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Steps for Creating Culture of ‘Active Living’ in a Latino City



Physical activity is increasingly recognized as a critical way to prevent obesity, chronic disease and other serious health issues. But nationally, only 1 in 4 adults meet physical activity guidelines. Even fewer youths do. A local volunteer group is trying to change that in San Antonio, a Texas city whose residents, most of whom are Latino, don't engage in enough physical activity. The Active Living Council of San Antonio, a community coalition formed in 2009 by local health officials using federal grant funds, has created the Active Living Plan for a Healthier San Antonio to identify and implement effective strategies to help people partake in "active living." San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and his Mayor’s Fitness Council have endorsed the plan, which also has ...

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Healthy School Spotlight: Carroll Bell Elementary School



Check out this video about the great fitness and healthier eating going on at Carroll Bell Elementary School in San Antonio, Texas, a mainly Latino city. This video is from the Alliance for a Healthier ...

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Web Forum 4/16/13: Mobilizing Latinos to Address Obesity



Latinos have among the highest rates of obesity in the United States. A new web forum series, “Why Obesity Is Important to the Latino Community,” is launching at 12:30 p.m. CST Tuesday, April 16, 2013, focusing on the Latino community and obesity and overweight prevention. The series, organized by the Public Health Institute (PHI) of California, will air on PHI's Dialogue4Health web platform in both English and Spanish. Presenters will: Outline the epidemiology of obesity in accessible terms, and the underlying factors contributing to the obesity epidemic; Elaborate upon the link between obesity prevention and other social issues; Discuss the role of community empowerment through leadership and capacity building for policy advocacy and systems change; and Provide ...

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Latino TV Producer/Director Puts Spotlight on Health



In the movie The Killing Strain, Juan "Rick" Carrillo plays a soldier who escapes a helicopter crash to lead a small group of flu-epidemic survivors to safety. On screen, he was a tough, nothing-can-stop-him hero. Off screen, though, Carrillo struggled fighting the elements—mountain cedar had him blowing his nose, taking antihistamines and using his inhaler between takes. “I wasn’t feeling 100%, but the scenes captured during filming were very effective in telling the story of this gutsy soldier,” Carrillo said. “This always reminds me the great power a camera has on creating a world for audiences to absorb and be part of.” Today, Carrillo is putting his acting and film-making experience to work as a TV producer/director for the Institute for Health Promotion ...

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Report: A Mostly Latino Area of South Texas is Most Obese Region in United States



A predominantly Latino region of South Texas is the most obese area of the United States for the third year in a row. Residents of the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission metropolitan area have a 38.5% rate of obesity, according to a new Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Along with McAllen-Edinburg-Mission metro area, Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas; Reading, Pa.; and Huntington-Ashland, W.Va.-Ky.-Ohio, are among the 10 areas with the highest obesity rates for three years in a row. Nationwide, 26.2% of American adults were obese in 2012, unchanged from 26.1% in 2011. Residents of the cities with the highest obesity rates receive on average lower annual wages and are less likely to be able to consistently afford food and healthcare than residents of the cities with the lowest obesity rates, ...

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Videos: The Need for Healthier Foods and Beverages



Check out two new videos featuring experts calling for healthier food in schools and the need for healthier beverage recommendations. The videos are from the Robert Wood Johnson ...

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Video: What Americans Eat and the Food Supply



Check out this fun new video about what Americans eat and the food supply. The video, from the National Collaborative on Child Obesity Research (NCCOR), features the Healthy Eating Index (HEI)-2010 is a scoring metric designed to measure diet quality. That is, how closely an eating pattern or mix of foods matches Dietary Guidelines for American's recommendations. Scientists from the National Cancer Institute conducted a study in which they applied the HEI-2010 to the U.S. food ...

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New Quit-Smoking Hotline in Spanish



The New Mexico Department of Health has launched a new Spanish-language help line, 1-855-DEJELO-YA, to help New Mexicans to quit smoking. The service, called DejeloYa, is free to all participants and includes coaching to quit; a personalized quit plan; free nicotine patches, lozenges, or gum; and optional text messaging support. A Spanish-language website augments the phone ...

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Latinos & Cancer: Experts Tackle Cancer Myths, Disparities and Health Care in Webinar



A trio of experts discussed Latino cancer issues, including disparities, cancer myths, and health care issues in a webinar April 4, 2013, for National Minority Health Month. Speakers were: Amelie Ramirez, DrPH, director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio Elena Rios, MD, MPH, president of the National Hispanic Medical Association Rosa Villoch-Santiago, MPA, director of health disparities for the American Cancer Society’s South Atlantic Division Ramirez indicated that the rising U.S. Latino population faces heightened risks of certain cancer, compared to whites, according to a Saludify news report. Ramirez also said Latino cancers are expected to rise 142% by 2030. She also highlighted ways to reduce and prevent ...

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