American Diabetes Month Meatless Monday: 6 Healthy Habits to Reduce Your Risk

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Diabetes is an urgent health issue in the Hispanic community–1 in 10 Latinos has diabetes and it is estimated that 1 out of 2 Hispanic children born in 2000 will develop diabetes. This disease causes blood sugar levels (glucose) to spike which over time can harm your heart, nerves, skin, mouth, kidneys, eyes, and feet, even causing […]

Meatless Monday: Moroccan Vegetable Couscous Recipe

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Don’t let the bustle of back-to-school season keep you from the important people in your life–make time to sit down and share a meal with your familia. For a sabroso family-style Meatless Monday, try one of my all-time favorite vegan dishes: Moroccan vegetable couscous. ¿Qué es couscous? This grain-like pasta is easy to prepare and […]

Fitness: Slow Down and Focus with Hatha Yoga

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The ancient practice of Hatha yoga helps me stop, breathe, and focus on one thing which runs contrary to my busy life as a modern day multi-tasker. Sound familiar? Racing to get everything done? This is reason número uno why we’re stressed, feeling burned out, and ironically, less productive. Often described as a gentle yoga class, hatha yoga features basic poses held for long periods of […]

Immigration Debate: Aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings

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My hands were shaking. I fumbled with my phone, almost dropping it in my attempt to send her a text message: “ARE YOU OKAY?!?!?” Liz, a close friend of mine who I met while interning on Capitol Hill last summer, was running in the Boston Marathon.  I later found out that she crossed the finish […]

¡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 […]

DNC 2012: How Will the Next 4 Years Be Better Than the Last asks CNN’s Alex Castellanos?

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Charlotte, North Carolina Look who I ran into at Charlotte’s airport while I was picking up my maleta in baggage claim? CNN contributor and Republican strategist Alex Castellanos.  Ni corta ni perezosa as Mami would say, I whipped out my camera and asked him if he would answer a couple of questions for Latinos in Social […]

HuffPo Latino Voices–Vistas: “Illegal” or ‘Undocumented?”

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Latino $1 trillion dollar buying power. U.S. Census confirms Hispanics are the #1 minority–and growing. These are just some of the facts I call “Happy Talk” as I blog in the post “Our America.” Corporations are scrambling to secure a chunk of the Latino action as I witnessed in the packed expo halls at the […]

Master Class: Latin Rock Star Juanes & DC Public School Students

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It’s hard not to crush on the Colombian Rock Star Juanes: His music fuses different rhythms and traditions, including old school Latin American Baladas, Classic Rock, Cumbias, and the Nueva Trova or Nueva Canción (sounds and socio-political messages).  As it/he evolves, it/he gets better. He has historically worked to raise awareness about the devastation caused […]