The National Alliance for Hispanic Health is hosting a series of events in 11 American cities to raise health and wellness among Hispanic communities. Starting on March 7 in Phoenix, Arizona, the 2015 ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving! event aims to gather the support of local communities to implement healthier diet, physical activity and non-smoking habits. The effort is designed to curtail the effects of unhealthy lifestyles that lead to a disproportionate level of diseases such as obesity and diabetes in the Hispanic community.
For the ninth year, the event is being organized by a leading Hispanic health advocacy group in the US with the main purpose of improving education on good nutrition, as well as expanding the opportunity for families to engage in physical activities and sports. During the event, smoking and alcohol is not permitted, and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health will reject sponsors who market unhealthy food.
“Now in its ninth year, ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving! is the nation’s largest annual event series promoting healthy lifestyles in Hispanic communities,” said the president and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, Jane L. Delgado, in a press release. “Driven by a “can-do” volunteer spirit, ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving! is working neighbor-to-neighbor to support healthier environments and to realize the collective vision of our communities for a stronger and healthier nation.”
The ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving! is kicking off next Saturday at John R. Davis Elementary School in Phoenix, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, organized with the support of both the Newman’s Own Foundation and the Healthy Americas Foundation for the fifth straight year. In addition, Univision Communications, the Embassy of Mexico, and the United States Tennis Association are also partnering up with the event.
“We are proud to support ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® events across the country,” said Robert Forrester, president of Newman’s Own Foundation. “The Foundation places a high priority on improving nutrition access, and National Alliance for Hispanic Health is working at the community level to advance the health and wellness of individuals.”
The event is free and open to the public, and participants also have the opportunity to register for free to the Buena Salud Club from the National Alliance for Hispanic Health. The membership club was created by the organization in order to enhance healthy lifestyles through the provision of year-round reliable and confidential health information and provider referrals.
After Phoenix, the ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving! event is also going to be held in Los Lunas, NM, Chicago, IL, Dallas, TX, Houston, TX, Kennett Square, PA, Los Angeles, CA, New York, NY, Phoenix, AZ, Brownsville, TX, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and San Diego, CA.
Committing to a healthy lifestyle through a proper diet and regular exercise can reduce the likelihood to develop several medical conditions, including diabetes. A recent study conducted at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center revealed that people who suffer from diabetes and who are overweight can increase their health by losing weight and increasing their physical activity, in addition to being able to reduce the health costs by an average of more than $500 per year.