Healthy Heart Habits

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This Valentine’s Day weekend, do something special for those close to your heart: take care of it! Your heart, that is. Heart disease (heart attacks, strokes, etc.) is the #1 killer of women in the United States. Risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, physical inactivity, obesity, and smoking. Like many of you, I’ve witnessed this first hand. Both my abuela and madre have suffered […]

Valentine’s Day Fitness: ¿Shall We Dance?

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Couples that play together, stay together. Instead of planning a date or Valentines night that revolves around food, opt for a fun night out that will be good for your health as well as your relationship! My favorite way to moverlo con my love: partner dancing. Partner dancing will get your close to your amor (emotionally and physically) while […]

¡Fitness! Strong is the New Skinny

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What’s hot today are strong women, emotionally and physically, not stick-thin supermodel. Qué cool Natalie. I’ve never been the stick-thin supermodel type. But how can regular ol’ me achieve Arnold Schwarzenegger status? Set a goal to work out. But focus on building strength by lifting weights. You will almost immediately see and feel the benefits of strength training: a […]

Nutrition: ¡Go Green for your Health!

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Um… what exactly are you drinking? I get this question every time someone sees me sipping a green smoothie from a jar. What gives this slushy drink it’s bien verde color? A few handfuls of dark green leafy vegetables which are, calorie for calorie, probably the most concentrated source of nutrition and of protein (surprising, I know, since most […]

¡Fitness! Why Work Out When You Can Dance?

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Love to dance?  Secretly want to be a Bollywood leading lady?  If you answered ¡Síííí!, I just discovered the workout for you: Masala Bhangra. Why do I go to the gym for the group classes? Because working out with others to energizing music pushes me to work harder than I would sweating sola. Always on the […]

Two Ways to Bring Back Abuela’s Cooking

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Of all the great things the U.S. of A. has to offer, our “western diet” is not at the top of the list. In fact, immigrating to the U.S. could be harmful for some families’ long-term health! A recent study shows that acculturated Mexican American teens are prone to obesity. Second generation teenagers are 2.5 […]

¿Latinas: Pro-Life, Pro-Choice, Neither?

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40 years ago, the Supreme Court handed down Roe v. Wade, a decision that legalized abortion. The law hinges on privacy–bringing a baby into this world is a decision between a mother and her doctor. No more “back alley” procedures performed by people who called themselves doctors. Coat hangers–a symbol of one of the crudest […]

Fitness: 45 Minute Run to the Mailbox

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Although I observe time and time again that being active lifts my mood, on some days it still feels hard to get moving. Earlier today I was feeling generally overwhelmed and unmotivated–a very blah mood. I tried to reason myself out of doing exercise with excuses: there were no gym classes in my area right now, etc. […]