Name: Tina Viglucci
Title: Hispanic Services Director
Education: MSIS University at Albany, SUNY
How did you become interested in focusing on Health and Wellness?
Through collaborations with partners in our community including the two major hospitals in the area, Presence St. Joseph and Advocate Sherman. They are leading efforts to bring together organizations to actively engage our Latino community in being aware of health related issues including nutrition information and diabetes prevention and treatment.
Why is health literacy important in your community?
We all lead incredibly busy lives and focus our attention on jobs, errands, what needs to be done to survive each day. Yet we know being proactive about our health is essential, so we must look for ways to provide information in relevant, engaging and accessible ways.
What’s the impact that you hope to make in your community?
To prevent disease and promote physical and mental health for ourselves and our children.
What is your favorite health-related program or outreach that you’ve done?
The 6-week workshops we held with Presence St. Joseph Hospital to help reduce obesity in children were particularly informative and enjoyable. Children participated in cooking and exercise activities while their parents learned about nutrition and healthy eating habits. They all came together at the end of each program to eat what the kids had prepared and talk about what they experienced and learned. The kids received chefs hats at the end and the parents took home binders with all the week’s lessons and recipes. Everyone had a great time!