- Author: Rob Waters, Kaiser Health News
Saira Diaz uses her fingers to count the establishments selling fast food and sweets near the South Los Angeles home she shares with her parents and 13-year-old son. “There's one, two, three, four, five fast-food restaurants,” she says. “And a little mom and pop store that sells snacks and sodas and candy.”
In that low-income, predominantly Latino neighborhood, it's pretty hard for a kid to avoid sugar. Last year, doctors at St. John's Well Child and Family Center, a nonprofit community clinic seven blocks away, became alarmed by the rising weight of Diaz's son, Adrian Mejia. They persuaded him to join an intervention study run by the University...
- Author: American Heart Association
Hispanic Americans meet more heart-healthy goals than other racial and ethnic groups in the United States, according to a new study.
Compared to other racial and ethnic groups in the United States, Hispanics had higher rates of ideal blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, were less likely to smoke, and were more likely to get recommended amounts of exercise. Like most Americans, however, too few Hispanics ate a heart-healthy diet and too many were overweight, the investigators found.
Researchers analyzed data from nearly 16,000.../span>
- Posted By: Myriam Grajales-Hall
- Written by: UPI
About one-half of obese Mexican-American adults get any diet or exercise advice from their physicians, U.S. researchers said.
Ha Nguyen, an assistant professor of family and community medicine at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina, examined data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The researchers asked 1,787 obese Mexican-American adults if a doctor or healthcare professional ever advised them to exercise more or eat fewer high-fat and high-cholesterol foods.
The study, scheduled to be published in the July/August issue of the