You are not alone

Some smokers find it very hard to quit even after they’re diagnosed with cancer.

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#AMATEAHORA says, The holidays can be hard for families battling cancer. We want to remind them that they’re not alone. Help us by leaving an inspiring message in the comments below!

The American Cancer Society‘s Great American SmokeOut was Thursday Nov 20th encouraging smokers to put down their cigarettes to pursue a healthier lifestyle.

Getting a cancer diagnosis does motivate some smokers to quit.

10548110_10152386929605667_9030543590403753136_oIn this Expert Voices blog, Dr. Lee Westmaas explores what we know about patients who continue to smoke after diagnosis, and how to help them quit. Read the full article click here > Courtesy of: J. Lee Westmaas, PhD

Using data from the American Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Study-II, we found that about 1 out of 3 smokers quit smoking when they were diagnosed with cancer. That compares with only 1 out of 5 smokers who quit but were not diagnosed with cancer during the same time periods studied.

Still have a very hard time quitting and here’s a few techniques that are working.

Even smokers whose cancer was not strongly linked to smoking (like breast 10393694_10154886088360301_3134559814384358797_ncancer) quit at higher rates than undiagnosed smokers. These results were not caused by the smokers being unable to smoke due to their illness; those people were excluded from the study.

We recently tested a program here at the American Cancer Society that we plan to adapt for cancer survivors. It’s an email program that uses information provided by the smoker (e.g., triggers, reasons for quitting, social supports, etc.) to send personalized, tailored information and advice before, during, and after a quit attempt. Preliminary results in the general population of smokers showed that this intervention increased the number of days smokers avoided smoking. With input from cancer survivors, we hope to develop a version that we can then test and make available for free to cancer survivors.

With the appropriate level of support and encouragement, along with inexpensive, easy-to-access resources, all smokers, including cancer survivors, should be able to take advantage of the latest treatments to help them quit.


Obesity is NOT OK! And weight-based bullying, fat-shaming NOT OK! Sign the OAC’s Petition to Remove all apps with fat-shaming.

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Along with potentially serious health problems, obesity also carries with it the burden of being the last acceptable form of discrimination in today’s society. Because of this, Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is calling on Amazon Inc., Apple Inc., Google Inc. and the Microsoft Corporation to take the following actions:

Remove all applications perpetuating fat-shaming
Modify application review guidelines to exclude the approval of any application perpetuating weight bias, stigma or fat-shaming

Fat-shaming apps have the potential to continue the cycle of weight-based bullying in our Nation. Add your voice to removing fat-shaming apps: Apps such as, “Fatify,” “Fatbooth,” “Fat You” and others greatly perpetuate fat-shaming and weight bias in today’s society. childhood-obesity

Children are the primary users of these types of apps, and the apps are teaching children that the disease of obesity is a funny cosmetic issue, which we know is not true.

A letter by OAC President/CEO Joe Nadglowski and OAC Chairman Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA, appeared in the Sunday New York Times! Read the full letter about why obesity is an important health issue and that fat shaming can actually make it worse: Stop Weight Based Shaming

Approximately 30 percent of girls with excess weight and 24 percent of boys with excess weight report being teased by peers at school. These apps have the potential to further exacerbate weight-based bullying and fat-shaming – especially in children. Stop weight shaming

The Health of Your Home Begins with you! Stop Childhood Obesity! La Salud De Tu Hogar Comienza Contigo! childhood_obesity


Childhood Obesity Is Not Okay? Join Us!

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Join our free 90Day Fall Health Challenge! Parents and Kids are welcome. Stopby Nutrimedicos 1719 W. 18th Street (60608).

Join the AmateAhora Challenge. You choose what you’d like to take on. For example: team 1 is dropping/managing blood pressure, team 2 dropping/maintaining body fat %, team 3 dropping/managing weight supervised by Dr. Estella Hernandez MD. She is a specialist in metabolism, weight management, and a bariatric expert. Along with Performance Psychologist Leticia Madrigal MA.

Call today 312-929-2927 and post your progress on social media #AmateAhora. You are not alone, you have a team to support you and each other. Obesity, is not okay. Let’s help each other and our families be healthy.




ÁmateAhora’s 90 Day Free Fall Health Challenge!

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Let’s do this! ÁmateAhora’s 90 Day Free Fall Health Challenge! AUG 28 @630PM. 1719 W. 18th Street (Pilsen, 60608). 2014 Fall 90Day Challenge Social Media BANNER

90 Day Free Fall Health Challenge. Monthly you will get a free body composite analysis, blood pressure screening, hip/waist measured, nutritional coaching with group support, and 1 0n 1 mini-consult with Dra. Estella Hernandez (by appt.). Don’t forget your gym shoes for your 20 Mins Zumba Shot. Let’s do this!


ZUMBA led by RadioHost Lenguas Al Aire 750PM, ZUMBA Master Oscar Reyes! ZUMBA ZUMBA2

Get Move-ivated 7wk Summer Challenge w ÁmateAhora

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Welcome to Get Move-ivated- Muevete! Muevete! w ÁmateAhora!
A group of powerful bilingual people who desire to lose or maintain weight and commit themselves to a workable, healthy lifestyle! This will be achieved by creating a structure of support, accountability, coaching, referral and idea sharing to customize a personal weight loss strategy.

Lead coaches: Becky and Leticia.

Becky Nishimoto, Physician Assistant and Health Aficionado
Becky Nishimoto

Leticia Madrigal, Performance Management Coach

Group activities are highly recommended and optional-
Our first activity is an afternoon of hiking at Matthiessen State Park in Utica, Illinois on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 2:00PM. You are responsible for your transportation to/from the park, but carpools may be available, so if you are interested, please contact Becky at 773-499-8180.

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Matthiessen State Park

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When is the first Group Conference call? Our kickoff group call will be a 30 minute call on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 5:30 PM (CST). The phone number is: 712-432-3092. The Conference code is: 486846. If you cannot attend the group call, the call will be recorded and you can call in to hear the recording at any time!

Join us! What do you need to do?
1) Start thinking about your personal health goals. Ask yourself: How do you define a healthy lifestyle? What actions can you start to take to achieve this lifestyle? How do you envision yourself to be when you are 60, 70 and 80 years old?
2) Send us your email for the health questionnaire and goal form then start filling them out! Make a note of your current height and weight today.
3) Invite anyone that you care about to participate w you. Get Move-ivated! Muevete! Muevete! w ÁmateAhora!

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