La fibra en las frutas y en las verduras

Los mercados al aire libre y las granjas locales en agosto son todo un espectáculo visual, donde se encuentran jugosos melocotones, ejotes frescos, tomates maduros y elotes. Estas frescas y deliciosas frutas y verduras –que están siendo celebradas durante el National Farmers Market Week- ayudan a prevenir el aumento de peso, reducen el riesgo de enfermedades crónicas, y además aumentan la energía y la salud del corazón. Por eso, deberíamos de comer cinco o más porciones al día. Como parte del programa de UnidosUS (anteriormente NCLR, por sus siglas en inglés) Comprando Rico y Sano, trabajadores de la salud de la comunidad, llamados promotores de salud, están ayudando a las personas a comer más frutas y verduras. En sus charlas nutritivas ofrecen tips para comprar más sano en los mercados al aire libre y en el supermercado.

La mayoría de nosotros sabemos que las frutas y las verduras son nutritivas, libres de colesterol, y naturalmente bajas en grasas y calorías. También son una buena fuente de fibra, la cual ayuda a mantener los niveles de energía y hacen que las personas se sientan llenas durante un largo período de tiempo con menos calorías. La fibra también juega un papel importante ya que baja los niveles de colesterol y regula nuestro sistema digestivo. Es fundamental comer suficiente fibra dado a que previene el aumento de peso o el adelgazamiento, reduce el riesgo de enfermedades cardíacas, diabetes y algunos tipos de cáncer.

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Need More Fiber? Eat Your Fruits and Veggies!

The farmers market and local farms in August are a visual feast featuring juicy peaches, fresh green beans, ripe tomatoes, and sweet corn. Fresh, delicious fruit and vegetables—being celebrated during National Farmers Market Week—help prevent weight gain, reduce the risk of chronic disease, and increase energy and heart health. We should eat five or more servings daily. As part of UnidosUS’s (formerly NCLR) Comprando Rico y Sano program, community health workers—known as promotores de salud—are helping people eat more fruit and vegetables. Their nutrition education classes—or charlas—offer tips on healthy shopping at farmers markets and grocery stores.

Most of us know that fruits and vegetables are nutritious, cholesterol-free, and naturally low in fat and calories. They are also a good source of fiber which helps maintain energy levels and makes people feel full for longer periods of time with fewer calories. Fiber also plays a role in lowering cholesterol levels and keeping our digestive systems regular. Eating enough fiber is critical to help prevent weight gain or lose weight, and reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers.

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Sea Mar Health Centers Reaches Migrant Farm Worker Families Where They Are

As part of our work with Red Nose Day to come together to end child poverty, one nose at a time, we launched the Healthy and Ready for the Future initiative in 2016. The program provides a healthy start in oral health and early education for Latino children from migrant and seasonal farmworker families across rural America.

We invited one of our Affiliate partners on this initiative, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, a federally qualified health center (FQHC) in Seattle, Wash., to share their experiences working with migrant and seasonal farmworker families.  

By Jennifer Vigil, Dental Program Manager, Sea Mar Community Health Centers

Sea Mar Community Health Centers Staff. Photo: Sea Mar Community Health Centers Facebook page.

Washington state boasts an abundance of rich terrain: lush rain forests, lakes, rivers, streams, majestic mountains, miles of tulip fields, and acres upon acres of agricultural farmland as far as the eye can see. Woven in the fabric of this landscape is a population of equally beautiful, hard-working, humble, and underserved people—migrant farm workers.

For decades, Sea Mar Community Health Centers have extended hands and hearts to provide basic health care services to the state’s growing population of migrant farm workers. In the many clinics throughout Western Washington as well as rural outreach programs, Sea Mar teams have joined forces to meet people where they are. This frequently means caring for patients in one of our 22 urban clinics, or establishing tents and mobile clinics in rural agricultural communities.

The effect on the lives of those served is nothing short of beautiful.

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It’s Time to Get Those Noses On!

Red Nose Day is almost here! But you don’t have to wait for May 25 to do your part to put an end to child poverty. Last week, we shared a story about how Red Nose Day’s support of NCLR has helped us connect Yesenia Chavez with affordable dental services in her home town. Through our Healthy and Ready for the Future campaign, and with Red Nose Day’s support, we’ve made more than 18,500 referrals. And more than 7,300 children received dental services.

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Red Nose Day USA is Helping NCLR Promote Good Oral Health

Yesenia Chavez Medina with her 4-year old son, Miguel Angel, ready for his dental check-up at one of Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo’s dental clinics.

Yesenia Chavez Medina had just moved to Westmorland, Calif. when she attended a presentation on children’s oral health led by two community health workers (CHWs) from Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo (CDSDP)—a Federally Qualified Migrant Health Center in Brawley, Calif. Supported by Red Nose Day Fund in 2016, the health center is part of the National Council of La Raza’s Healthy and Ready for the Future initiative which provides a healthy start in oral health and early education for Latino children from migrant and seasonal farmworker families across rural America.

While the CHWs, Cecilia Cota and Ana Solorio, discussed the importance of taking care of children’s oral health, the message struck Yesenia to her core. She considered herself a responsible mom, diligent about her children having health insurance through Medi-Cal and a stable family life despite having to move around as a migrant farmworker. Yet, she realized she had neglected their teeth. She feared her youngest sons, Miguel Angel, 4, and Jose Luis, 11, had cavities because they “sometimes complained of pain in their mouth or had what looked like rotting teeth.” Yesenia spoke with Cecilia and Ana, who helped schedule appointments.

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