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Check out this new Spanish-language infographic on Latino senior health.
The infographic is based on America’s Health Rankings Senior Report, which compares the health of all 50 states to each other using 34 different measures of health ranging from smoking and obesity to ICU usage. The report also identifies disparities, including a higher percentage of obese senior Latinos compared to their white and Asian counterparts.
The report shows Minnesota at the top of the list of healthiest states for older adults. Vermont is ranked second and New Hampshire is third, followed by Massachusetts and Iowa.
Mississippi is ranked 50th as the least healthy state for older adults. Oklahoma, Louisiana, West Virginia, and Arkansas complete the bottom five states.
View overall senior rankings here.
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.
About 25% of Latino third-graders in the state are obese.
Some experts in the region are highlighting unhealthy marketing as a contributor, given Latino kids’ high exposure to media, the New Britain Herald reports.
“In my opinion, Spanish-speaking children are more heavily targeted by junk food, dessert and sugar-sweetened beverage ads because their community is very disempowered and does not have the means to advocate for changes in these unhealthy marketing practices that have been seriously questioned by groups that have a higher social position in the country,” Dr. Rafael Perez-Escamilla, director of the Connecticut Center for Eliminating Health Disparities among Latinos at the University of Connecticut, told the New Britain Herald.
The food industry in the U.S. “self-regulates” itself regarding content of advertisements targeting children, but some politicians and groups around the nation are working down on young Latinos’ exposure to marketing of unhealthy foods, according to the article.
Learn more about getting involved in marketing issues at ChangeLab Solutions.
Researchers at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity have quantified the number of food and beverage ads viewed by Hispanic youth on both Spanish- and English-language TV.
Hispanic youth see 12-15 food ads a day.
And regardless of language, the majority of ads promote nutritionally poor products, such as fast food, sugary cereals, and candy.
Check out this video for more information.
A new website, HealthyChildren.org en Español, launched this week with nearly 2,000 translated articles on more than 300 children’s health topics.
The site has features such as:
- Pregúntele al pediatra (Ask the Pediatrician)
- Revise sus síntomas (Symptom Checker)
- Temas de actualidad (Hot Topics)
The site, from the American Academy of Pediatrics, aims to be a resource for pediatric health and safety information in Spanish.
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.
The Prevent Cancer Foundation has designed, developed and pilot-tested “Campeonas contra el cáncer de seno” (Champions Against Breast Cancer), a culturally appropriate, peer-to-peer outreach effort to improve breast cancer screening among Latinas.
By sharing their own experiences with being screened for breast cancer, “Campeonas” encourage their female friends and family members over the age of 40 to get mammograms.
“Campeonas” training and free-standing community educational materials are now available for free on the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s website (in both Spanish and English) for community health organizations.
One of these materials is an illustrated novela, “Un Encuentro Oportuno: Conversando Sobre el Cancer de Seno” (A Timely Encounter: Talking About Breast Cancer), which uses pictures and a story to share information about breast cancer screening.
“It is especially unique in that all elements of the project were created with input from women in the Washington D.C. Latina community to ensure cultural appropriateness, interest and usability,” said Karen Peterson, Vice President of Programs for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. “The grassroots nature of the project also allows for a highly personal and comfortable discussion on breast cancer screening.”
Funding for this project was provided by the Prevent Cancer Foundation and the National Capital Area Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.