VIDEOS: Latinos Make Healthy Lifestyle Changes, Lose Weight
Kaiser Permanente has released several videos of Latinos who are making healthier lifestyle choices.
Jesus Lopez, for example, began avoiding his scale when his weight passed 220 pounds. Jesus, a department administrator and registered nurse at Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center, learned that he was pre-diabetic after a concerned physician friend convinced him to get blood work done. Finding out that his weight posed a health risk spurred Jesus to started walking before breakfast, working out, and reducing portion sizes at meal times.
Those changes led to a 50-pound weight loss.
At 27, Jorge Hernandez stood 5’10″ and tipped the scale at 270 pounds. In 2007, he got a literal wake-up call when vibrations running through his chest jolted him awake. Dr. David Townsend of Kaiser Permanente Union City Medical Center told Jorge to lose weight and he took action.
Jorge cut back on sugar and carbohydrates, bought and learned how to cook fresh vegetables, and began walking and lifting weights.
His efforts paid off—Jorge lost 100 pounds in one year.
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