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National Museum of Mexican Art to Showcase Gallery Highlighting Health Disparities Among Local Youth

Young Latinos are the future of this nation, but that future is at serious risk if the Hispanic community continues down the path of unhealthy lifestyles and eating habits.  NCLR (National Council of La Raza), Alivio Medical Center and Gads Hill Center recently undertook a project, sponsored by Sodexo, called “Reflejos de mi comunidad:  comida y estilo de vida” (Reflections of My Community:  Food and Lifestyle) to assess the barriers that prevent low-income, inner-city Latino youth face from eating healthy and living an active lifestyle.

This Saturday at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, Ill., NCLR will showcase the contributions of local youth who participated in a photo essay contest that asked them to portray their own eating and lifestyle habits.  The photo collection will be used in conjunction with parent engagement classes designed to teach parents how to promote behavior change that can result in improved nutritional habits among Hispanic children, families and communities.

Saturday, November 10, 2012, Noon–2:00 p.m. CST      

National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W 19th Street
Chicago, IL 60608