Latinas: Making Healthy Choices One Step at a Time

Trioby the Seton Healthcare Family
2016 Magna Cum Laude Corazón Award Sponsor and Mariposa Award Honoree

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” 
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

If the idea of getting healthy seems like an overwhelming task, just break it down to one step at a time. Engaging in some critical thinking can also help you decide what’s best for you. Ask yourself some questions. “Do I want to be more active? “Should I drink more water? “What if I do a daily journal to jot down how I feel? After all, when it comes to getting and being healthy, sometimes one size does not fit all.

Latina women and girls face some disheartening facts when it comes to maintaining good health. Statistics show that they are more likely to be overweight or obese than their peers. According to current estimates, more than 38% of Latino youth ages 2-19 in the United States are overweight.

Often we want to make healthy choices. We may even know what foods to pick. But that doesn’t mean healthy eating is a piece of cake! Here are some tips to help to keep mothers and daughters healthy for a lifetime:

  • Try not to make too many changes at one time. Make one or two small changes with success before adding any more. Even the smallest change for the better could have big results!
  • Think about which kinds of changes would work well for you. Try switching from ice cream to low-fat frozen yogurt, or eliminating one soda a day each week and replacing it with water.
  • Make a plan. Think carefully about what you want to do and how you will do it. For example, if you want to add more veggies, decide that you will crunch carrots instead of chips at lunch.
  • Set yourself up for success. Certain situations can make people eat more. You may be too distracted to realize how much you’re eating. For example, try eating at the kitchen table, not while watching TV.
  • Have some food fun. Get your friends involved with a pop quiz, for example. See if they can guess how many chips equals a serving or how much sugar is packed in your cereal.
  • Make it a family affair. Ask your whole family for healthy eating ideas, and try implementing them into your routine.

HealthyHealthy Living Camp/Campamento de Vida Saludable, June 16-17
Con Mi MADRE mother-daughter teams are invited to join us at this year’s Healthy Living Camp June 16-17. Each day will be different with fun hands-on activities, guest speakers, AND you get to choose what day to attend! REGISTER HERE.

Resources:
Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day by Leanne Brown
FREE downloadable cookbook with healthful recipes created for everyone on a tight budget.

Seton Healthcare Family Healthcare with a heart.
Ignite Women’s Health Program: Cooking Classes, Fitness, and more.

Sustainable Food Center
Strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. Programs include: Farmers’ Market and The Happy Kitchen/La Concina Alegre.

Austin Free Day of Yoga
All day Monday, Labor Day, September 5, 2016, participating studios across the Austin area offer free classes as an opportunity for people of every age and fitness level.

 

 

 

 

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