Energy Balance Is Vital for Maintaining a Healthy Weight

By Alejandra Gepp, Associate Director, Institute for Hispanic Health, NCLR

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Most of us like to eat and have a hard time doing physical activity. However, it is common knowledge that if we eat more calories than our bodies need, then we will gain weight over time. A healthy weight is important for better overall health, preventing and controlling conditions such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and sleep apnea, as well as chronic diseases such as heart disease, and certain types of cancer. In addition, a healthy weight has the added bonus of giving us more energy and making us feel better.

Energy balance is critical to weight control and management. When the amount of calories we get from food and drink equals our bodies’ energy needs, we have reached “energy balance.” It is easy to think of energy balance as energy “IN” equals energy “OUT”.

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Promotores de Salud: Agents of Change for A Healthier Lifestyle

By Elizabeth Carrillo, MPH, Project Coordinator, Institute for Hispanic Health, NCLR

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November is National Diabetes Month, a time to bring attention to diabetes and how it affects nearly 30 million Americans. Latino adults are disproportionately affected by this disease, being nearly twice as likely as non-Latino White adults to be diagnosed. Many factors contribute to this disproportionate risk, including age, obesity, family history, and ethnicity.

Diabetes is a serious chronic disease that can lead to additional complications. The good news is that it’s manageable, and those who have better access to health care and community resources tend to be more likely to receive treatment. Adopting a healthier lifestyle is a key step to reducing one’s risk for developing diabetes. One way to better understand risk factors and learn about preventing or managing diabetes is by participating in culturally sensitive classes. They’re often free and led by peer facilitators or promotores de salud (community health workers).

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What Are the Benefits of Eating Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables?

By Elizabeth Carrillo, MPH, Project Coordinator, NCLR Institute for Hispanic Health

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The air is warmer, the sky is bluer, and the sun is brighter and out longer. Indeed, summer is upon us. The season means more outdoor activities and gatherings with family and friends, more barbecues or cookouts, and more opportunities to soak in some vitamin D directly from the sun.

It also means an array of fruits and vegetables in the produce aisle of our local grocery store, farmers market, community garden, or perhaps, in our own backyard—and not just any array—an array of fresh fruits and vegetables. Consuming fruit and vegetables is great for our health, as they provide our bodies with essential vitamins and nutrients, and help lower our risk of certain cancers.

Yet, consuming fruit and vegetables at their peak harvest point, in their freshest state, well, the flavor is simply better.

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Preparing Simple, Affordable, and Healthy Meals… !Si se puede!

By Elizabeth Carrillo, Project Coordinator, Institute for Hispanic Health, NCLR

We’re a quarter way through 2016 and by now some of our New Year’s resolutions about healthy living may have dwindled a bit. As we wrap up National Nutrition Month, let’s remember that keeping your health in mind all year long begins with everyday choices. Here at NCLR we’ve been doing our part to improve the nutrition of Latinos nationwide through our Comprando rico y sano program since 2010.

Comprando rico y sano is a program led by promotores de salud (community health workers) that seeks to reduce hunger and instill healthy shopping and eating habits among Latinos through nutrition education and enrollment assistance in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Promotores complement this education with grocery tours, cooking demonstrations, and hands-on activities that provide participants with the opportunity to further learn about simple, affordable, and healthy meals—all while keeping our Latino sazón and culture in mind. In 2015, 107,806 Latinos were reached with face-to-face nutrition education and SNAP information, and 2,021 participated in grocery store tours and cooking demonstrations.

Taste it in Spanish by Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger

Posted by Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger on Friday, January 8, 2016

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