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Hispanic Health News

Latino Community Will Get Help Getting Healthy with New LULAC Initiative

With the goal of reversing the rate at which Latinos are becoming obese or overweight, LULAC today announced a community health education initiative focused on healthy food options, the importance of physical activity and raising the awareness of the health disparities faced by Latinos. The initiative Latinos Living Healthy: Salud Es Vida is a series of workshops, health fairs and a public education component that will take place over the next year.

The program is being launched with the support of a $500,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation. Per the Office of Minority Health, one of the most pressing issues affecting this growing segment of the population is health; disparities in access, quality of service, and burden of chronic and infectious diseases.

The epidemic isn’t only focused on adults.  Among Latinos, the impact of the epidemic is disproportionate as almost 43 percent of Mexican-American children are obese or overweight, compared with 37 percent of white children.  Research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation indicates that 1 in 3 children in the U.S. are obese or overweight. The LULAC Initiative, Latinos Living Healthy: Salud Es Vida, is designed to reach Latinos across the United States and Puerto Rico. 

Through this initiative and the partnership with the Walmart Foundation, LULAC will implement a comprehensive approach that will educate the Latino community and expand on its community health education component to raise awareness around today’s healthy food options.