Hispanic children are getting most nutrients, but eating too much fat

The Hispanic community has its own set of health challenges, including high rates of diabetes, plus kidney and cardiovascular disease. Children aren’t immune — according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, from 2005 through 2006 Mexican American children age 2 through 19 were the heaviest among all ethnic and racial groups in the U.S.

Los Angeles Times – Hispanic Children – Health

Just how their diets break down is the subject of a study in the June issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Assn., which analyzed the nutrition quality in diets of 1,030 normal weight and overweight Hispanic children age 4 to 19 in Houston who had low socioeconomic status. Quality was assessed using the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, published jointly by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture.

Overall, the diets of all children were adequate in most nutrients, but often surpassed the guidelines for total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and added sugar and salt. Looking more closely at the foods the kids ate, 68% of calories came primarily from soda, desserts, pizza, chips, fruit drinks, fruit juice, processed meats and burgers. About one-fourth of the children went over the maximum intake level of 25% for added sugars.

All kids came up short on fruits and vegetables — the average number of servings they ate was lower than the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommendation. They also fell below standards on consumption of vitamins E and D, pantothenic acid, calcium, potassium and fiber.

Several factors put the Hispanic population at higher risk for obesity. In this study, 91% of parents were overweight or obese, and parents’ income and education levels were low. Other issues reported in the NHANES study include limited health insurance coverage, acculturation to American diet and lifestyle, recent immigration, and access to medical care.

Researchers from the Baylor College of Medicine wrote in this study: “Knowledge of the dietary intake of children from low-[socioeconomic status] Hispanic families at high risk for obesity will provide a basis on which to build nutritional interventions and policy that are appropriately tailored to population subgroups.”


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Source: Los Angeles Times – Health
By Jeannine Stein
Photo credit: Francis Specker / AP

New, Personalized Spanish Story Book for Children

I happened upon this product and thought it was incredible. You have to try it for yourself at www.frecklebox.com and then select spanish (soft or hard cover) but keep on reading….

Santa Clara, CA (PRWEB) December 11, 2008 — Frecklebox, provider of personalized gifts for kids, announced today that it has officially launched its first Spanish product, a story book that includes an individual child’s name in a collection of nature settings. In the near future, Frecklebox plans to continue to expand its line of personalized Spanish story book and gifts.

Frecklebox lets customers experience the magic of image personalization. Everyone has seen books with a child’s name in text, but nothing beats the expression on a child’s face when they see their name spelled in actual images of clouds, flowers, stars, pigeons and more. Through its web site, frecklebox.com, the company makes it quick and easy to customize gifts that prominently feature the child’s name.

“We created Frecklebox as a way for people to give gifts that are as wonderfully unique as the child they are buying the gift for,” said Scott Feldman, president of Frecklebox. “The fact that we have been able to expand our product line into Spanish, is helping us meet a need for many of our customers looking for the perfect present in their native language.”

Frecklebox personalized spanish story book products include:

  • Story books – The Nature Name Book (available in English and Spanish), The Zoo Book, Hip Hop Howie, Happy Birthday and The Unicorn
  • Coloring books – Five different options make these popular as fun and affordable party favors
  • Posters, placemats and puzzles – Reasonably priced gifts for any occasion
  • Growth charts – A practical product that adds fashionable décor to any style room

About Frecklebox:
Frecklebox, headquartered in Santa Clara, California, was created with the mission to educate and entertain kids through a wide selection of personalized books, posters, journals and other products. Frecklebox is an online-only source for truly unique, personalized gifts for children at affordable prices.

For more information about Frecklebox and their products, please visit frecklebox.com.


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Hispanic Workers Profiled Because of Swine Flu

and the paranoia begins….

The Douglas County Health Department says about forty percent of the population in Arcola is Hispanic. And the phones have been ringing with concerns.

But it’s not all about symptoms and how to handle them. Some say they were sent home from the job because they had traveled to Mexico. So they lost a day’s pay and were asked to bring a doctor’s note to come back.

Translators say clients called them upset saying this is racism. “If there are people coming from Mexico, they’re assuming that they do have the virus which is not true necessarily,” said Mary Garza a translator for the Douglas County Health Department.

The health department says it’s spoken to several companies and organizations about swine flu paranoia. But they won’t tell us which ones have been sending workers home.

Health workers say panicking will bog down doctors who could be taking care of patients who need it.

The Douglas county Health Department runs the “Mi Raza” program.

Source: Cortney Hall

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 @06:29pm CST


Show taps into Hispanic culture’s Quinceañera

Quinceañera is one of the most important milestones in the life of Latinas. It denotes transitioning into womanhood. And here’s what’s happening in Utah.

April 28th, 2009 @ 4:11pm

By Candice Madsen

In the Hispanic community, when a girl turns 15 the celebration is almost as big, sometimes even bigger, than a wedding. The Multicultural Celebration Center in West Valley recently hosted Utah’s first Hispanic Bridal and Quinceañera show.

The Quinceañera is a coming of an age ceremony when a girl is welcomed into society. Much like a wedding, everything from a dress to a DJ is needed.

The show had elegant wedding dresses, vibrant gowns and everything else a bride-to-be or the soon-to-turn 15-year-old needs for her big day.

Jessica Garcia Fillmore not only played host, she helped organize Utah’s first Hispanic Bridal and Quinceañera show.

“I had never been to one before. They weren’t very common when I turned 15. Mine was more adapted to the Utah culture,” she said.

But with Utah’s growing Hispanic population, the Quinceañera is becoming increasingly popular and the celebrations bigger.

“People spend a lot of money on their Quinceañera and their wedding, and it’s an untapped market here in Utah,” Garcia Fillmore said.

Unlike typical bridal fairs that cater mainly to women, this event brought out entire families.

Ryan Winterton, with BrideAccess.com said, “With the Hispanic Latino population, the whole family is a part of this. This is a family decision because it’s a huge family and cultural decision.”

He says local vendors are just beginning to recognize business opportunities. “Hispanic, Latino weddings will spend around $28,000 on their wedding compared to other markets where they spend $12,000.”

Turn out at the fair exceeded expectations with more than 1,500 people. Garcia Fillmore says they appreciated all the attention given to important traditions within their community.

“The Latino community, I think they enjoyed the event because it made them feel welcomed. It made them feel acknowledged,” she said.

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School taking steps to fight swine flu

Associated Press

10:40 AM CDT, April 27, 2009

CHICAGO – Concern about a deadly strain of swine flu has prompted one Chicago school in a largely Hispanic neighborhood to forbid students from shaking hands.

Orozco Community Academy Principal Coralia Barraza also says when parents call to say their children are home sick, school officials are being told to ask more questions about the illness than they typically do.

Barraza says the school in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood is being particularly vigilant because it has a lot of Hispanic children and routinely enrolls students who’ve just arrived from Mexico — including one just last week.
She also says students travel with their families to and from Mexico.