Latino Health Awareness Month Celebration Set For Sept. 10 In Dinuba
DINUBA – In an effort to empower California’s Latino population
to make healthier choices for their families, a Latino Health Awareness
Month celebration will take place on Saturday, Sept. 10, in Dinuba.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Entertainment Plaza,
289 S. L. St., in Dinuba. It is free and open to the public.
The event is hosted by Kaweah Delta, founders of the collaborative Network
Leaders on the Move Tulare County Partnership, together with the City
of Dinuba, California Department of Public Health, and other organizations.
Such celebrations happen each September, when the California Department
of Public Health’s Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch
observes Latino Health Awareness Month (LHAM).
During the event, families will be engaged in nutrition and physical education
activities. Physical education activities will include distance for diabetes
- the first steps to encourage diabetics to be more physically active
and hula hooping. Adults will also have the opportunity to learn firsthand
how to create healthier changes in their community. The event will also
feature, a mini farmers’ market, health screenings, healthy recipe
sampling, a thirst quenching alternative to sugary beverages, and more.
“September is a month when we as Latinos are reminded to focus on
our health and evaluate whether we need to make some changes,” said
Eustolia Zamora-Bonilla, Community Health Worker II with Kaweah Delta’s
Community Outreach Department. “Even the smallest changes can make
a huge impact on our health.”
Alarmingly, obesity affects more than 32 percent of California Latino adults.
Almost 40 percent of Latino adolescents are either overweight or obese,
according to the 2015 study, “Obesity in California."
Also during the festival, attendees will learn how to “switch it
up” by using traditional Latino recipes and incorporating more fruits
and vegetables and by cooking with less oils and fats. Additionally, event
goers will learn the importance of drinking more water and the significance
of cutting down on sugar-sweetened beverages such as sodas and energy
drinks. Research shows that sugar-sweetened beverages comprise the largest
source of added sugar and are associated with increased rates of obesity
and other chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes.