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LatinX/Hispanic Heritage Month Part 1

Posted by on September 21st, 2020 Posted in: General, Health Information, Minority Health Concerns, Multilingual
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The U.S. observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, sometimes referred to as LatinX Heritage Month, kicks off on September 15 and ends October 15. Several important, historical events land within this period, including Independence Day for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, on September 15, Mexico’s following on September 16, and Chile’s on September 18. Dia de la Raza (Day of the Race) also known as Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples’ Day fall within this month on October 12. According to Census.Gov, there were 60.6 million Hispanic-identifying people residing in the U.S. in July 2019, and Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the roles and contributions of these groups to the building of America as we know it today. In celebration, this week’s BHIC posts will focus on the health and well-being of the spectrum of these identities.

Physical Health –

LatinX and Hispanic people are among the populations that face some of the highest rates of illness and death due to chronic diseases and conditions. While some of these diseases and conditions are preventable, social determinants of health such as lack of access to healthcare services or health insurance, and environmental health hazards (air pollution, industrial contamination) disproportionately affect communities of color. Other structural problems, whether created by design or negligence, include neighborhoods with less access to parks with adequate sanitation and safety, space for bike paths and walking create barriers to achieving improved health.

Some of the ways these communities overcome these barriers to physical activity while honoring their roots, culture, and continued resistance to oppressive systems include movement such as capoeira, salsa dancing, baile folklórico (folkloric dance), and la cueca. Find research and health information resources to learn more about promoting physical health in these communities.

Balance & Activity in Latinos, Addressing Mobility in Older Adults – Institute for Health Research and Policy of the University of Illinois at Chicago

Celebrating 30 Years of the ADA: Hugo’s Experience – Hugo Trevino, M.Ed. for the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD)

Community Strategies to Promote Walkable Neighborhoods – CDC.gov

Dance Your Way to Fitness / Baile hasta llegar a la buena salud– MedlinePlus.gov

Exercise is Medicine®, Rx for Health series (Spanish & multiple languages) – American College of Sports Medicine

Haga actividad fisíca / Get Active – Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition (WE CAN!) – National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Hernandez, Rosalba et al. “The impact of exercise on depressive symptoms in older Hispanic/Latino adults: results from the ‘¡Caminemos!’ study.” Aging & mental health vol. 23,6 (2019): 680-685. doi:10.1080/13607863.2018.1450833

Marquez, David X et al. “Regular Latin Dancing and Health Education May Improve Cognition of Late Middle-Aged and Older Latinos.” Journal of aging and physical activity vol. 25,3 (2017): 482-489. doi:10.1123/japa.2016-0049

Muévate a tu manera planificador de actividades / Move Your Way Activity Planner– Health.gov

Muévate a tu Manera: Consejos para aumentar la actividad física dentro del hogar / Move Your Way: Tips for Getting Active Indoors – U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Muévete a tu Manera: Consejos para aumentar la actividad física en familia / Move Your Way: Tips for Busy Days – U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Additional References & Resources

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month – CDC.gov

Food Desert – MedlinePlus.gov

Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15 – October 15 – Office of Minority Health

Hispanic American Health – MedlinePlus.gov –

Latino Health Disparities – League of United Latin American Citizens

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Reports and Data Resources

Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) – CDC.gov

Resources for Creating Healthy, Sustainable, and Equitable Communities – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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Nora Franco (she/her/ella) works as the Consumer Health Librarian for NNLM PSR at UCLA. She is passionate about eliminating health disparities and empowering people to participate in their healthcare by locating reliable health information.

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