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Healthy Eating Habits Matter!

Posted by Oralia Garcia Dominic on 04/14/2011 @ 06:15 PM

Healthy Eating Habits Matter!

Written by Oralia Garcia Dominic, Ph.D., M.A., M.S.

Greetings!

Spring is finally here! Don’t you just love the spring season – the transition period between winter and summer? The spring colors and warm weather broadly embrace the idea of rebirth and, yes, rejuvenation too!

For some, spring is an excellent time to explore ways to satisfy one’s senses and to take care of one’s health, including the mind, body and soul!

In honor of National Nutrition Month, which is celebrated each March, I want to remind you about the importance of healthy eating habits for optimum health. By treating yourself well now, you can prevent obesity and delay the onset of chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

The USDA and HHS provide new “2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans” to help us make healthier food choices. Some few general recommendations are:

• Maintain a healthy weight by balancing calories with physical activity
• Consume more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
• Consume less processed foods, which are high sodium, added sugars, saturated and trans fat
• Read food labels
• Pay attention to food portion size
If wish to learn more about healthy eating habits or the 2010 Dietary Guidelines go to www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines and talk to your doctor.

Dear friends, I hope this spring is the start of your rebirth and rejuvenation that continues into the summer and beyond! Take good care of yourself and feel free to send me your health questions to ¡Hola, Oralia! Email: Dr.OraliaGarciaDominic at gmail dot com.

Together we can help keep ourselves and our families healthy!

¡Salud!

Nutrition Resources:
More health information to come soon at the LULAC National Blog!

American Dietetic Association
USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center
www.healthfinder.gov/prevention
www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines
2010 Dietary Guidelines
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Edited by Amanda Keammerer, Community Relations Manager, LULAC National Office


Los hábitos Alimenticios Saludables Cuentan!

Oralia Garcia Dominic, Ph.D., M.A., M.S.
¡Hola! Marzo ya está aquí y la primavera estará sobre nosotros pronto! ¿No te encanta la temporada de primavera, el período de transición entre el invierno y el verano? Los colores de la primavera y el clima cálido abrazo en términos generales la idea del renacimiento y el rejuvenecimiento también! Para algunos, la primavera es un momento excelente para explorar formas de satisfacer los sentidos, y cuidar de la salud, incluyendo la mente, cuerpo y alma!

En honor del Mes Nacional de Nutrición, que se celebra cada mes de marzo, quiero recordarles sobre la importancia de hábitos alimenticios sanos para una salud óptima, y la aparición de demora y el aplazamiento de las enfermedades crónicas como la diabetes, cáncer, enfermedades cardíacas y la obesidad.

El USDA y el HHS proporcionará nuevas "2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans" que nos ayude a elegir alimentos más saludables. Algunas de las recomendaciones de carácter general son:

• Mantenga un peso saludable, equilibrando las calorías con la actividad física
• Consuma más frutas, verduras y granos enteros
• Consuma menos alimentos procesados, que a veces son altos en sodio, azúcares agregados, grasas saturadas y grasas trans
• Lea las etiquetas de los alimentos
• Preste atención al tamaño de la porción de alimentos

Si desea obtener más información sobre hábitos saludables de alimentación o el "2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans" ir a www.dietaryguidelines.gov y hable con su médico. Bueno, mis amigos, espero que el mes de marzo es el comienzo de su renacimiento y renovación, que continúa en 2011 y más allá! Por favor manden sus preguntas de salud a ¡Hola, Oralia! Email: Dr.OraliaGarciaDominic@gmail.com. Juntos podemos ayudar a mantener saludables a todos que viven en los estados unidos!

¡Salud!

Otras fuentes de Nutrición:

Más información será publicada pronto: LULAC National Blog!

American Dietetic Association
USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center
www.healthfinder.gov/prevention
www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines
2010 Dietary Guidelines
Example of Healthcare Blogger

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Getting to Know... LULAC National President Margaret Moran

Posted by Amanda L Keammerer on 04/04/2011 @ 12:00 PM

QUESTION:

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where were you born and raised?

President Moran:

San Antonio, Texas

QUESTION:

How did LULAC become such an important part of your life?

President Moran:

I was raised by parents who always instilled in me an appreciation for education, respect and giving back to my community. I am honored to be serving and following the Mission of LULAC.

QUESTION:

What are your top priorities as National President of LULAC?

President Moran:

I believe that everyone must have access to the best education possible. I believe that every child should be provided with the critical tools and resources needed to excel in this country. Advocating for an education that encompasses the latest technology, financial literacy, voting rights, human rights and civil rights is one of my top priorities.

In addition, working to see our members of Congress pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform is also at the top of my list. I am very disappointed that this process has dragged on for so long, and I pledge to continue speaking out loud and clear on behalf of our entire membership. We are a nation of immigrants and it is un-American to delay a solution to fix our broken immigration system.

Health care and the environment are also central issues for LULAC. Simply put, we need a healthy population. Healthy families are essential to strengthening our workforce and contributing to our nation’s financial stability.

QUESTION:

What has been the toughest obstacle to overcome as President of LULAC?

President Moran:

Obstacles seem to occur for many of us in our everyday lives – small ones and some not so small. What works for me is keeping a positive outlook, staying focused, listening to others and working towards a united mission. I applaud our National Board of Directors, National staff, and all of our grassroots members for the work they do in their communities throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. They are the core of our organization and, above all, we are “family.” We come together during tough times and support one another.

QUESTION:

Where do you see yourself five years from now?

President Moran:

Continuing to volunteer and spending precious time with my family.

QUESTION:

What advice do you have for women who want to become leaders in their communities?

President Moran:

Reach for the Stars! Be somebody because God never intended for you to be a nobody. Always have confidence in yourself, respect others, stand tall, and always remember to give back to your community.

QUESTION:

OK, now for a couple of fun questions. What is your favorite hobby?

President Moran:

I love to read and I love listening to jazz and classical music (for meditation). I have a collection of rancheras albums of Trio Los Panchos, I enjoy listening to Glenn Miller music, and, once in a while (for fun), I like to get rocking with “In The Mood” - which also reminds me of some my family’s service to our country during World War II.

In 1985, I started a collection of unique coffee mugs and shot glasses from every state that I have visited. I have quite a few to go! I also have a collection of photo albums of each of our grandchildren from birth to the present.

QUESTION:

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

President Moran:

My mother. She is a descendant of one of several families who first settled in San Antonio, Texas. Her great-great grandfather was the first elected Hispanic Justice of the Peace (in spite of the Jim Crow laws) in a small town south of San Antonio: Von Ormy, Texas. His name was Rafael Quintana, who came from Majorca, Minorca, Spain.

To that end, my mother always made sure we went to the polls and voted. She also insisted that we remain in school, participate in church activities, and to always respect others. She is a nonagenarian, and in 2010, she cast her vote to elect me to the highest and most prestigious office in our beloved organization, the National Presidency. I see her as a saint. Until his passing, she was my father’s sole caregiver for thirteen years. My mother cherishes family; I too cherish family and admire my mother beyond words.

QUESTION:

Last question: If you were to enjoy a peaceful sunset anywhere in the world, where would you be and who would be with you?

President Moran:

I would pick Maui, Hawaii, and my soul mate, Oscar (a former LULAC National President).

A peaceful sunset with family would be so delightful, so I would want to share that experience with my children and grandchildren as well.






Note: The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and not necessarily shared by the LULAC National Office.

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