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Eating healthy during the holidays is not impossible, according to MomsRising, which galvanizes women around different issues, including health.
MomsRising united several food bloggers last year for a blog carnival focused on holiday eating.
Several of the carnival’s posts have relevance this year, too, for Latino families:
- Savory Latino Meals without the Meat (in Spanish here), by Elisa Bastista
- In Food We Trust, by Antonio Diaz
- Quinoa Salad, by Vianney Rodriguez
- A Simple Chile de Arbol Salsa, by Nicole Presley
- Mango, Jicama, and Cucumber Salad, by Veronica Gonzalez-Smith
Check out all recent blog carnival posts from MomsRising here.
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.
The videos, which are also available in English, explore the latest research into how six critical topics—marketing, school snacks, sugary drinks, neighborhood food environments, active play and access to active spaces—impact Latino child health.
The videos also feature evidence-based recommendations on how to address the problem.
The child-narrated videos are part of a six new packages of research materials produced by Salud America!, a national research network on Latino childhood obesity that is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and based at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Each topic’s package contains: a research review, an assessment of all available scientific evidence on the topic; an issue brief, a short summary of the research review; an animated video narrated by Latino children; and an infographic, a visual summary of the topic.
Materials are available for download here.
Be sure to drop in for our upcoming free webinar on Nov. 12, 2013, that features Dr. Anna María Nápoles, a Latina professor and behavioral epidemiologist at the University of California, San Francisco, who will outline the methodological phases involved in creating a new psychosocial health intervention for Latinas with breast cancer.
Napoles also will highlight a case study in which community and academic leaders partnered in developing a program, as well as a protocol for a randomized controlled trial to test the program.
The webinar, which is at 11 a.m. CST (9 a.m. PST) on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, is hosted by Redes En Acción, a Latino cancer research network funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and based at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.
To celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) and increase awareness about MiPlato, the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion is launching resources for Spanish-speaking audiences, according to a USDA blog post.
MiPlato is the USDA’s icon for the five food groups to remind Spanish-speakers to make healthier choices at each meal.
Visit ChooseMyPlate.gov and click on En Español to find the latest addition to the 10 Tips Nutrition Education Series, Disfrute Comidas de Varias Culturas (Enjoy Food from Many Cultures), about how to prepare healthier ethnic/cultural foods.
Educators and health professionals can integrate the En Español section of ChooseMyPlate.gov into program and education efforts. The new Spanish-language resources include general information about weight management and counting calories to help adults think about their food and beverages choices.
New recipes are also available in Spanish.
Kids can find activity sheets and coloring pages that promote healthy eating at school and home.
Teachers and parents can invite young people to become MyPlate Champions by sharing the MyPlate Champions Pledge in Spanish.
Time for Latino parents to gather supplies and back packs.
It’s also a great time to make sure kids are up to date on their vaccines, according to the National Public Health Information Coalition.
For National Immunization Awareness Month in August, the coalition is promoting English and Spanish resources from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to highlight the importance of immunizations throughout life, and to make sure children are protected with all the vaccines they need.
Most schools require children to be current on vaccinations before enrolling to protect the health of all students.
Getting children all of the vaccines recommended in the CDC immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health, according to a statement by the National Public Health Information Coalition.
Parents can find out more about the recommended immunization schedule here.
Much of this kid-focused advertising is for unhealthy foods, studies show.
But additional industry self-regulation and governmental regulation—stimulated by community awareness and action—can help limit the marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages to Latino kids, according to a new package of research materials from Salud America! The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Research Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children.
Download the new Salud America! “Healthier Marketing & Latino Kids” research materials, which include a research review of the latest science, an original animated video, and an infographic.
Latino kids have higher overall levels of media exposure in a typical day (13 hours) than do their White counterparts (8.36 hours).
Studies have shown that Spanish-language TV and outdoor billboards disproportionately expose Latino kids to unhealthy food messages.
Industry self-regulation of marketing to kids is mixed.
“Evidence suggests that policymakers and the public should recognize marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages to youths as a public health problem in need of policy solutions,” said Amelie G. Ramirez, director of Salud America!, based at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. Salud America! is a national network of stakeholders seeking environmental and policy solutions to Latino obesity.
She said one study found ways local communities can improve food marketing practices:
- menu labeling;
- prohibiting food sales in non-food retailers;
- prohibiting the sale and advertising of unhealthy foods on campus; and
- creating vending contracts that limit the sale and marketing of unhealthy food and drinks in parks or other active spaces.
“States and municipalities also could conduct public hearings at the state and local levels to raise awareness and initiate community action to reduce community-based exposure of unhealthy product campaigns that specifically target Latino youths,” Ramirez said.
The new research package is the fifth of six new research material packages by Salud America!, each of which focused on a specific topic on Latino childhood obesity.
Download all the packages at www.salud-america.org.
Brotherhood is a term for a close-knit system of support and friendship among men.
In Spanish, this is known as hermandad.
For three Latino men fighting to survive prostate cancer, hermandad was a unifying force that helped them through the most difficult challenge of their lives—and it wouldn’t have been possible without the innovative patient navigation project from Redes En Acción: The National Latino Cancer Research Network, which is funded by the National Cancer Institute and headquartered at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Guadalupe Ortiz Valadez, age 61.
Roman Mejia Hernandez, age 57.
Francisco Lopez, age 58.
Each man has a different life story, background, and struggle with cancer.
But their differences dissolved when a Redes patient navigator, Guadalupe Cornejo, helped bring them all together. Cornejo arranged a phone call so that Lopez could offer his support and advice to Valadez. Then, at the request of Hernandez’ daughter, Cornejo arranged for Valadez to give similar support to Hernandez. The three men immediately started learning from each other. They found comfort being able to confide in someone who shares the same experience of fears, questions and uncertainties of prostate cancer.
The trio began talking more frequently over time. They talked about the barriers they have faced: language, little or distant family support, and no health insurance.
Valadez said that, while he didn’t encounter many major challenges thanks to the support of his wife and children, the toughest part was telling his children about his cancer diagnosis and the unknowns of surgery. He envisions—thanks in part to the support system he established with Hernandez and Lopez—being able to help educate others about cancer and survivorship.
Lopez said he was also blessed to have his family being by his side from diagnosis to full recovery. But with no health insurance, he initially hesitated to seek medical care until he felt too ill not to. It was his daughter that encouraged him to seek care at a clinic that took care of all his health needs. He was faced with the diagnosis of prostate cancer, diabetes and arthritis all at once. Coming from poverty, has given him compassion for others in need and is willing to give wholeheartedly to others.
Hernandez, who also had no insurance when diagnosed with prostate cancer, said he only had a brother to lean on during his treatments. Speaking only Spanish also kept him from communicating effectively with his physician. He was very grateful for the opportunity to get to know Valadez and Hernandez, and said their friendship helped him persevere.
The three Latino men talked on the phone so much they believed they had grown a “spiritual bond.” Each man cited this bond and the Redes patient navigator project and instrumental in helping them achieve cancer survival.
The Redes national study coordinator, Sandra San Miguel, recently brought them together in person for the first time.
With hugs and smiles exchanged, Valadez, Lopez, and Hernandez thanked each other for their support and made a vow: help other prostate cancer patients support and educate each other about the cancer journey to help them hurdle some of the same challenges they faced and embark on a new journey filled with support, friendship, wellness, and a positive outlook on life.
In other words: let’s all spread hermandad.