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Healthcare updates, Sept 10: Salud! US Health goes Español

Categories: . ANNOUNCEMENTS | September 10th, 2010 | by Raquel | no comments

HHS Launches First of Its Kind Consumer Focused Website in Spanish
The US Department of Health and Social Services recently launched www.CuidadodeSalud.Gov, the partner site of HealthCare.gov in Spanish. Consistent with the mandate in the Affordable Care Act, it is the first of its kind to provide Spanish-speaking consumers with both public and private health coverage options tailored specifically for their needs in a single, easy-to-use tool. According to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius:

“CuidadoDeSalud.gov like HealthCare.gov is an unprecedented website which provides consumers with the power of information at their fingertips. Individuals, families, and small businesses will be able to easily compare both public and private health coverage options tailored specifically for their needs… CuidadoDeSalud.gov will give Latinos across the nation better information about the choices they have, how much they cost, and what they can expect from their doctor–specific to their life situation and local community.”

AHRQ releases new Spanish-language guides for patients
Other agencies of HHS also go Espanol. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality AHRQ release this week “a series of free evidence-based guides designed to help Spanish speakers understand and compare the risks, benefits and side effects of treatments for eight health conditions,” including gestational diabetes, breast cancer, hypercholesterolemia, osteoarthritis of the knee, and type 2 diabetes These guides were previously only available in English. According to AHRQ director Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy:

“Many Spanish speakers don’t have access to credible, easy-to-understand information about health care conditions and their treatment options, and that can be a significant barrier to seeking medical care. These guides represent important resources that will help encourage patients to seek care and work with their doctors to discuss all of their treatment options.”

The 8 guides are as follows:

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Battling DIABETES

Healthy Hispanic food for everyone – even for diabetics

Categories: DIABETES | April 2nd, 2009 | by Raquel | no comments

mexican-tacosI love Mexican food. Tortillas, enchilladas, tacos, to name a few. Unfortunately, like many delicious food, they can be full of calories and cholesterol. The National Diabetes Education Program has come up with new tool to help Hispanic Americans (as well as all Hispanic food lovers regardless of ethnic origins) enjoy their traditional dishes without damaging their health. The campaign Más que comida, es vida (It′s more than food. It′s life) consists of recipes and cooking tips designed to reduce the risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The program is a joint venture of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

But why specifically Hispanic food?

Compared to whites, Hispanics are disproportionately affected by diabetes. More than 10 percent of Hispanics aged 20 years and older have diagnosed diabetes. Among Hispanics, rates of diabetes are 8.2 percent for Cubans, 11.9 percent for Mexican-Americans, and 12.6 percent for Puerto Ricans.

Other statistics according to a national examination survey:

•·        In 2002, Hispanics were 1.5 times as likely to start treatment for end-stage renal disease related to diabetes, compared to non-Hispanic white men.

•·        In 2005, Hispanics were 1.6 times as likely as non-Hispanic Whites to die from diabetes.

The Más que comida, es vida campaign gives simple, easy-to-follow tips on how to make traditional Hispanic dishes healthier and lower in calories and fats. The tips consist of a few adjustments in the preparation, ingredients, and of course – portions.

According to Betsy Rodríguez, public health advisor of the National Diabetes Education Program′s (NDEP) Hispanic/Latino Work Group:

Meal preparation is a critical component of diabetes control. Studies show that overweight or obese individuals can prevent or delay diabetes by losing just 5 percent to 7 percent of their total weight.

One of the recipe books is called Ricas recetas para personas con diabetes y sus familiars (Tasty Recipes for People with Diabetes and Their Families), which of course available for free download in both Spanish and English at the NDEP site.

The booklet contains a comprehensive introduction to diabetes and its management. With each recipe is an accompanying “Nutrition Facts” table and diabetic exchanges calculated based on the American Diabetes Association Exchange System.

My favourites?

Avocado Tacos for starters, Rice with Chicken, Spanish Style (Arroz con pollo) and Tropical Fruits Fantasia for dessert.

Bon Apetito!

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