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Wear Yellow for LIVESTRONG Day Oct. 2



On October 2, thousands of people will wear yellow to support LIVESTRONG and the fight against cancer. According to the LIVESTRONG blog: "LIVESTRONG is about people. We are about the 28 million right now fighting cancer. We are about their family members, their friends, their co-workers and classmates. If there is one thing we know for sure it is that we all have a story to share and the more we share the stronger our community." LIVESTRONG invites you to share your cancer story here and wear yellow in honor of LIVESTRONG ...

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Nourishing Latino Families: Challenges & Solutions



How can... Latino families overcome barriers to healthy eating? (Page 1) "Walking school buses" keep Latino kids fit? (Page 3) Health coaching improve Latino child and family health? (Page 4) Find answers in the new Salud America! E-newsletter. Also find out the latest in Latino childhood obesity policy, news and updates on Salud America!, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) network to prevent obesity among Latino kids. The network is directed by the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, which developed SaludToday. Visit Salud America! here. To sign up to receive Salud America! E-newsletters, go ...

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New Spanish Versions of ‘Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans’ Resources



Check out two new Spanish versions of helpful materials from the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, available thanks to the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. These materials offer adaptable strategies and tools for individuals to incorporate regular physical activity into an overall healthy lifestyle. Be Active Your Way: A Guide for Adults encourages individuals to get the amount of physical activity they need, based on the Guidelines and their own goals. Be Active Your Way: A Fact Sheet for Adults is a quick overview of the types and amount of physical activity recommended in the Guidelines. Download these and others English/Spanish resources from the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans ...

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San Antonio Families, Get Ready for Síclovía Oct. 2



Síclovía is a San Antonio, Texas, event to get people and families involved and active! From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, Síclovía will open up 2-plus miles along Broadway for biking, running, skating, and just playing in the street and adjacent parks, while redirecting cars elsewhere. A joint venture by the City of San Antonio and the YMCA, Síclovía is a Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative to prevent and reduce obesity in our community. Find out more here. To volunteer, send your contact info ...

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Depression Affects Preventive Health Screening among Latina Breast Cancer Survivors



Depression, in addition to other barriers, may prevent Latina breast cancer survivors from undergoing preventive health screening for colorectal and ovarian cancer, according to a new study. The study was presented by Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, professor and director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, on Sept. 19, 2011, at the Fourth AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Washington D.C. “Depression can make people more inattentive to potential risks to their health and more likely to ignore recommendations to reduce their risk,” Dr. Ramirez said. Because depression is more common among breast cancer patients than the general population and because 10% of all new cancers are diagnosed in cancer ...

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Study: Mexican Immigrants Quickly Adopt U.S. Diet



Mexicans who migrate to the U.S. often begin eating a typical “American diet,” which may put their health at risk, a new study shows, Futurity reports. Study researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found immigrants improved their diets in some aspects—more fruits and vegetables, low-fat meat and fish, high-fiber bread, and low-fat milk than they had in Mexico—but mostly in the U.S. they ate more saturated fat, sugar, salty snacks, pizza, and french fries. This could spell higher rates of obesity, diabetes and related diseases for Mexican immigrants. More from Futurity: Traditionally, overall mortality rates and death rates from cardiovascular disease and cancer are lower among Hispanic immigrants than non-Hispanic whites, but diet changes are ...

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VIDEO: Why Should Hispanics Get Screened for Colon Cancer?



In honor of Hispanic Heritage month (Sept. 19-Oct. 15), the Colon Cancer Alliance has created a 30-second public service announcement video in English and Spanish that emphasizes talking to your family about your family health history and getting a screening test for colon cancer. Hispanics often are diagnosed with a later stage of cancer, when the disease can be harder to treat. Colon cancer is one of the few cancers you can catch before it turns into cancer through the detection of precancerous polyps. The Colon Cancer Alliance is a non-profit that works to increase colon cancer awareness and screening test rates. Visit their Spanish website at ...

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WATCH: Webinars Tackle Latino Child Fitness, Nutrition & More



The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and PreventObesity.net have teamed up for a webinar series on Latino obesity issues. Register here for the third webinar, “Physical Activity in Communities and Schools: The Impact on Latino Childhood Obesity,” at 2 p.m. EST Sept. 14, 2011. You can also watch recordings of the first webinar, “Nutrition in Communities and Schools: What is at Stake for Latino Children,” and second webinar, “Food Marketing and the Consequences for Latino Children and Youth.” Please also check out this toolkit, "How Advocates Can Fight Junk Food Marketing to Kids," in English and Spanish from the Berkeley Media Studies Group. The group also has accompanying videos in ...

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Video Series Documents Challenges Latino Communities Face When it Comes to Healthy Eating



Editor’s Note: This post is part of an ongoing series that will highlight the work the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supports in Latino communities across the country. SaludTodayGuest Blogger: John Govea Childhood obesity and child hunger both plague the U.S. Latino community. Today, nearly 40% of our nation’s Latino children are overweight or obese. Latino children also account for about 40% of the one million children in this country who are living with hunger. Through its video project, Comer bien: The Challenges of Nourishing Latino Children and Families, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) sheds light on these problems and the need for far-reaching solutions to help families and children eat well. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the project features ...

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