Archivo de la categoría: Obesidad infantil

Latino Health Collaborative: A Collective Effort to Make Healthier Lives


Photo by: Latino Health Collaborative Facebook page

Cynthia Luna, 38, has always been interested in supporting the health of the Latino communities in different ways and is one of the reasons she decided to join Latino Health Collaborative (LHC), first as a consultant and then as a director.

“The main mission of LHC is to improve access to health and reduce health disparities,” said Luna. According to the Census Bureau website, almost half of the population in San Bernardino is Hispanic or of Latino origin, making them one of the primary victims of health disparities in the region.

Several community members would like to practice a healthier lifestyle, but it’s hard to accomplish this when crime is high and access to good quality produce is scarce. The Office of Attorney General website has reported more than 9,000 violent crimes in San Bernardino for the year of 2010. Over 34,000 were property crimes, more than 31,000 involved larceny theft, and 405 crimes were attributed to arson.

“Community members shop for their fruits and vegetables in liquor stores, where they actually don’t have fruits and vegetables or what they have is spoiled. So you can tell the community to eat healthy, but how are they going to, if they can’t?” said Luna.

One of the things that always inspires Luna about LHC is the people who are willing to give their time. The San Bernardino Striders kick off event—an event geared towards involving San Bernardino residents in health education and physical activities—earlier in October this year, is just one example of how Latino Health Collaborative tries to reach out to its community members.

Located in Speicher Park, the San Bernardino Striders event included: smoothies, zumba fitness, fresh fruits, as well as health education sources. After a walk around the park, participants mingled and took advantage of all of these helpful resources.

According to the San Bernardino County Healthy Communities website, San Bernardino county is the fourth most obese region in the United States, seventy one percent of children who are in school are not fit, and two thirds of adults lack physical activity.

“I think that we need to focus all in collaboration,” Luna said. “In difficult times like this, collaborating with one another and sharing resources, that would be better for the region. If we could coordinate as a region, that would be very powerful.”


Preventative Health


Preventative health care is a solid method to establish and maintain a healthy life-style. With backing from the Affordable Care Act, this concept of preventative health care may seem foreign to many, ultimately it means taking preventative measures when approaching one’s health. According to the US National Library of Medicine there is a four-tiered preventive classification system in place: Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and Quaternary Prevention. The U.S. Institute of Medicine, the NIDA and the European Monitoring Centre all use this classification system. Primary prevention involves methods to avoid occurrence of disease. Most population-based health promotion efforts are of this type. Secondary prevention involves methods to diagnose and treat disease in early stages before it causes significant morbidity. Tertiary prevention involves methods to reduce negative impact of extant disease by restoring function and reducing disease-related complications. Finally Quaternary prevention involves methods to mitigate or avoid results of unnecessary or excessive interventions in the health system.
The Agency for Health Research and Quality brings insight on prevented health for those that have Internet access this website is very user friendly and can also be translated from English to Spanish. The service that is provided is essential for human service, especially for those who are not able to help themselves. Having the symptoms of possible disease and injuries make it much easier to look up and find out what is going on with your body.
The clinical information that is given by this website is very helpful for those who want to find out what precautionary steps to take in case they cannot make it to the hospital that very second. The browse for information feature allows you to choose from a list of subject area of interest in alphabetical order. From AIDS, dental Health, and minority Health. has a clinical section, which allows the reader to look at reviews to further educate yourself. The what’s new feature on the website stays up to date in the newest news, reports, clinical information, consumer & patients, funding opportunities, data & survey and research finding. helps to put out funding information for people to look and also see if their cause in the medical field can have funding assistance.

The location of Agency for the Healthcare Research and quality office of communication and knowledge transfer is located at 540 Gaither Road, suite 200 Rockville, MD 20850. The inquire number is (301)427-1104.­

by Manny Reid and Jesus Araujo

Madres contra la obesidad

Un grupo de madres ha decidido declararle la guerra a la obesidad, un problema que está atacando la salud de la mayoría de los niños hispanos en Los Ángeles.


Según los Centros de Control de Enfermedades (CDC) el porcentaje de obesidad infantil se ha triplicado en los últimos 30 años. El fenómeno parece no tener límite y se ha infiltrado en la población hispana colocándola en segundo lugar en desarrollar enfermedades relacionadas a la obesidad. Un grupo de madres, a pesar de la falta de recursos que existen en sus comunidades, han decidido romper las barreras relacionadas al sobrepeso. Estas mujeres han decidido predicar con el ejemplo y lo llevan a cabo con ejercicio y buena alimentación. Dentro del plan de acción han optado incluso por exigir desayunos y almuerzos nutritivos en las escuelas de sus hijos. Las madres reconocen que este cambio tendrá éxito si ellas ponen el ejemplo en sus hogares.

Vea el artículo y video completo en nuestro sitio: El Nuevo Sol.