WIN Notes Update: October

WIN Notes Update*

October 2013


Hispanic heritage

Family matters

Hispanic Family

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.[1] Almost 4 in 10 Hispanic children ages 6 to 19 are overweight or obese, and obesity affects more than 1 in 5.[2] 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

Caminar . . . Un paso en la dirección correcta
(the Spanish-language version of WIN’s
Walking . . . A Step in the Right Direction)

¿Cuánto debo comer?
(Just Enough for You: About Food Portions)

La nutrición y la pérdida de peso: mitos y verdades
(Weight-loss and Nutrition Myths)

Cómo mejorar su salud: Consejos para adultos
(Better Health and You: Tips for Adults)

Sugerencias para personas mayores
(Young at Heart: Tips for Older Adults)

Cómo ayudar a su hijo a controlar el exceso de peso
(Helping Your Overweight Child)

¡Hazte cargo de tu salud! Guía para jóvenes
(Take Charge of Your Health: A Guide for Teenagers)


[1] Flegal KM, Carroll MD, Ogden CL, Curtin LR. Prevalence and trends in obesity among US adults, 1999–2008. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2010;303(3):235–241.

[2] Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Kit BK, Flegal KM. Prevalence of obesity and trends in body mass index among US children and adolescents, 19992010. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2012;307(5):483–490.

Online resources

Sites offer health information for Hispanics and Latinos

Hispanic man using laptop

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. en español ( in Spanish)

The Spanish version of 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.


Connect with WIN

“Like” WIN’s Facebook page to get a new healthy eating or physical activity tip each Thursday. While you’re there, you can learn about new and updated WIN items, WIN Partners, news from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and groups that promote health.




WIN on the road

WIN’s next exhibit will be at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ 2013 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in Houston, TX, October 19–22. Learn more at

Visit the "WIN on the Road" part of our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.
com/ for the latest on where to find WIN exhibits in the coming months. We look forward to seeing you there!