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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Celebrating Financial Capability Efforts to Support Latino Financial Well-being

By Agatha So, Policy Analyst, Economic Policy Project, NCLR

Financial Capability Counseling gives Latino families the information and tools needed to improve credit, increase savings, and build wealth. Through participation in a financial capability program, Latino families can access a range of resources and learn how to use skill-building tools and financial products that will help them achieve their financial goals, such as homeownership.

For Affiliate partners of the NCLR Homeownership Network (NHN), building families’ financial capability has never been more important. Because of the financial crisis nearly a decade ago, millions of Latino families saw their savings disappear when they lost their homes to foreclosure. At the same time, a rise in unemployment among Latino workers made it harder for families to the get the assistance they needed to save their homes. Today, a generation of Latino families are still recovering and trying to repair the damage to their credit when they lost their homes. Rebuilding by understanding how to budget, save, and improve credit is critical to economic recovery and the ability for Latinos to become homeowners.

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The Power of Promotores de Salud


On Twitter, NCLR joined @SaludToday for a #SaludTues Tweetchat on the power of promotores, who increasingly play an important role in promoting community-based health education and services for Latinos. See highlights from yesterday’s lively chat.
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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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