sure to read more in English or Spanish from the CDC, or check out this inspiring video in English or Spanish on vaccination from the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday.
Can’t decide what to get mom for Mother’s Day on May 13, 2012?
Have her sign up for Text4baby, a free bilingual mobile information service that provides pregnant women and new moms with info to help them care for their health and give their babies the best possible start in life.
First, text BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411.
Once enrolled, women get free weekly text messages timed to either her due date or baby’s date of birth. Messages were developed by government and non-profit health experts, such as the CDC, and cover nutrition, immunization, and birth defect prevention, among other topics.
Text4baby, an educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB), launched two years and has enrolled about 300,000 subscribers and sent more than 28 million text messages. The program has more than 700 outreach partners including MTV and the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.
The time kids spend in front of a screen for entertainment has increased by an hour and 17 minutes since 2004, research shows.
Check out this new infographic about the surprising amounts of TV, video game, computer and other entertainment screen time that children are getting, and the opportunities for physical activity that they are missing out on. The infographic, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also provides tips for healthier activities and ways parents can limit screen time in the home.
Find the infographic here.
For more information, visit MakingHealthEasier.org/GetMoving
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released the report on selected nutrient intake and chronic health conditions among Mexican-American adults.
The report, Trends in Nutrient Intakes and Chronic Health Conditions Among Mexican-American Adults, a 25-year Profile: United States, 1982–2006, in this time span, the percent kilocalories from total fat, saturated fat, and protein intake among Mexican-American adults decreased, while carbohydrate and mean total energy intake increased. During this same time period, the prevalence of obesity and diabetes among Mexican-American adults increased and the prevalence of high blood pressure remained stable.
The overall prevalence of high total serum cholesterol among this group did not differ significantly from 1988–1994 to 1999–2006.
Researchers concluded that monitoring trends in diet and health conditions among Mexican-American adults can inform the development of targeted prevention efforts to improve the health of this rapidly increasing population.
The percentage of obese Mexican-American adults has risen from 21% in 1984 to 35% in 2006 to 40% in 2010, according to new government data, USA Today reports.
Mexican-American adults’ obesity rates also were higher than the national average of 36%.
According to the USA Today report:
- The percentage of Mexican-American adults with diabetes was 14% in 2006, higher than the most recent national average of about 11%.
- About 22% of Mexican-American adults had high blood pressure and 20% had high cholesterol in 2006. These rates have remained stable over the last few decades. The prevalence increases with age.
- The average intake of calories for Mexican-American men was 2,521 in 2006; women, 1,827 calories. Those numbers have increased by several hundred calories each since 1984. The percent of calories they ate from carbohydrates increased from about 46% in 1984 to 51% in 2006.
The statistics come from the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about health conditions and nutrient intake of Mexican-American adults ages 20-74.