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Trends in Nutrition, Chronic Health Conditions Among Mexican-American Adults



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released the report on selected nutrient intake and chronic health conditions among Mexican-American adults. The report, Trends in Nutrient Intakes and Chronic Health Conditions Among Mexican-American Adults, a 25-year Profile: United States, 1982–2006, in this time span, the percent kilocalories from total fat, saturated fat, and protein intake among Mexican-American adults decreased, while carbohydrate and mean total energy intake increased. During this same time period, the prevalence of obesity and diabetes among Mexican-American adults increased and the prevalence of high blood pressure remained stable. The overall prevalence of high total serum cholesterol among this group did not differ significantly from ...

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Case Study: Closing Health Gaps for Latinos with Cancer



LIVESTRONG has published the case study behind its successful Latino outreach campaign that seeks to close the gap in health disparities for Hispanics diagnosed with cancer. The case study on the campaign, Navigating the Cancer Experience: Reviewing the Impact of LIVESTRONG's Navigation Services, indicates that in 2010 more than 25,000 Latinos were served through LIVESTRONG's direct support, print or online resources at LIVESTRONGEspanol.org. Also, the number of Latino survivors accessing LIVESTRONG’s free, confidential navigation services increased by 40%. The campaign also received an honorable mention for Multicultural Marketing Campaign of the Year at the recent PRWeek Awards. "LIVESTRONG is honored to be recognized by PRWeek for our work on behalf of vulnerable and ...

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VIDEOS: Health Efforts Helping Transform San Bernardino, Calif., and Hernando, Miss.



Throughout the country, people are coming together with a shared vision, strong leadership, and commitment to making needed and lasting changes that broadly improve community vitality. This is happening in large urban settings and small rural ones; it's happening in places with tremendous resources and in places with few resources to draw from; it's happening in places with relatively few health challenges and in places where the challenges are many and daunting. One place is San Bernardino, Calif. In 2006, officials launched the San Bernardino Healthy Community Initiative. Since then, 17 of the county's 24 cities have launched their own healthy city initiatives, including features such as Safe Routes to School, community gardens, shared resources and more. Watch more about ...

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Healthiest and Least Healthy Counties Ranked in Every State



More than 3,000 U.S. counties and the District of Columbia can compare how healthy their residents are and how long they live with the new 2012 County Health Rankings. The rankings, by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), are an annual check-up that highlights the healthiest and least healthy counties in every state, as well as those factors that influence health, outside of the doctor’s office. The rankings highlight the importance of critical factors such as education rates, income levels, and access to healthy foods, as well as access to medical care, in influencing how long and how well people live. Find the full rankings here. Find the county health calculator here. Healthier counties (those where people ...

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VIDEO: ‘I Choose Life’ Is Story of Latina’s Diabetes Experience



Check out this very inspirational video about one Latina's experience with diabetes. Her name is Joanna Puello. The video was written, edited, and produced by Puello for her class at Full Sail ...

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Vital Vaccine Information Now in Spanish



The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently launched a Spanish version of its vaccine information website, which aims to answer questions, educate about diseases that vaccines prevent, and connect individuals with resources to keep themselves and their families healthy. The Spanish version of the site includes the following: Easy-to-read vaccine recommendation schedules for all age groups and health conditions; Clear information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent; Tips on travel immunizations and staying healthy abroad; Resources regarding vaccine requirements for school or child care entry; Info on where to get vaccinated and programs to make immunizations more affordable, including a community clinic locator; and Tools to share content ...

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New Tools to Improve Access to Healthy Foods



Community leaders, here are two new tools to help improve access to healthy foods: Buy Fresh, Buy Local Can government agencies prioritize locally grown products when they’re buying food for places like schools, hospitals, jails, and other public facilities? It depends on state and local laws, funding restrictions, and other considerations. The Buy Fresh, Buy Local report looks at when and how agencies can give preference to locally grown food when they’re using tax dollars to purchase goods. Growing Change Debate is heating up on Capitol Hill over the Farm Bill, which is up for renewal this fall. This piece of federal legislation helps determine the types of food we eat and how much it costs — and local community leaders can play an important role in making sure it ...

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Obesity Rate Surges Among Mexican-American Adults



The percentage of obese Mexican-American adults has risen from 21% in 1984 to 35% in 2006 to 40% in 2010, according to new government data, USA Today reports. Mexican-American adults' obesity rates also were higher than the national average of 36%. According to the USA Today report: The percentage of Mexican-American adults with diabetes was 14% in 2006, higher than the most recent national average of about 11%. About 22% of Mexican-American adults had high blood pressure and 20% had high cholesterol in 2006. These rates have remained stable over the last few decades. The prevalence increases with age. The average intake of calories for Mexican-American men was 2,521 in 2006; women, 1,827 calories. Those numbers have increased by several hundred calories each since 1984. The ...

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Event Wrap-Up: Cancer Prevention and Women



Researchers from the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio taught a crowd of more than 30 health professionals and social workers the importance of providing bilingual and culturally sensitive health care at a unique training event March 8, 2012, in San Antonio. The event, “Cancer Prevention & Women: A Look at Programs that Address Health Disparities Among Medically Underserved Populations,” stemmed from a partnership between the IHPR and the San Antonio College (SAC) Empowerment Center. IHPR researchers Dr. Daisy Morales-Campos, Christina M. Carmona, Rose A. Treviño, Guadalupe Cornejo and Erika G. Casasola discussed Latino breast, cervical and colorectal cancer rates and cultural factors that impede individuals from ...

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