Friday, September 20, 2019

Guest Blogger: Roberto Adrian Fierro “Latino Culture Rooted in Food Day Values”

Growing up in Mexico, food was a very important part of my life and upbringing. Food brought family together. In el campo, bonds were formed and culture shared, y en la cocina lessons were learned and recipes passed down to younger generations. I vividly remember helping my grandmother pick fresh peppers for her famous chorizo […]

Are Hispanic Girls Hitting Puberty Earlier As A Result of Childhood Obesity?

By Hope Gillette, Saludify Hispanic girls are hitting puberty at an average age of 9.3 years, a younger time frame compared to non-Hispanic white girls and girls of Asian descent, according to data published in the journal Pediatrics. Only African American girls were found in  the research to have an earlier puberty onset–at approximately 8.8 years. The […]

Obesity and Diabetes Rising with Latinos, But Can Be Easily Prevented

A recent report from the United Health Foundation revealed that health concerns around obesity and diabetes continue to rise within the Latino community, affecting 31% of Latinos in the U.S. The rate at which obesity and diabetes affects the Latino community is almost commensurate with the rate for the general population in the country, which […]

Obesity Among Top Health Concerns for Latino Community

Obesity is one of the leading health issues in the United States, and this is no exception in the Latino community. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) (hyperlink only name, not bracket), 39.1% of Latino adults are considered obese, defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater based on […]

First Lady Promotes Healthy Food at Site of Future California Latino Supermarket

As part of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” campaign, an initiative to boost healthy foods and fitness, Mrs. Obama recently made a two-day visit to the Los Angeles area. While there, she visited the site of a future Northgate Gonzalez Market in Southern California. Mrs. Obama believes that the implementation of a new supermarket in […]

Initiatives Target Improving Latino Health

America’s health challenges include dramatic increases in diabetes, obesity, heart ailments and other diseases driven by sedentary lifestyles, obesity and poor nutrition. Last week, Harvard University and Imperial College in London announced that the global incidence of diabetes has doubled since 1980. Furthermore, the United States ranks as the country with the highest body mass indexes which contribute to a number […]

New Study finds Parents’ Sedentary Lifestyle may contribute to Latino Children’s Excess Weight

According to a new research study published this week in the journal Pediatrics, lack of play time and leisure activity has contributed to Latino kid’s excess weight. Researchers at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital conducted a study to test the relationship of parent’s physical activity compared to that of their children.  They tested Hispanic parents and children […]

National Hispanic Medical Association Briefs Congress on Childhood Obesity among Hispanics

On Wednesday, the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) briefed Congress at a hearing over the obesity epidemic impacting Hispanic children. Almost a fifth of Hispanic children in the US are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We are bringing experts to Congress to discuss strategies that work to reduce obesity among […]