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Latino Diabetes Association Founder Nominated for Award

The Latino Diabetes Association has announced that its founder, Heberto M. Sanchez, is a finalist for the first-ever Los Angeles Business Journal Latino Business Awards in the non-profit category along with 14 other honorees. Sanchez founded the Latino Diabetes Association ("LDA"), a 501c3 nonprofit organization, in 2003, after his father's death that resulted from complications caused by diabetes. His family's experience dealing with his father's diabetes left an impact in his life that resonates in the work of the LDA. Under Sanchez, the LDA has: developed a grass roots outreach program that has provided diabetes education in both Spanish and English to thousands of families in the Los Angeles area since 2004; established the LDAkids.org Web site for interactive on-line video ...

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Nat’l Program to Reduce Health Inequities in Latino, Minority Communities

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has awarded grants of up to $250,000 to 10 local organizations to implement community-based strategies to build and sustain healthy neighborhoods from East Los Angeles to Harlem. The 10 groups are funded through Communities Creating Healthy Environments (CCHE), a new RWJF national program, and will organize community residents to become more involved in the policy-making process and build public support for changes to help families lead healthier lives. CCHE will help them develop effective interventions to address root causes of childhood obesity in their communities. The 10 selected groups are: Inner City Struggle, East Los Angeles, Calif., empowers youth and adults to advocate for school policy changes. Asian Pacific Environmental ...

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Award-winning cancer resource available in Spanish

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, make sure you have the Cancer Survival Toolbox®, a free, award-winning program that helps people develop essential skills to deal with cancer, such as finding reliable information, communicating with your doctor and finding ways to pay for care. Each section of the program is available in Spanish. Two new stand-alone sections focus on living with multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. The Toolbox can help anyone who is facing hard decisions due to cancer, and can be used by family members or caregivers on behalf of someone else affected by cancer. You can read and listen to each program for free here or download free podcasts from iTunes. To order a free CD version of the program in English or Spanish, go here or call ...

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New Bi-Cultural Anti-Smoking Campaign Targets Latino Youths

Smoking makes you "Stupidiota." That's the simple thought behind the new bi-cultural youth smoking prevention campaign by DC Tobacco Free Families, which seeks to empower Latino youths to become the messengers and stewards of this cause. A powerful and fascinating creation of Communications-Marketing agency, Elevation, Stupidiota features two TV PSAs inspired by popular video games (The SIMS and World of War Craft), a radio PSA with a catchy Reggaeton beat and other guerilla marketing tools. The campaign equips youth with the tools they need to stay tobacco free and proclaim No Soy Stupidiota (I ain’t no Stupidiota). For more information on Stupidiota, click here. Watch the stupidiota PSA inspired by World of War Craft here or ...

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Cancer Center Adds Spanish-Language Support Group

Washington's Tri-Cities Cancer Center has started a support group for Spanish-speaking women dealing with cancer because exisitng English support groups didn't meet the Hispanic community's needs, the Tri-City Herald reports. The new group helps educate Hispanic men and women about their cancer. Here's more from the news report: The group is facilitated by Monica Escareo, an interventionist/health educator for the Center for Hispanic Health, part of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Escareo said the Center for Hispanic Health already has three Spanish-language cancer support groups in the lower Yakima Valley. Some Hispanic women feel like the disease is their fault, Escareo said. A support group can help change that and reassure them that not all cancers are terminal. ...

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New Spanish-Language Reality Show Competition Focused on Healthy Living

On Jan. 30, Puerto Ricans and other Hispanics living in the U.S. can tune in to a new original reality show competition aimed at giving Puerto Ricans a Total Transformation of lifestyle, which will air in the United States exclusively on WAPA America, the U.S. cable network arm of Puerto Rico's leading broadcaster. The new show, titled "Transformacion Total" (Total Transformation), will place 18 contestants from all regions of Puerto Rico together in a house for 15 weeks where they will work with a group of professionals as they take important steps toward adopting a new, healthy lifestyle. Former Miss Universe Zuleika Rivera will host the ...

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NEW! Latino Cancer PSA: Breast Cancer

Please watch our new Latino cancer PSA: "Fast Life." This true-to-life PSA shows that, despite busy lives, Latinas ages 40 and older should set aside time to take care of their own health and get their mammogram each year that can detect breast cancer early, when it is most treatable. Watch in English: Or watch in Spanish: How did this PSA affect you? Did it move you? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments ...

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New Spanish-Language Health Magazine

salud magazine

There's a new Spanish-language health magazine out called NIH MedlinePlus Salud. The magazine aims to provide reliable, up-to-date health information, breakthroughs from National Institutes of Health (NIH) research and real-people features. The Fall 2009 issue, pictured at right, features a story about Spanish-language TV personality Don Francisco, star of Sábado Gigante. Francisco was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at age 60. Get a free subscription ...

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Melanoma Diagnosed Later in Latinos, Blacks

Melanoma skin cancer is becoming more common among Hispanics and whites, and it is more likely to be diagnosed at a more advanced stage among blacks and Hispanics, new research shows. Melanoma is the least common but most deadly type of skin cancer. University of Miami researchers focused on 41,072 Florida residents diagnosed with the disease between 1990 and 2004. As expected, most cases — more than 39,000 — were seen in non-Hispanic whites. An additional 1,148 occurred in Hispanic whites, while 254 cases occurred among black men and women. Non-Hispanic whites accounted for most of the melanoma cases, but the timing of their diagnoses steadily improved. In contrast, timing of diagnoses did not improve in blacks and Hispanic whites, according to a news report about the study, which ...

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