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Past Cafecitos

Building Healthy Communities: Curbing the Obesity Epidemic In the Latino Community

Obesity is most common in Latino adults at 47% more than any other ethnic or racial minority group.

As one of the fastest-growing segments of the population, there are several factors that contribute to obesity rates being higher in the Latino community such as metabolic, environmental, cultural, and socioeconomic factors.

Moderated by Abia Ailleen, plus-size model and influencer will be joined by Dr. Jose Aleman from NYU Langone Health for an intimate conversation regarding the prioritization of health, developing healthy habits, battling stigma, and accessing comprehensive treatment options for obesity.

Minority Health Month Cafecito

On April 21st, LULAC hosted a Minority Health Month Cafecito in conjunction with our health partner, Novo Nordisk.The month of April brings awareness about health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minority populations and encourage action through health education and prevention, control of disease complications, and advocacy for coverage and policy changes to support health equity.

LULAC was joined by our special guest Dr. Antonia Novello, former surgeon general. Dr. Novello served as the 14th Surgeon General of the United States from 1990 to 1993. Dr. Novello was the first woman and the first Latina to become the Surgeon General of the United States.

During this event we focused on obesity in the Latino community. This Cafecito was an open discussion of the disease obesity to explore the metabolic science, socioeconomic drivers, and policy levers impacting obesity care for the Latino Community.