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84% of kid-targeted food ads on Spanish-language TV promote food with low nutritional value.

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Obesity rates remain very high, putting Americans at risk for a range of health problems and adding a major burden to national healthcare costs. And, if we don’t act now, this generation of children may be the first in U.S. history to live sicker and die younger than their parents. Latino adult obesity rates have gone up by 10 percentage points since 2002- The State of Obesity a project for the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


September is Childhood Obesity Awareness month, check out the most recent statistics on childhood obesity in our state and across the nation. The State of Obesity report, shares our progress toward reducing childhood obesity, and the work that lies ahead of us to ensure our kids are growing up healthy and strong. adult-obesity-front-large
Read the full report: http://www.stateofobesity.org

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ILFC Kicks Off Hispanic Heritage Month at UIC FORUM, MAKING THE CASE FOR CHANGE

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They will present interesting data from their latest report regarding the Latino community in Illinois. Please share and join! Wednesday 9/10th 8:30AM at UIC.

ILFC 2014

Ivis Garcia Zambrana, PhD Student Ivis Garcia Zambrana is a PhD student in Urban Planning and Policy at UIC and a Research Assistant at the Voorhees Center. Before joining UIC’s PhD Program, she worked at various capacities as a planner. She holds dual master’s degrees from the University of New Mexico in Community and Regional Planning and Latin American Studies.

Dr. Maria de los Angeles Torres, Professor UIC/Executive Director at the Inter-University Program for Latino Research
María de Los Angeles Torres is director and professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She taught political science at DePaul University in Chicago from 1987 to 2005. She was a faculty Associate at Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, 2000-2001 and was a research fellow at Chapin Hall University of Chicago 2002.

She is author of two books, The Lost Apple: Operation Pedro Pan, Cuban Children in the US and the Promise of a Better Future. Boston, Mass: Beacon Press, 2004 and In the Land of Mirrors: The Politics of Cuban Exiles in the United States. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Press, 1999. She edited By Heart/De Memoria: Cuban Women’s Journeys in and Out of Exile. Philadelphia: Temple University, 2002 and co-edited, Borderless Borders: Latinos, Latin American and the Paradoxes of Interdependence. Philadelphia, Penn.: Temple University Press, spring 1998. She has also published on issues of diversity, “Democracy and Diversity: Expanding Notions of Citizenship,” in David W. Engstrom and Lisette M. Piedra eds. Our Diverse Society, Washington DC, NASW Publishers, 2006. She is a frequent contributor in the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers.

Currently she is a co-Principal Investigator for Youth Politics in the Age of Globalization, funded by Chapin Hall and the Kellogg Foundation and was Co-Pi for a National Science Research Foundation Project: Civic Engagement in Three Latino Neighborhoods. She was a UIC CIC fellow 2006-2007 and is a member of the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Diversity.


AHA | High Blood Pressure Research Chicago 2014 Scientific Sessions

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HBPR 2014
Cardiovascular disease afflicts people of all races, ethnicities, genders, religions, ages, sexual orientations, national origins and abilities. The American Heart Association is committed to ensuring that our work force and volunteers reflect the world’s diverse population. We know that such diversity will enrich us with the talent, energy, perspective and inspiration we need to achieve our mission: building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

The Council on Hypertension and Council on the Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease, welcomes you to the High Blood Pressure Research Scientific Sessions, held this September in San Francisco, CA. And November in Chicago, IL 2014.

This conference, focuses on recent advances in basic and clinical research on hypertension, is considered the premier scientific meeting on the subject in the world. The science submitted to this conference continues to bring us the most up to date developments on our understanding of: the causes of hypertension; its relationship to stroke, cardiac disease and kidney dysfunction; and the most effective means for detecting, evaluating and treating high blood pressure across diverse populations.

Christopher Wilcox, MD, PhD
Chair, High Blood Pressure Research Program Committee
Chief of Division of Nephrology & Hypertension
Director, Center for Hypertension, Kidney and Vascular Health
Georgetown University

CA- SEPTEMBER 2014: The Council on Hypertension is pleased to present…
The Excellence Award in Hypertension Research Supported by a grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation:

Life with Angiotensin Receptors
Thomas M. Coffman, MD
Professor and Chief, Division of Nephrology,
Duke University, Durham, NC

Mechanisms of Salt-Sensitive Hypertension
Toshiro Fujita, MD, PhD
Professor University of Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan

Many others were acknowledged. Read more http://my.americanheart.org/idc/groups/ahamah-public/@wcm/@sop/@scon/documents/downloadable/ucm_467272.pdf

IL- NOVEMBER 2014: The American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions has the BEST science and is the leading cardiovascular conference for basic, translational, clinical and population science. Join the global leaders in the cardiovascular community in Chicago 2014- McCormick Place. Nov 15-19, 2014

CHICAGO Hypertension Highlights at Scientific Sessions 2014
• Innate and Adaptive Immunity in Hypertension
Sunday, November 16, 2014, 5:30–6:45 pm
• Hypertension 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014, 9:00–10:15 am
• Contribution of Arterial Stiffness to the Development
of Hypertension: From Bench to Bedside
Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 7:30–8:45 am
• The Pressures of Aging
Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 5:30–6:45 pm
• Joint AHA/American Society of Hypertension Session:
Can We Identify Response Markers to Antihypertensive Drugs?
Wednesday November 19, 9:00–10:15 am

Sept 3 Deadline to become an AHA/ASA Professional
Member to receive early registration rates
Sept 17 Deadline for early registration rates
Oct 1 Deadline to become an AHA/ASA Professional
Member to receive member registration rates
Oct 15 Deadline for advance registration rates

Chicago McCormick Place

Promo Code: LInFriend
Conference Packages Early Bird Through September 17, 2014

Members Get Discounts. http://my.americanheart.org/professional/Membership/Membership_UCM_316891_SubHomePage.jsp

Scientific Sessions – 5 Day Conference Package Description
Saturday, November 15–Wednesday, November 19

Includes access to the Scientific Sessions program for all 5 days and access to the Science & Technology Hall Sunday November 16-Tuesday, November 18th.
Does not include access to the Resuscitation Science Symposium, Cardiovascular Nursing Clinical Symposium, or Arrhythmia Research Summit. $225

Scientific Sessions – 1 Day Conference Package Description
Saturday, November 15–Wednesday, November 19

Includes access to the Scientific Sessions Conference program for 1 day and access to the Science & Technology Hall on that same day.
Cannot be combined with the Resuscitation Science Symposium 2 Day Conference, Cardiovascular Nursing Clinical Symposium, or Arrhythmia Research Summit. $600

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Resuscitation Science Symposium 2-Day Conference Package Description
Saturday, November 15–Sunday, November 16

Includes access to the Resuscitation Science Symposium program on both days and access to the Science & Technology Hall Sunday, November 16.
Does NOT include access to the Scientific Sessions Conference, Cardiovascular Nursing Clinical Symposium or Arrhythmia Research Summit. $100

Cardiovascular Nursing Clinical Symposium 2-Day Conference Package Description
Tuesday, November 18–Wednesday, November 19

Includes access to Cardiovascular Nursing Clinical Symposium on both days and access to the Science & Technology Hall Tuesday, November 19.
Does NOT include access to the Scientific Sessions Conference, Resuscitation Science Symposium, or Arrhythmia Research Summit. $225

Arrhythmia Research Summit – 1 Day Conference Package Description
Wednesday, November 19

Access to the Arrhythmia Research Summit program ONLY.
Does NOT include access to the Scientific Sessions Conference, Resuscitation Science Symposium, Cardiovascular Nursing Clinical Nursing Symposium, or the Science & Technology Hall since the Hall will be closing on Tuesday, November 18th. $225

Joining me for the Sears tower climb Sunday November 2nd!

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Joining me for the Sears tower climb in November, Support The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago! imgres

About The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is the nation’s #1 ranked provider of comprehensive physical medicine and rehabilitation care to patients from around the world and is the leader in research and development of the most cutting-edge treatments and technologies in its field. Through aggressive medical protocols, RIC guides the patient care process toward a better patient outcome – involving repair, regeneration, and recovery of brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal function.


Be an Educated Exercise Enthusiast!

If you do two minutes of stair climbing — that’s a couple of flights — five or six times a day, in eight short weeks you can:

1. Increase your heart-lung fitness by almost 20 percent, upping your odds of a longer, better life.

2. Reduce bad LDL cholesterol by 8 percent, and raise good HDL cholesterol by about that much, shrinking your risk of a heart attack, stroke, erectile dysfunction and wrinkles (all are increased by LDL).

You gain the most benefit and lessen the risks when you exercise in your target heart rate zone. Usually this is when your exercise heart rate (pulse) is 80% to 85% of your maximum heart rate. Your maximum heart rate is the highest your pulse rate can get. To calculate your predicted maximum heart rate, use this formula:


For example, a 50 year old would have a predicted maximum heart rate of 170 beats per minute (220 – 50 = 170). So, this individual’s ideal target heart rate zone would be between 136-145 beats per minute (170 x 0.80 = 136; 170 x 0.85 = 144.5).


‘Cause You’re Worth It!

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Become a WomenHeart Champion or a Support Network Coordinator through a National Hospital Alliance member hospital!

If you are a woman living with heart disease and want to help other women by becoming a WomenHeart Champion volunteer community educator, apply today for the prestigious 2014 WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic! Or, if you are a woman heart disease survivor interested in establishing and leading a patient support group for women with heart disease at your local hospital through WomenHeart’s National Hospital Alliance, apply!

Applications are currently being accepted for the fall 2014 WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium. Symposium fees, meals, and hotel accommodations are covered. Deadline Labor Day Weekend. So apply today! to become a WomenHeart Champion or a Support Network Coordinator through a National Hospital Alliance member hospital! https://c.ymcdn.com/sites/womenheart.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Science_&_Leadership_2014/2014_Science_&_Leadership_Fa.pdf

Note to health care professionals: please share this announcement with patients who you think would make great volunteer community leaders, educators, advocates, and national spokespersons on the issue of women and heart disease. Act Now! wh-logo-160x160px

Applicants must complete and submit the application form, provide the other requested documentation, and participate in a 45 minute phone interview to be considered. For more information, call WomenHeart at 202-728-7199. https://womenheart.site-ym.com/?Programs_SL_Main


Nutrition for Active People

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Why exercise alone isn’t the solution to good health

“I’m so good at exercising, but I’m so bad at eating right” or “I train hard! and I can get away with eating whatever I want”. Many would like to believe that as long as you exercise, you can keep eating all the ‘bad’ foods that you love. Others think that supplements alone will keep you healthy. Sounds familiar?

The truth is you need all three. Relying on diet, supplements or exercise alone to keep you healthy does not work.


Fact: Two-thirds of the average calorie intake in modern countries consists of fat, sugar and refined flour.
Fact: Obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes are linked to excessive calories from fat, sugar and refined flour.
Fact: The calories in sugar are called ‘empty’ because they provide no nutrients, and those are often hidden in processed foods and snacks.
Fact: If two-thirds (by calories) of your’s diet consists of such dismembered foods, there is little room left to get the levels you need for all the essential nutrients, especially if you are an active exerciser.
Fact: Most nutritional deficiencies are linked to a disease. For example, insufficient intake of calcium and vitamin D leads to osteoporosis, and a low antioxidant intake has been linked to selected cancers.*love-your-body

Sport Nutrition

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Want to meet! Let’s assess what’s going on? Take the ÁmateAhora 90Day Fall Health Challenge. You Call It, We Track It! Benefits: You meet monthly, get your free body composite analysis, blood pressure screening, hip/waist measurements, nutritional coaching and your team support with Leticia Madrigal, MA. A mini-consult with our generous sponsor Dr. Estella Hernandez, MD. Added bonus 20 minute ZUMBA workout, so bring your workout gear.

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Want to dig deeper read. *Sport Nutrition – 2nd Edition. Publication Date: 30 Jan 2010. By Asker Jeukendrup (Author) and Michael Gleeson (Author) 488 pages Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers 2nd edition (30 Jan 2010)

Communicating AfterSchool? Read these one-liners

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Here’s some open ended questions, that are sure to spark an interesting conversation.

1. What was the best thing that happened at school today? (What was the worst thing that happened at school today?)

2. Tell me something that made you laugh today.

3. If you could choose, who would you like to sit by in class? (Who would you NOT want to sit by in class? Why?)

4. Where is the coolest place at the school?

5. Tell me a weird word that you heard today. (Or something weird that someone said.)

6. If I called your teacher tonight, what would she tell me about you?

7. How did you help somebody today?

8. How did somebody help you today?

9. Tell me one thing that you learned today.

10. When were you the happiest today?

11. When were you bored today?

12. If an alien spaceship came to your class and beamed someone up, who would you want them to take?

13. Who would you like to play with at recess that you’ve never played with before?

14. Tell me something good that happened today.

15. What word did your teacher say most today?

16. What do you think you should do/learn more of at school?

17. What do you think you should do/learn less of at school?

18. Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?

19. Where do you play the most at recess?

20. Who is the funniest person in your class? Why is he/she so funny?

21. What was your favorite part of lunch?

22. If you got to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you do?

23. Is there anyone in your class who needs a time-out?

24. If you could switch seats with anyone in the class, who would you trade with? Why?

25. Tell me about three different times you used your pencil today at school.

This post originally appeared on Simple Simon and Company by liZ Evans.
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/liz-evans/25-ways-to-ask-your-kids-so-how-was-school-today-without-asking-them-so-how-was-school-today_b_5738338.html

Listening is the best gift you can keep giving! for yourself, your children, your family, your community, your nation, your world.


Listen, experience their self expression, ever evolving!parenting-quotes-The-way-we-talk-to-our-children-becomes-their-inner-voice-Peggy-O-Mara