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.
At our 2017 Annual Conference in Phoenix last month, commentator, author, and immigrant rights advocate, Julissa Arce, shared the story of her journey from being an undocumented immigrant to becoming a vice president at one of the world’s most prestigious financial firms in the world, Goldman Sachs. She spoke about the importance of owning our narrative and being unafraid of who we are.
On the 52nd anniversary of the Voting Righs Act, we’re re-posting UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía’s call to action on the law’s 50th birthday. We cannot just commemorate the Voting Rights Act, we must also work to restore it.
By Janet Murguía, President and CEO, UnidosUS
The year 1965 is a landmark for civil rights in our nation—it is the year President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act (VRA) into law, a turning point in the fight for equality and the eradication of institutionalized discrimination in the United States. Many consider the VRA to be the most significant piece of civil rights legislation in the country’s history—for years it has helped ensure historically disenfranchised and segregated minority communities are given equal access to the voting booth and an equal voice in determining our national destiny. Following the enactment of the VRA, electoral participation in Black and Latino communities soared as did the number of elected minorities. As a result, today we have a much more diverse electorate and Congress.
Last month in Phoenix, Maricopa CountySheriff Paul Penzone joined us at our 2017 Annual Conference and spoke out against the current political climate that has denigrated immigrants. Penzone contended that to seek change we must not only speak out, but we must follow our disapproval with even stronger actions. To have a better community, we must unite and come together to protect our freedoms.
Water can help solve these issues for kids, but Latino kids don’t have access to clean drinking water as often as white kids, and they are more dehydrated.
That’s why we are joining the new #SaludWater health social media campaign!
#SaludWater—led by the Salud America! national network for healthy change for Latinos—promotes actions, awareness, and grassroots solutions to inspire local change to give Latino children more access and opportunity to drink water.