Celebrate la buena
salud (good health) with your family and friends during National Hispanic
Heritage Month (September 15 through October 15). You can do a lot to inspire the people you
love to eat better and move more.
Overweight and obesity affect more than 3 in 4 Hispanic adults
ages 20 and older in the United States, and more than one-third are obese.
Almost 4 in 10 Hispanic children ages 6 to 19 are overweight or obese, and obesity
affects more than 1 in 5.
Extra weight may lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure,
stroke, and some types of cancer.
It can be hard to get enough activity and eat well if you
work long hours or the stores near you don’t sell vegetables and fruits.
Talk to your family and friends about working together to
build a healthier life. You can start by using the advice, tips, and tools in
WIN’s brochures and tip sheets. You can find these items and others in Spanish
on the WIN website at http://www.win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/#spanish:
Caminar . . . Un
paso en la dirección correcta
(the Spanish-language version of WIN’s
Walking . . . A Step in the Right Direction)
(Just Enough for You: About Food Portions)
nutrición y la pérdida de peso: mitos y verdades
(Weight-loss and Nutrition
su salud: Consejos para adultos
(Better Health and You: Tips for Adults)
para personas mayores
(Young at Heart: Tips for Older Adults)
ayudar a su hijo a controlar el exceso de peso
(Helping Your Overweight
¡Hazte cargo de
tu salud! Guía para jóvenes
(Take Charge of Your Health: A Guide for
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CL, Carroll MD, Kit BK, Flegal KM. Prevalence of obesity and trends in body
mass index among US children and adolescents, 1999–2010. Journal of the
American Medical Association. 2012;307(5):483–490.
offer health information for Hispanics and Latinos
In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we’ve rounded
up some web resources on healthy eating, physical activity, and weight control.
These resources may help health care providers and health educators who work
with Hispanics and Latinos.
MedlinePlus: Control de peso
(MedLine Plus: Weight Control)
Produced by the National Library of Medicine, MedLinePlus
provides health information from NIH in language the public can understand.
Visit the Control de peso (Weight Control) page of MedLinePlus for an overview
in Spanish of weight control. The page also links to related MedLinePlus pages,
news, and other resources.
HealthyChildren.org en español (HealthyChildren.org in
The Spanish version of HealthyChildren.org offers
information for parents on keeping kids healthy. Provided by the American
Academy of Pediatrics, the site covers topics including obesity, healthy
eating, fitness, and sports.
Manténgase activo a su
manera: Guía para adultos (Be Active
Your Way: A Guide for Adults)
Based on the 2008
Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, this booklet helps adults make
physical activity part of their lives.
Calcule su Índice de Masa Corporal
(Calculate Your Body Mass Index)
At this Spanish-language
webpage from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, visitors can find their body mass index (BMI). Many
health care providers use the BMI to figure out if a patient is underweight,
overweight, or obese.