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VIDEO: Group Strives to Help Diabetics in Hispanic Town

El Paso, Texas, which is considered among the nation's least healthy cities, struggles with high rates of obesity and diabetes, Borderzine reports. More than 85,000 residents in El Paso, which is 82% Hispanic, have diabetes. That's why the El Paso Diabetes Association aims to eliminate diabetes and its complications through empowerment, promotion, detection and access. The agency organizes community events to get people more involved with the organization, raise awareness, promote their services and help people control the disease. For example, a Diabetes Walk/Run helps raise money for the organization every year. To learn more, watch this ...

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Lecture on 8/11/11: “What Every Latino Man & Woman Should Know About Cancer”

Hispanics, who make up 60 percent of Bexar County’s population and almost 40 percent of Texas’, face special cancer risks. Minimizing those risks is the subject of a free public lecture to be held at 6 p.m. CST Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, on the fourth floor of the Grossman Building at the Cancer Therapy & Research Center of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 7979 Wurzbach Road. "In the Hispanic population, we tend to put off prevention because we don't think it's going to happen to us," said Dr. Amelie Ramirez, director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center. "And cancer's one of those things we don't like to talk about." For instance, Dr. Ramirez said, about 40 percent of Hispanic women do not have yearly ...

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Putting a Spotlight on Cancer Health Disparities

This summer, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) is focusing attention on the topic of cancer health disparities. The NCI works to reduce the unequal burden of cancer incidence and mortality in our society by supporting research to identify and understand the factors that contribute to disparities. NCI also funds studies to develop and disseminate culturally appropriate interventions. Go here for details on disparities and related research, support, statistics, training opportunities and ...

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Community Health Workers: Helping Latinos Navigate the Medical Maze

A community health worker (CHW) helps patients—in San Antonio, that typically means Latino patients—navigate the complex world of cancer care, according to a San Antonio Express-News article about CHWs. The article focuses on Guadalupe Cornejo, a CHW at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday. Cornejo is partialy supported through the IHPR's Latino cancer research network, Redes En Acción, via a partnership with LIVESTRONG. Cornejo's job includes answering questions, helping patients make appointments and apply for services and, when necessary, acting as a liaison between patients and the medical system. “Research has shown that this population is more likely to fall through the cracks when it ...

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VIDEO: Welcome to San Antonio Healthy Eating, Exercise Efforts

Watch San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro's award-winning introductory video about SABalance.org, the city's new website touting healthy eating and physical activity for local families, schools, and more. The video won bronze Telly awards in the health and wellness and instructional categories. Watch the winning video here or below. Watch other SABalance videos ...

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Cancer Facts & Figures 2011 Now Available

Epidemiologists predict about 1.6 million new cancer cases and 571,950 cancer deaths in the U.S. in 2011, according to the new Cancer Facts & Figures 2011. Cancer Facts & Figures provides a concise summary of frequently used cancer statistics, including projections of new cancer cases and deaths, general information on leading cancer sites, and information on major cancer risk factors, such as tobacco use, nutrition, and physical activity. This year's special section focuses on cancer disparities, including providing the estimated numbers of premature cancer deaths that occurred in 2007 as a result of socioeconomic disparities. Other highlights from Cancer Facts & Figures 2011 include: Cancers of the lung and bronchus, prostate, and colorectum in men, and cancers of the ...

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‘Entre Mujeres’ Program to Teach Latina Moms, Daughters about Cervical Cancer

Dr. Deborah Parra-Medina, a professor at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, is leading a new project to teach Latina moms and daughters in South Texas about the HPV and cervical cancer, which disproportionately affects Latinas. Conexión, a publication of the San Antonio Express-News, has more: A new program called Entre Mujeres from the Cancer Therapy & Research Center at the UT Health Science center will allow mothers and daughters, ages 11-17, in the lower Rio Grande Valley to come together in a unique setting to educate themselves on HPV and its prevention. Entre Mujeres will combine community health workers, or “promotoras,” and college students from UT Pan American's Kappa Delta Chi sorority to present educational ...

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Tips to Healthy Latin Meals

Sylvia Meléndez Klinger, a registered dietitian and founder of Hispanic Food Communications, offered several tips for healthy Latin meals in a recent column for Fox News Latino: Alternatives to frying and tips for using oil. For example, use vegetable oil such as canola oil or olive oil instead of lard. Tasty seasoning suggestions. Use cinnamon for sweet potatoes, cereals, hot beverages, etc., and limit the amount of oil and, if needed, use no more than 1 to 2 teaspoons of olive oil Trimming the fat. Trim the fat from the meat and throw it away before preparing beef, lamb or pork. Also, choose extra lean cuts and go easy on the cheese. Trimming the calories. For flan, switch condensed milk for skim or fat-free condensed milk, or use egg substitute for whole eggs. ...

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New Insight on How to Reduce Tobacco’s Impact Among Latinos, Others

The Tobacco Research Network on Disparities (TReND) has announced the release of the special journal issue, Cigarette Smoking Interventions Among Diverse Populations. This issue, published in the American Journal of Health Promotion, includes 15 papers that provide insight into how to effectively reduce tobacco's impact on populations who are disproportionately affected by tobacco use, including African Americans and Latinos. In the issue, researchers examine the use and efficacy of evidence-based interventions among diverse ...

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