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In one of my monthly articles I discussed the importance of nutrition. As a Latina, I value the relationship I have with food. Whether it is my mother's paella, pozole with my cousins, or arepas with coffee- food brings us together and helps create wonderful memories and lasting connections.

Our food is a declaration of our culture and our past. Our emotional and cultural connections to the food we eat and share often overshadows the fact that food is also meant to nourish our bodies.While the country is battling health problems, Latinas are in the midst of a health crisis. According to the Office of Minority Health:

Nearly 50% of Latina and Latino adolescents (ages 6-17) were considered overweight or obese, while  78 percent% of Latina women are overweight or obese.

 

 

Health terms as defined by the National Institute of Health:

  • Obesity- means having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which  means weighing too much.  Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for his or  her height.

 

  • Diabetes- this means your body does not produce insulin like it should. Your body needs insulin to keep your eyes, teeth, heart and liver working. People with diabetes have to take special care of their bodies, and have to follow strict diets.

 

The good news is that you can take control of your health! You can still honor your heritage while making small changes in your everday life. A combination of good nutrition, fitness, and a positive attitude can help you stay in control of your health and wellness. buena salud!

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