How Can Young Adults Support Their Partners in Preconception Health?

Healthy mind. Healthy body. Health baby. Whether you are planning to get pregnant now, next month, or in the future, preconception health is extremely important for Latino and all parents. When you hear about preconception health, one often assumes this responsibility lies with the women, but a man's health can be just as important when it comes to having a healthy baby. At a population level, preconception health can drastically improve birth outcomes by reducing the number of babies born prematurely or at low birth weights, according to the CDC. What should both partners do before planning a pregnancy? For Latino and all families, preconception health should involve both partners wanting to take initiative to improve the chances of a healthy pregnancy. Regardless of ...

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Univision’s Big New Latino Health Summer Campaign

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Salud America! is excited to serve as a partner with broadcasting company Univision's new national campaign to promote Latino health this summer. The campaign, Univision Contigo's Una Vida Mas Saludable, aims to inform, entertain and empower our Latino communities to live healthier. The campaign runs from June 18 to July 14. "Univision will cast a spotlight on various health issues impacting the Latino community," according to Univision. "[That includes] being active outdoors, addressing mental health in the Latino community, providing health and wellness tips, and discussing the importance of healthy aging." How We're Getting Involved Salud America! is partnering with Univision. We will share Univision Contigo's Una Vida Mas Saludable messages with the hashtag #MasSaludable. ...

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¡Por Vida! Program Makes Eating Out Healthier in San Antonio

Gilbert de Hoyos opened Barrio Barista because he enjoys serving coffee to West Side residents in San Antonio (67% Latino). He also likes to cook. So de Hoyos added a small menu. And he didn't want it full of unhealthy options, either. De Hoyos is among a growing number of eateries that have joined a city health program, ¡Por Vida!, that unites nutritionists with restaurants to promote healthier menu options. “San Antonio and especially the West Side have a reputation of not having healthy foods and I want to change that by cooking delicious foods that also support a healthy life," de Hoyos said. “It’s my way of giving back to the community." One of those options is his roasted vegetable tacos with remoulade sauce served on a corn tortilla, Kens5 reports. The ...

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How Community and Faith Groups Are Igniting Action on Climate Change

Climate leadership comes in all shapes, sizes, and places. The Let’s Lead on Climate guide features stories from faith-based and community groups that engage their constituents to elevate climate action and solutions across the nation. “Whether you are a locally elected leader, pastor, nurse, or other community leader, this guide will help you take the first steps toward local climate leadership,” the guide states. The Guide Can Help Latinos and Many More Latinos are worried about global warming, but fewer Latinos view themselves as activists, according to the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. Latinos thus may not feel comfortable reaching decision makers or taking action. What can they do? The Let’s Lead on Climate shows key insights and lessons ...

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We Need to Talk about Climate Change and Health

If you work in a health field, you know that climate change impacts health. You know climate change causes asthma and lung disease. You know it spurs natural disasters that endanger food and energy sources. You know Latino and other communities are particularly affected. But how can you talk about climate impact to patients? Or to leaders who can drive solutions? Thankfully, Climate for Health and ecoAmerica have a guide, Let’s Talk Health and Climate: Communication Guidance for Health Professionals. “The health and medical community is uniquely positioned to advance the message that climate solutions are a health priority,” according to the guide. “[The guide] can help make health professionals as adept at talking about climate change as they are at addressing ...

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My People. My Family. Mi Sangre.

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Shortly after he was born, Bruno Lara got a fever that was hard to control. After two months in the hospital, Bruno was diagnosed with Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis, a rare and life-threatening immunodeficiency. His hope for a cure lies in finding a blood stem cell donor. To help Bruno and other Latino patients urgently searching for a genetic match, Be The Match, a nonprofit that aims to save lives through marrow and cord blood transplantation, launched a new campaign, "My People. My Family. Mi Sangre." "The cure for blood cancer is a blood stem cell transplant from a genetically matched donor – a “DNA twin.” Latino patients have only a 46% chance of finding one," according to the Be The Match website. Finding a donor for Latino patients is hard because of complex ...

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Study: Latinos Less Likely to Get Mental Health Care, Causing Missed Work

Latinos and blacks are more likely than whites to get the mental health services they need, and more likely to miss work as a result, according to a new study. The study, published by California-based Rand Corporation, found a relationship between untreated mental health problems and multiple absences from work. This has a big economic toll on Latino and black individuals and families, as multiple work absences usually mean lost pay or even lost jobs, reports California Healthline. The data shows that mental health problems caused 12% of blacks and 9.4% of Latino to miss four or more days of work a year, both higher rates than whites (7.9%). “This could have important repercussions for black [and Latino] Californians’ ability to earn income and stay employed in the face of ...

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At-Risk Residents Get a Cooking Class You Can Take Home for Dinner

Noemi Villarreal sees Latinos in San Antonio struggle with disease, and wants to help. That’s why she has helped launch family support connectors, and also developed farmers markets in the Eastside, a heavily Latino section of the city. The farmers markets did not work. How could Villarreal and neighborhood leaders still bring cooking and nutrition education to families to help prevent disease? Thinking outside the box, they created a series of classes that include a chef demonstration—and take-home bags so families can replicate nutritious food recipes at home. Encouraging Healthy Eating for Latinos San Antonio’s Eastside Promise Neighborhood (EPN) is home to 18,000 residents (67.5% Latino) who face health issues due to inequities in income, education, access to health ...

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Top 5 Ways to Keep Your Eyes Healthy

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Why should Latinos care about their eye health? Latinos have higher rates of developing vision loss, diabetic eye disease, cataracts, and other eye conditions than their white peers, according to recent eye research. For Healthy Vision Month in May, the National Eye Institute has several ways you can get involved: Learn how to keep your eyes healthy and safe Spread the word about eye health and safety Get to know Healthy Vision Month partners (including our team at Salud America!) Also, here are five important ways to keep your eyes healthy. Get an eye exam Did you know that more than 23 million American adults have never had an eye exam? If your eyes feel healthy, it’s easy to assume they are healthy. But getting an eye exam is the only way to be sure. ...

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