Spring/Summer Healthy Communities NEA JOINS LEADING HISPANIC ORGANIZATIONS TO. GALVANIZE HISPANIC COMMUNITY by Duane Dowden You are invited to join your friends and neighbors at the Healthy Communities group serving Glendale and Poplar Grove! We are a diverse group guided by Monet Steen with the Salt Lake Valley Health Department. We have support from numerous groups includ-: ing: State Oral Health Division; Salt Lake Valley Health Department; Health Facility Licensing; Salt Lake Community Action Program; Neighborhood House; Utah Professional Child Care Provider Assoc; Deseret Foundation, and other organizations and numerous individuals. The MISSION STATEMENT _ for Glendale / Poplar Grove Healthy Communities: Support and maintain our community by providing a safe and nurturing New Training to empower Latinos via Political & Grassroots Organizing activists in Estes Park, Colorado, for in- depth training on how to galvanize local support for candidates and legislation that will empower the Latino community. Themes for the seminar included campaign planning and strategy, coalition building, and communicating with the media and the public. The first National Political & Grassroots Training Seminar was host- services in order to achieve healthy, happy families who help the community grow. ed by the National Education Association (NEA) in partnership with the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), National Association of NO DUES AND NO MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS OTHER THAN YOUR PARTICIPATION. We encourage every citizen interested in community health and well being to bring their creativity and inspiration to the table. The Healthy Communities group is currently working on a’ CHILD ORAL HEALTH CARE INITIATIVE for Poplar Grove and Glendale. We hope to assist area childcare centers through the following goals: "Toothpaste, brushes, floss, sealants, fluoride available. "Educational materials, curriculum and training for 0 - 5 years. "Adult / Parent materials that match the Latino Elected Officials (NALEO), LARASA and the Colorado Education Association (CEA). Participants representing LULAC and the National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE) also gathered from March 8-10 to learn the latest tactics necessary to Obesity has become a major health problem in the United States. Approximately 55% of all adults in the United States are overweight and 22% "Bilingual materials. "Sustain program beyond study period. "Target children in child care centers, then in-home, then community. "Measurable results. The Healthy Communities group has been awarded a $1,500.00 grant from the Deseret Foundation to help move the project forward. measured by computing a person's body mass index (BMI). A person's BMI is calculated by dividing a person's weight in kilograms by their height in meters squared. Fortunately, since BMI tables are readily available, (see, www.niddk.nih. gov/health/nutrit/ pubs/statobes.htm) there is usually no reason to use the formula. People younger than 35 are considered obese if their BMI is over 25. People over 35 are considered obese if their BMI is 27: Obesity increases the risk for diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and organizations in our long-term participa- | Our next meeting is June 27, 2002 @ 4:00 p.m. at Neighborhood House Child Care Center, 1050 West 500 South, SLC Please feel free to contact Duane Dowden, Salt Lake Community Action @ 359-2444 ext. 228 or Monet Steen, Salt Lake Valley Health Department@ 468-2734. Our Members Still Make House Calls are adult onset diabetes (Type II Diabetes) and certain types of cancer. Men who are obese are at greater risk for colon, rectal and prostate cancer. Women who are obese are at greater risk for of Fire Fighters Salt Lake City Local 1645 national leaders as former White House appointee Mickey Ibarra; California's former Speaker of the house Antonio Villaraigosa, and former Mayor of Denver Federico Pefia shared their knowledge in fielding new candidates, organizing the Hispanic political base, and encouraging those already in office to run for higher positions. "Our hope _ by fa Johnson, Chairperson of the Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities Medicaid was an up and down rollercoaster ride. We worked very hard on behalf of the "7 prescription drug limit" for 2002. Testimony was given to the and was continued at the Legislature. We were able to establish a good review program. The program enables individual pharmacy- review~ of Medicaid clients, which will be conduct- activists to join forces and realize the significant power they can wield in ed bya University of Utah pharmacist with your physician. They will mostly be communities," said Bob Chase, _ president of the 2.6 million member NEA. "Empowering Hispanic voices will enrich America's democracy and help provide a quality education for every child." More than 90 percent of Hispanic children attend the nation's public schools, representing about 15 percent of the K-12 public school population. Although Latino students have become the majority in many public school districts across the country, their academic achievement lags behind that of other groups. | Medicaid Advisory Committee against it Latino their is to encourage | looking for things like duplicate medication. We also were able to achieve a pharmacy committee at the Department of Health, which will be multi-displinary and made up of people outside of the Department of Health. Your February notice stated that optional services were intact; we fought very hard to find funding. Unfortunately, funding was lost in the areas of podiatry, hearing and chiropractic. What I would like each of you to ike away from this article is: 1) that you should vote, | 2) you should know your Senator and Representative, and 3) you should become involved with off. You have lost 20 pounds. You feel better, mentally and _ physically. However, you are probably thinking, "But I am still fat. I want to be skinny. Or even worse, you.say some- thing like, "Was it really worth all that work?" This is when the hard works really begins. Now you have to accept that fact that even though you have worked hard to improve your health, you do not look like a runway model. Americans associate thinness with health, and this is not necessarily true. ‘You must begin to look at your body in a different light. Yes, you are right, you are not thin, but you have just made tremendous improvements in your health. Appreciate the gains you have made in cardiovascular fitness. The biggest hurdle at this point is not to go back to your old habits once the 10% weight loss has been reached. Continue healthy. exercising You may and or may eating | not see an ductive cancers. As you can see, it is important to additional weight loss. Think of weight management as a life-long process. This is not to mean you live a life of deprivation. You should not think of lose weight. certain foods as "bad" or gallbladder, breast, and other reproWe all know that. But how do we go about it? Whena person has a lot of weight to lose, the task can be daunting. Therefore, it is important to break down the task of weight loss into small, manageable goals. Research has shown that even a 10% reduction in weight can result in improvements in a person's blood pressure, cholesterol levels and blood glucose levels. So, let's say you are 5'5" tall and you weigh 200 pounds. You begin to adopt some of the habits that are associated with successful weight loss-you keep a record of what you eat; you exercise at International Association Legislative Update the political process. By Vivian Garcia are obese. Overweight and obesity tion goals. The West View page 2 === in the political arena. WEIGHT LOSS-ALL OR NOTHING? > child's curriculum. We are looking at additional grant sources from private industry and the government and would like to include local businesses ensure that Latino concerns are voiced Such Estes Park, Co. - Angela Romero, Clifton Uckerman, and J. Michael Clara of the Poplar Grove and Glendale communities in Salt Lake City, Utah joined more than 300 Hispanic Community environment and connecting families with ‘THERE ARE 2002 least three times a week (five would be better, but three is a good start); you cut back on calories, etc. After a few months, voila!, your hard work pays "good" but instead see food in light of whether or not a particular food will help you achieve your goal of weight management, or will it present itself as a detour to that goal. Some food detours, like highway detours can be frustrating and unfamiliar. Others will ‘show you vistas you would have not ordinarily seen. This means that examining foods that may be troublesome to you will give you insight into why some foods are easier for you to avoid than others. Detours during weight loss happen so that you may learn something. They are’ not permanent stopping places. Remember that for Spay/N euter Services by Aimee Ross, a volunteer for CAWS (Community Animal Welfare Society) The Utah Veterinary — Medical © Association recently received a Maddie's sm Spay/Neuter Program grant to help | combat Utah's pet overpopulation problem. The grant will fund a spay/neuter program ~_ for feral cats and the pets of low-income Utah citizens. These programs are great news for Utah! | The low-income component of the program will offer spay/neuter surgeries for the pets of Medicaid recipients. These pet owners will be required to show proof of eligibility _ (a copy of their Medicaid card and valid photo ID)and be asked to make a co-payment of $10.00 per dog surgery and $5.00 per cat surgery. Up to six pets per owner can be altered at this incredibly low rate. Spay/neuter surgeries involving feral cats will be at no cost to the caregiver, with no limit on the number a caregiver can bring in. Feral cats must be truly "feral", defined as un-owned, free-roaming cats that do not voluntarily accept handling by humans. While under anesthesia ffor their spay/neuter surgery, all feral cats will also have a tiny tip of their ear removed. This is _anational indicator that the un-owned cat is an altered feral. No More Homeless Pets in Utah, a pro- gram of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is helping Utahn's take full advantage of these new programs. They have developed a statewide resource for persons wanting to conduct Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) efforts in their community. A variety of services are offered via these trading posts. Feral cat caregivers can borrow a humane trap, learn the basics of TNR and get referrals to participating UVMA veterinarians in — their area. For more information call 1-866- it is the 738-7349 or www.utahpets.org . Help stop process that counts, not the speed. 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