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Latino are less likely to receive the flu vaccine than other ethnic groups, a fact influenced by limited access to medical care, experts say, Saludify reports.
That’s why, for National Influenza Vaccination Week Dec. 8-14, 2013, the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) is inviting Latinos ages 6 months and older to get vaccinated against the influenza.
Vaccination is the first and most important step to protect against flu, the CDC said.
The vaccine reduces one’s risk of illness, hospitalization, or even death and can prevent the spread of the virus to loved ones.
Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments, retail stores and pharmacies, and health centers, as well as by many employers and schools.
Hispanic mothers and fathers who were stressed saw the greatest impact on their children’s body mass index (BMI) compared to any other ethnicity in the new study, Voxxi reports.
The study, led by St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, found that kids with high-stress parents have a 2% higher BMI than kids with low-stress parents. Researchers speculated that stressed parents were less likely concerned with healthy food options and exercise.
According to the article:
Hispanic children, who made up more than half of the test subjects, were the most predominantly affected by the stress of their parents, a finding study authors feel may indicate Hispanic children are more likely to experience hypherphasia — excessive hunger or increased appetite — and a sedentary lifestyle…
…While much of this health disparity has been attributed to lack of access and knowledge regarding healthy foods, stressed parents may be another factor previously overlooked. Hispanics and other immigrant parents have challenges unique to them including language barriers and the stress of acculturation.
“Childhood is a time when we develop interconnected habits related to how we deal with stress, how we eat and how active we are,” Dr. Ketan Shankardass said in a statement on the St. Michael’s website. “It’s a time when we might be doing irreversible damage or damage that is very hard to change later.”
To address this important public health issue, the National Cancer Institute developed http://espanol.smokefree.gov/, a website created specifically for Spanish speakers who want to quit smoking or know someone who does.
Resources include interactive checklists and quizzes, advice on how to help a loved one quit, and real-time support and information.
Amy Cleveland, fresh out of college and just starting a career in marketing, discovered a coarse lump in her breast while putting on some tanning oil.
Only age 22, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“It was a struggle for me because I was young and there was no one my own age I could relate to or confide in about having cancer. People always say, ‘My mom had that,’ or, ‘My grandma had that.’ But it’s tough for young people,” Cleveland said.
Fortunately, Cleveland—now age 28 and free of cancer—found some “Breast Friends Forever,” thanks to a unique support group for young breast cancer survivors developed by the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and Susan G. Komen San Antonio.
The BFF support group meets bimonthly to help young survivors bond with each other, get emotional support, and learn more about breast health from expert speakers.
“We want young survivors to build positive relationships with other survivors their age in a fun and educational setting, to improve their quality of life during and after breast cancer,” said Sandra San Miguel de Majors, a research instructor at the IHPR. “The BFF group is much-needed because breast cancer rates are rising about 2% a year in women ages 20-39.”
Breast cancer in younger women often is more aggressive with lower survival rates.
The estimated 250,000 U.S. breast cancer survivors diagnosed at age 39 or younger also face different challenges—such as dating and body image issues and starting a career and/or family and having to deal with chemotherapy treatment—than women diagnosed after 40.
San Miguel de Majors said young survivors often have few people to lean on.
“Through our research and outreach work I realized there are no support groups specifically for young breast cancer survivors. I thought, ‘Why not start one?’” said Sandra San Miguel de Majors, who oversees outreach for Redes En Acción, the IHPR’s national Latino cancer research network funded by the National Cancer Institute, and also sits on the board of directors for Komen San Antonio.
A few months ago, San Miguel de Majors brought her idea for a young survivors’ support group to Elyse Alaniz, mission director for Komen San Antonio. They recruited three young survivors—Cleveland, Brenda Garza, and Tanya Del Valle—and formed a planning committee.
They wanted to invite young survivors to meet periodically to share their cancer experiences, bond emotionally, and learn from each other.
But they wanted to offer more than just peer support.
“The element of practical support often is overlooked. At each BFF meeting, we bring in a medical expert to teach survivors about healthy lifestyles, or schedule community service projects,” Alaniz said. “We want to do even more, too, like conduct a healthy cooking demonstration or organize a group exercise session.”
At the first BFF meeting in June 2013, several survivors traded stories, laughed, and enjoyed food at Rosario’s Mexican Cafe y Cantina. At the second meeting in August, 15 survivors learned some nutrition and exercise tips from local oncologist.
Now more than 20 survivors regularly attend BFF meetings.
The BFF group now is reaching out to more young survivors through a web page and Facebook group page, while also giving back: On Oct. 30, 2013, the group will meet at a local eatery to increase cancer awareness, raise funds for underserved women and support one another.
“We really want to take a comprehensive approach to help young survivors in every way possible,” San Miguel de Majors said.
Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, who directs the IHPR and the Redes network and sits on Komen’s national scientific advisory board, is excited about the group’s potential.
“It is fantastic to see this group taking many angles to address the gap that exists for support for young cancer survivors, especially Latina survivors,” Ramirez said. “I’m proud of Sandra for taking the initiative to find another way to help cancer patients.”
Cleveland is glad young survivors have a place to go where they can feel comfortable.
“I’m always telling my friends about this group, and that, while cancer can strike at a young age, you’re not the only one,” she said. “There is a group out with women in it who have been through what you’re going through, and can help.”
Have questions about the Affordable Care Act?
These topics are just two of the upcoming Connect Education Workshops from CancerCare that bring together leading cancer experts to provide up-to-date information in one-hour educational cancer workshops.
Workshops are free. Participants can listen in live over the phone or online as a webcast.
Redes En Acción, the national Latino cancer research network led by the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, partners with CancerCare to periodically offer free workshops on cancer issues that impact Hispanics.
You can also listen to past workshops, such as a Spanish-language workshop on Latinas and breast cancer.
Workshops also can be found on iTunes.
The El Monte City School District, Calif., are educating students on making healthier food and exercise choices.
The district, which has been spotlighted in a new video by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, designates a lead teacher at each campus as a “wellness champion” who helps teachers include wellness as part of their daily curriculum.
They also made healthier school lunch menus, using more whole grains and lean proteins. They make foods themselves to control sodium levels.
El Monte has about a 69% Latino population.
In Orange County, Calif., the “Latino health paradox” is evident.
Despite fewer resources and less access to regular medical care than wealthier white residents, low-income Latino immigrants have a longer average life expectancy and are more likely to have healthy birth outcomes, the Voice of OC reports in a two-part series.
But once in the U.S., those health advantages erode.
Research indicates that the children of immigrants have even poorer health regarding certain cancer, diabetes, birth outcomes and heart disease.
Many reasons cause this decline in health, including eating a less nutritious diet as immigrants and their children “acculturate” to American cuisine.
About 50 percent of students in Stanton, Santa Ana and Anaheim, Calif., are overweight or obese. Local officials say 1 of every 3 minorities will be diagnosed with diabetes by age 40.
Officials challenge people to live healthier lifestyles.
“I tell parents, ‘Eat like where you came from.’ The more families keep to their culture, the healthier they are,” Dr. Patricia Riba, who specializes in treating overweight and obese children in Orange County, told the Voice of OC. “My patients’ families came here for a better life – my Vietnamese and Mexican families – but it’s not always available to them. When they come to America, they pick up on our bad habits.”
Digital marketers are focusing on Hispanics “with laser-like precision, using an array of research and marketing tools to understand and target them more effectively than ever before” due to ongoing Latino population growth, according to a new Center for Digital Democracy report.
Hispanics are the now using digital technology in their everyday lives.
They are the large users of smart phones, with 70 percent of Hispanics owning one, and spending more time on mobile phones than ever before and downloading more apps. Their consumption of online videos has also gone up.
Because of this rise in technology use, Internet advertising is especially effective in the Hispanic marketplace.
Hispanics are targeted through online ads, mobile apps, and social networking.
Latinos value family, friends, and information, which leads marketers to use more technology to connect with those values—all the time and on the go. They rely on these family and friend’s recommendations through social networking and digital communication. Other digital technology tools being used for spending are self-checkout machines, coupons printed off the internet, and searching for information online to research a product before purchasing.
While non-Hispanic spending has decreased, Hispanic spending has increased giving them a growing purchasing power and presence in the marketing world. This power leads companies to attempt to establish a trust with Hispanics in their advertising, emphasizing that the company’s product can successfully be used and integrated into their lives without detracting from their cultural traditions.
Kraft’s recent campaign is an example of what advertisers are doing to market directly to Latinos.
They created a slogan, “We know you’re going to love it,” which encouraged and reassured Hispanics that trying their product, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, would be a great decision. They utilized social and mobile marketing to Hispanics, along with creating a mobile website, running TV spots, radio spots, and increasing the Spanish language features in their online and social network advertising.
Read more here.
Several food stores across the nation are experimenting with unique ways—such as in-store marketing and altering shopping carts—to gently “nudge” people to improve their eating habits by buying more fresh fruits and vegetables, the New York Times reports.
Here are some innovative ways pointed out in the new story:
- In El Paso, which is predominantly Latino, some stores place a mirror in grocery carts so people can reflect on what items they put in their cart.
- Also in El Paso, researchers put mats with large green arrows on the floor to point shoppers toward produce aisles.
- Also in El Paso, researchers also English/Spanish places signs in carts that told shoppers how much produce the average customer buys, and the top-selling produce items.
- A Virginia grocer use yellow duct tape to divide carts in half and used a flier to ask shoppers to put fruits and vegetables in the front half. Produce sales rose.
“I think what they’re doing is very innovative and clever,” Michael R. Lowe, a Drexel University psychology professor and longtime researcher on weight control, told the New York Times. “If you put up some cues that remind people of their weight or healthy eating, without hitting them over the head, they will go and choose healthier items. The mirror might do that, but the question will be, ‘What kind of memory association will their body elicit?’ And that is hard to know beforehand. For those who are overweight, it might elicit the sense of, ‘Oh, I need to lose weight.’ Or, ‘I don’t like to see myself because I’m so big,’ which might lead to choosing healthier food.”
Hispanics are less likely to be covered by health insurance in every state in the union, according to new figures released late last week by the Census Bureau, the Washington Post reports.
Texas has the highest uninsured rate in the country, with about one in four people having no coverage at all.
Two South Texas counties have among the highest rates of people without health insurance in the nation—Hidalgo County has the highest rate among urban counties at 38.9% and Maverick County has the highest rate among medium-sized counties at 35.1%—with working Hispanic men in South Texas the most likely to not have coverage, Insurance Journal reports.
The Census Bureau’s Small Area Health Insurance Estimates are a statistical analysis of the American Community Survey data and other census information combined with federal income tax, Medicaid, food stamps and County Business Patterns records. The dataset is for 2011, the latest year available.