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‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ to Help Teach Healthy Eating

There's a good chance you're one of the many kids or parents who've enjoyed reading about the unsatiable worm in The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the famous children's book by Eric Carle. Now the fast-eating caterpillar, who gets a tummy ache from eating too much, is helping families learn to eat healthy. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the American Academy of Pediatrics have joined with the children’s book and with We Give Books to help teach families about healthy eating habits at home. The Eating Healthy. Growing Strong. campaign is an important part of the Alliance’s mission to combat childhood obesity. This spring, more than 17,500 pediatrician offices across the nation will receive free copies of specially created The Very Hungry Caterpillar books, ...

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Healthy Lifestyle Tips and Tools in Spanish

We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition), a national movement to promote a healthy weight for kids, provides parents and communities with many Spanish-language materials, such as tools, tracking sheets, training, and other information to encourage a healthy and physically active lifestyle. Spanish-language resources include: Ayuda a tu familia a celebrar con comidas sabrosas y a mantener un peso saludable Bocadillos 100 Calorías o Menos Como las familias encuentran el equilibrio: Un manual para los padres de familia If you'd like more info about We Can!, call toll-free at ...

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Foreign-Born Latinos Healthier, Live Longer Than U.S.-Born, New Jersey Study Says

Foreign-born Latinos in New Jersey are healthier, have fewer vices and live longer than Hispanics born in the U.S., mirroring a national trend, according to a new report, Fox News Latino reports. According to the news report: The report, released by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, found that foreign-born residents of New Jersey are primarily healthier than native-born residents, and also have healthier lifestyles. About 20 percent of New Jersey residents are foreign immigrants, and, of those 20 percent, approximately 36 percent are Hispanic, the report says. The large proportion of foreign-born Latino residents were found to have lower mortality rates than U.S.-born Hispanics for most leading causes of death including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, ...

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Minorities Still Face Daunting Transportation Issues in U.S.

Many of us are familiar with the historic connection between civil rights and transportation, from Plessy vs. Ferguson in the 1890s to the Montgomery Bus Boycott in the 1960s, writes Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink, in a recent e-mail to PolicyLink followers. Today, transportation remains a 21st century civil rights issue for minorities and low-income people. For example, nearly 20% of African American households, 14% of Latino households, and 13% of Asian households lack access to automobiles, compared with nearly 5% of white households. Also, nearly 60 percent of public transportation riders are people of color. For decades, advocates all over have continued to push for much-needed reforms in America’s transportation policies that will help ...

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Cancer Survival and the Hispanic Paradox

A new study of cancer survival among Hispanics found important variations by Hispanic subgroup. The study, published in the journal Cancer Causes Control, indicates that, for cancers of moderate outcome, the adjusted risk of death was higher among all Hispanic populations in comparison with non-Hispanic Whites: 6% higher for Cubans, 11% for Puerto Ricans, and 13% for U.S.-born Mexicans. Foreign-born Mexicans, even with incomplete follow-up, had a 24% higher risk of death. No evidence of a Hispanic advantage was found in cancer survival. The researchers, who studied all 1.2 million cancer cases diagnosed during 1995-2003 in Florida and Texas, suggest improvements are needed in mortality follow-up procedures for Latinos, especially for those without a valid social security number. "By ...

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Arthritis Takes Varying, Heavy Toll on Hispanic Groups

Rates of arthritis vary among different Hispanic groups, but its overall effects appear to be substantial across groups, according to an analysis of national CDC survey data, MedPage Today reports. According to the report: Subgroups of Hispanic patients reported different rates of doctor-diagnosed arthritis, with 11.7% of Cubans and Cuban-Americans saying they had some form of arthritis, compared with 21.8% of Puerto Ricans -- similar to rates of 22.6% among non-Hispanic whites and 21.4% among non-Hispanic blacks, reported Louise Murphy, PhD, of the CDC, and colleagues. At the same time, more than 20% of all Hispanic subgroups with some form of arthritis also reported suffering one or more of its effects -- activity and work limitations and severe joint pain -- Murphy and her ...

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Hispanics, Other Minorities Less Likely to Get Treatment for Depression

The percentage of white adolescents who received any major depression treatment was higher (40%) than blacks (32%), Hispanics (31%), and Asians (19%), according to a new study. Black, Hispanic, and Asian adolescents were also significantly less likely than whites to receive treatment for major depression from mental health professionals or medical providers, and to have any mental health outpatient visits (all after adjusting for demographics and health status). The adjustment for socioeconomic status and health insurance status accounted for only a small portion of the estimated differences in major depression treatment measurements and outpatient utilization across racial/ethnic groups. Other factors, such as stigma and limited proficiency in English, possibly contributed to ...

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Educating Hispanics About Diabetes is Critical

For clinicians providing health care for vulnerable populations, such as low-income patients, ethnic minorities or immigrants who speak little English, educating about the risks of diabetes can be daunting, but it is especially critical among Hispanics, the Clinical Advisor reports. Health care practitioners may need to navigate language barriers, cultural differences and health-literacy challenges to effectively educate patients, according to the news report.  Diabetes is the seventh-leading cause of death in the U.S. Hispanics face many grim diabetes disparities, according to the report: 10.5% percent of Hispanics ages 20 or older have diabetes 8.2% percent of Cubans 11.9% percent of Mexican Americans 12.6% percent of Puerto Ricans Other data show that Hispanics ...

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Liver Cancer Rapidly Increasing in Latino Men in California

Rates of liver cancer in U.S.-born Hispanic men in California have increased by 87%, according to scientists at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC), who looked at a recent 16-year span of statewide cancer registry data, Hispanically Speaking News reports. These men are at a significantly higher risk of liver cancer than California Hispanic men born outside of the U.S. Liver cancer risk is also higher among both Hispanic males and females in more ethnically isolated and lower income areas of the state. The results of this study, which is the first to examine liver cancer rates by neighborhood acculturation level and socioeconomic status, were recently published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. “California Health Interview Survey data show ...

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