Fitness: 5 Tips for a Safe Workout in Summer Heat

Fitness_Heat_Safety_Sunrise_Run-TheWiseLatinaClub-NatalieFierro

I look forward to summer as a time to be active outdoors, but exercising in the heat can be hazardous to your health. You don’t have to put your fitness routine on vacation when it gets hot, but you do need to take extra precautions to stay safe as temperatures rise. Natalie’s Tips for a Safe Workout in Summer Heat Stay hydrated: Your […]

Meatless Monday: Colombian Independence Day Patacones with Hogao Sauce

Meatless_Monday_Patacones_Colombia-TheWiseLatinaClub-NatalieFierro_Hogao

Celebrate 20 de julio or Colombia’s Independence Day with a sabroso Colombian favorite: patacones with hogao sauce. These savory fried plantains, also know as tostones, are easy to prepare and make a delicious vegetarian appetizer or side dish for any occasion. Natalie’s Patacones Recipe Ingredientes 2 green plantains vegetable oil for frying salt to taste Instrucciones Peel plantains and cut into 1 […]

On Telemundo’s Sunday Public Affairs Show for L4LL’s Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program

Latinas_for_Latino_Literature_Telemundo-TheWiseLatinaClub

At Latinas for Latino Literature (L4LL), the literacy and education organization I co-founded, our “communications strategy” is based on the ol’ principle: que corra la voz del pueblo–old fashioned word of mouth. But when you’re able to tell your story to a bigger part of el pueblo, well, that just means more people will have […]

Tour de France Fitness: 4 Tips for a Successful Spinning Class

Fitness_Spinning_Class_Tour_de_France-TheWiseLatinaClub-NatalieFierro

As Tour de France cyclists enter the final stage of the 2,115 mile bike race around France this weekend, celebrate their achievement by giving it your all at spinning class. ¿Qué? What is spinning class? Spinning is a group fitness class on stationary bikes. An instructor leads a 45-60 minute cardio routine that works glutes, hamstrings, and quadriceps, making it a great way to burn calories […]

The Math: Washington’s and Everybody Else’s or What I Said to Chuck Todd on MSNBC

Viviana_Hurtado_2014_Election_MSNBC_Chuck_Todd-TheWiseLatinaClub

The habla in Washington for a nanosecond is the so-called latest “take down” book of this city’s political and media establishment–This Town by New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich. Maybe it’s all the years I spent working my way up in local news before I arrived in the nation’s capitol. Or the fact that as a […]

Meatless Monday: Bastille Day French Ratatouille Recipe

MeatlessMonday_Ratatouille_BastilleDay-TheWiseLatinaClub-NatalieFierro

In honor of Bastille Day, I’m serving healthy and delicious French ratatouille. July 14th commemorates the storming of the Bastille, the symbolic beginning of the French Revolution in 1789 which overthrew the monarchy and inspired people around the world to fight for liberty and democracy. Celebrate by turning up your Les Misérables soundtrack and preparing this easy vegetarian French recipe. Natalie’s French Ratatouille Recipe […]

Fitness: Build Strength and Endurance with a Running Circuit

Fitness_Neighborhood_Gym_Stair_Sprints-TheWiseLatinaClub-NatalieFierro

Looking for a convenient total-body workout that will get you in great shape for summer? Try a running circuit. ¿Running qué? A running circuit combines my favorite endurance activity running, which I recommend in Fitness: 45 Minute Run to the Mailbox, and my go-to muscle-building routine circuit training which I describe in Fitness: Four Reasons to Love Circuit Training. How does it […]