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The Chances for A Healthier Lifestyle Diminish as San Bernardino Grows More Bankrupt

BELEN CHACON
EL NUEVO SOL—SALUD

Photo Credit: Good Faith Mediations

Photo Credit: Good Faith Mediations

When it comes to talking about San Bernardino’s distressing food and health situation, it’s almost impossible not to talk about the economics of the region. Several cuts have been made by the city council to preserve the city due to its recent bankruptcy.

Twenty-seven-year-old James Peddy was born and raised in San Bernardino. He feels as if the healthy dining options in the region are limited.

“I’d say the vast majority of restaurants or eateries that you see are going to be your chains, fast-food…even on Hospitality Lane, those are all your TGI Friday’s, your Chili’s, Black Angus, Olive Garden, all those,” said Peddy.

But it’s not just the public dining that needs improvement. San Bernardino doesn’t seem to be encouraging local residents to lead a healthier lifestyle.

“I never see any signage promoting healthy eating. At least when I graduated from high school the eating options in were horrific…certainly in terms of taste, but definitely in terms of healthy aspects. There were some options, but it just wasn’t enough,” added Peddy.

Chambra Spargo, a mother of three and a San Bernardino native, feels that the overall morale of the community is suffering due to its problems.

“The economy isn’t so good here. If you’re looking for a job a lot of the times you have to go outside of San Bernardino County. For instance, I work in Pomona because there are not really any jobs out here. So I know that affects a lot of people,” said Spargo. “I just feel like morale in the city is really low. People don’t take a lot of pride in this community, and I just feel like it really brings it down.”

In a recent case study by the Voice of California, the unemployment rate in San Bernardino County was 14.9 percent in 2010 and is now 15 percent as of September 2012, according to the Google Public Explorer website.

Spargo shops at Stater Bros. for her groceries, but sometimes prefers shopping at Fresh and Easy. Although it is in a less convenient location and the groceries are generally more expensive, Spargo is satisfied with the variety and the overall quality of the food.

“Food 4 Less by the way, I never ever go in. I think that the quality of their produce is horrible. When you go to pick out all the produce, there are a lot of fruit flies and stuff on it and it just looks sticky and dirty. I tried to buy mangos there one time and they were really mushy and when I took them home to cut them open, they were actually brown,” said Spargo.

After the Thanksgiving holiday last year, the San Bernardino City Council presented their final pendency plan where they voted

Photo Credit: David McNew/Getty Images

San Bernardino City Hall
Photo Credit: David McNew/Getty Images

to cut $26 million in spending in an effort to keep the bankrupt city from being governed by the county.

Some of these cuts include the slashing of the police force. About 80 police officers will be cut, which will more than likely result in a higher increase in violent crime.

“I feel safe, where I’m at now in this area, but in the past areas of San Bernardino, I definitely did not feel safe. My car got broken into twice, there were fights that would break out in our neighborhood, you would see people selling drugs, dealing drugs, on drugs…I felt really unsafe,” expressed Spargo.

It goes without saying that San Bernardino’s issues with crime and lack of healthy communities are directly correlated with the region’s unfortunate economic situation. Until San Bernardino’s economic standing improves, the future of the communities in the region won’t be a positive one.

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La epidemia nutricional afecta a los latinos

Según el CDC, o el Centro para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades de los Estados Unidos, la primera causa de muerte en latinos son las enfermedades del corazón.  

Foto de Manuel Morfín/ El Nuevo Sol

Por JOANNA RENTERÍA
EL NUEVO SOL-SALUD

“Simplemente, comencé una dieta a base de plantas… cambió mi metabolismo completamente y perdí 24 libras…”, mencionó el ex presidente Bill Clinton.

Clinton tenía fama de tener debilidad por la comida chatarra. A Clinton le gustaban las hamburguesas, las papas fritas y la pizza. Sin embargo, en una entrevista con CNN, el ex presidente le contó al periodista Wolf Blitzer sobre su nueva dieta vegetariana, dieta que según él le ha salvado la vida.

“Investigué y encontré información que decía que, desde 1986, el 82 por ciento de la gente seguía una dieta a base de plantas, sin productos lácteos, sin carne… el 82 por ciento de la gente que lo ha hecho, comienza a curarse”, dijo Clinton en la entrevista. “Su bloqueo arterial se limpia, y los depósitos de calcio alrededor de su corazón se disuelven”.

No fue sino hasta después de sufrir casi un ataque al corazón en el 2010 cuando Clinton decidió cambiar su alimentación. El cambio se notó inmediatamente. Clinton, de 66 años, perdió 24 libras y regresó al peso que tenía en la preparatoria.

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La mala alimentación y la obesidad incrementan el riesgo de contraer varias enfermedades, particularmente enfermedades del corazón, la diabetes y ciertos tipos de cáncer. La obesidad es causada principalmente por el consumo excesivo de comida, falta de actividad física y predisposición genética

Según el CDC la primera causa de muerte entre los latinos en Estados Unidos está relacionada con la cardiopatía, o enfermedad del corazón.

Algunos doctores aseguran que la obesidad no es causada tanto por las grasas sino por el consumo excesivo de carbohidratos refinados.

Robert Krochmal, Photo de Karla Henry/El nuevo sol

Robert Krochmal, médico especializado en nutrición y cuidado familiar.
Foto de Karla Henry/El Nuevo Sol

“Yo pienso que la cosa más importante en una dieta saludable es saber qué azúcar y qué carbohidratos, especialmente los carbohidratos refinados como harina blanca, hacen más daño”, explica el doctor Robert Krochmal, médico especializado en nutrición y cuidado familiar en Woodland Hills, California.

Harina blanca, arroz blanco, jugos artificiales, dulces, papas fritas procesadas, frutas y verduras enlatadas, son algunos de los carbohidratos refinados.

Con una de cada cuatro personas en el país identificadas como obesas, el doctor comenta que la manera de luchar en contra de la enfermedad no es haciendo ejercicio.

“El ejercicio no es la manera de perder peso”, dice Krochmal. “No estamos dando la información correcta”.

Krochmal agrega que el ejercicio es bueno para el estrés, y para prevenir enfermedades del corazón, pero la solución contra la obesidad empieza con una dieta saludable.

De acuerdo con el CDC, 40 por ciento, o dos de cada cinco de los latinos son obesos.

Un estudio de la Oficina del Censo titulado “Ingreso, Pobreza y Covertura Médica en los Estados Unidos: 2008″  indica que por razones económicas, la mayoría de los latinos en Estados Unidos se establecen en lugares de bajos recursos saturados de restaurantes de comida rápida, mercados o bodegas. Sitios que en la mayoría de los casos, no ofrecen comidas saludables.

“No hay opciones saludables cuando vas al súper o a ‘Food for Less’”, dice Linda Álvarez, profesora de estudios centroamericanos de la Universidad Estatal de Northridge (CSUN). “Son productos que están llenos de azúcar, están llenos de sal, son artificiales”.

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Foto de Manuel Morfín/ El Nuevo Sol

Álvarez comenta que es cuestión política y también, para ella, una lucha social. “Por esa razón, deberíamos luchar por cambiar”, dice.

Para Álvarez, la lucha comenzó cuando se convirtió en vegetariana. Lucha que ha continuado por ya diez años. La vegetariana, de origen costarricense, opina que entre más se preocupe la gente por su salud, más problemas serán resueltos.

Esto es algo que el ex presidente Clinton pudo comprobar de primera mano.

“Mis exámenes de la sangre han salido bien, mis signos vitales están bien, y aunque ustedes no lo crean, tengo más energía”, comenta Clinton.

Una dieta vegetariana no sólo le ayudó a bajar de peso, sino que también le ha cambiado su vida.

College Students Wonder: What Is Obamacare?

DARRIN JOHNSON
EL NUEVO SOL—SALUD

With the Supreme Court upholding Obamacare, and President Obama being re-elected, Obamacare is now inevitability. Obamacare is an overhaul of our current healthcare system, which will bring changes such as expanded Medicare coverage, an expanded time period in which young adults can be on their parent’s healthcare coverage, and making it harder for insurance companies to deny people with pre-existing health conditions.

However, there is both a lack of the facts on Obamacare and quite a bit of misinformation as well. A quick Google search of Obamacare will reveal a plethora of websites dedicated to discrediting this attempt at health reform. If one were to go off of what they found on page one of a Google search for the term “Obamacare” they would not come away with an encouraging picture of what it will do.

President Obama Signing The Health Care Bill

President Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House. March 23, 2010. Photo: Keith Ellison.

One segment of the American population that will be particularly affected are college students. Many are under 26 and are on their parent’s healthcare. Many college students will also be living with the changes that Obamacare will bring for many years. The individual parts of the new law will go affect incrementally. As a result, the full effect of it will not be felt until 2020.

Despite how much of an effect the law will have on college students, even they are not well informed on what Obamacare entails. This is not even taking into account whether or not students feel positively or negatively about it. It is rather about the lack of general knowledge on what it does.

The full text of what Obamacare includes can be found at http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/111/hr3590/text. This is the actual bill, so the language used can be quite technical. A simplified, but not complete, overview of Obamacare can be found at http://obamacarefacts.com/affordable-care-act-facts.php