5 Tips for Effective Grocery Shopping this Holiday Season

By Elizabeth Carrillo, MPH, Program Manager, Institute for Hispanic Health, UnidosUS

With the holidays fast approaching, grocery shopping is likely to become one of the many tasks on our to-do lists this season. If the prospect of going into a grocery store in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any other holiday you celebrate gives you a bit of stress, don’t worry!

We’ve got simple tips for you from our Comprando Rico y Sano program that you can follow to make the experience a pleasant one, or at least a stress-free one.

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Because let’s face it—we can all benefit from setting some health goals and establishing healthy eating habits during the holiday season. You can follow these five tips to keep yourself organized, and save money and time while grocery shopping.

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Tips and Resources for a Bacteria-Free Thanksgiving

By: Tanya Brown, Food Safety and Inspection Service Public Affairs Specialist, U.S. Department of Agriculture

More than 46 million turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving Day and with the never-ending list of side dishes and desserts, it is by far the largest and most stressful meal many consumers prepare all year, leaving room for mistakes that can make guests sick.

“We receive an increase of calls on the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline around Thanksgiving because people are stressed and have a lot of questions about thawing and cooking their turkey,” says Marianne Gravely, senior technical specialist at USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. “Since this is such a large family feast, we want to make sure people prepare their food in a safe manner to avoid foodborne illness.”

Follow these tips and use these resources to help make this Thanksgiving feast a safe and healthy one.

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Fathers Can Be the Model of Good Health for Their Kids

T2016-06-17his weekend we recognize the fathers of the Latino community who do so much for their children. Those who get up early, those who work late, those who read to their kids, and those who—despite being tired—take their kids out to a park to play a little soccer. They make Father’s Day that much more of a day worth celebrating, fathers who are considerate, understanding, and attentive.

But among so many other things, fathers are role models. They exemplify the habits their children may come to mimic for the rest of their lives, whether intentionally or unintentionally. It is crucial for the child that these habits are good ones, to lead by example, and have their children recognize how important it is to care of their own well-being.

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Recognizing Afro-Latinos during Black History Month

Although the Latino community prides itself on its diversity and the various cultures of its members, Afro-Latinos are often overlooked, both in terms of their inclusion and contributions to Latinos around the world. In honor of Black History Month, we present 11 Afro-Latinos who have had significant influences on American and Latino culture.

Art

Jean-Michel Basquiat Jean-Michel Basquiat

1960–1988
Brooklyn, New York

Jean-Michel Basquiat was born in Brooklyn to a Haitian father and Puerto Rican mother, and lived in Puerto Rico for a time. Basquiat developed his innate artistic talent during childhood, resulting in his unique interpretation of neo-expressionism, influenced by the 1970s movements emerging in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Combining poetry, abstract elements, and social commentary into visually arresting pieces, his work continues to inspire artists of all mediums and genres.

Scull (1981)

Scull (1981)

Junot Diaz    Junot Diaz

Born 1968
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz has interwoven his Dominican heritage into his writing, allowing it to influence and shape his stories. Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey, Diaz’s writing has given Latinos of all ages stories that reflect their own experiences and introduced the inner world of Latinos to all Americans. In 2012, he received the MacArthur Fellowship award.

Entertainment

Celia Cruz Celia Cruz

1925–2003
Havana, Cuba

Named the Queen of Latin Music, Celia Cruz was instrumental in popularizing salsa music across the world. Born in Cuba, Cruz first learned to sing santería songs against her Catholic mother’s wishes. After appearing on Havana radio, Cruz began recording songs in Venezuela. As Cruz’s star rose, she brought the world’s attention to salsa, and Latin music in general. Over her 55-year career, Cruz won eight Grammys, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award.

Sammy Davis, Jr. Sammy Davis Jr

1925–1990
Harlem, New York

Known as Mister Show Business, Sammy Davis Jr. began his career in entertainment at the age of three, learning to dance from his Afro-Cuban mother. Originally part of a vaudeville act with his father, Davis stood out for his dancing, singing, acting, and impressions. As a member of the Rat Pack with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and others, Davis became an American entertainment institution. Along with the rest of the Pack, Davis starred in Ocean’s 11 and more than 30 other films. In 1960, he was awarded with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and posthumously honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.

Rosario Dawson Rosario Dawson

Born 1979
New York City, New York

Born to a single mother of Cuban and Puerto Rican ancestry, Rosario Dawson began her acting career at the age of 15. Since then, she has starred in blockbusters such as Men in Black II, Rent, Sin City, Seven Pounds, and others. Dawson is also an active philanthropist, working with organizations like Oxfam, Amnesty International, and Doctors Without Borders. She currently stars as Claire Temple on Netflix’s Daredevil and Jessica Jones.

Romeo Santos Romeo Santos

Born 1981
The Bronx, New York

As the lead singer of the Dominican-American band Aventura, Romeo Santos is credited with popularizing bachata music across the world, and is referred to by many as the King of Bachata. Since the breakup of Aventura, Santos has had a successful solo career. Shortly after the election of Barack Obama, Santos was invited to the White House to perform for the President and First Lady. Last year, he had a cameo in Furious 7, and will voice a character in the upcoming Angry Birds Movie

Zoe Saldana Zoe Saldana

Born 1978
Passaic, New Jersey

Since starring in the highest grossing film of all time, Avatar, Zoe Saldana has become a household name. Saldana, who lived in the Dominican Republic as a child and speaks fluent Spanish, went on to star in movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy and JJ Abrams’ Star Trek series. This year, she will portray Nina Simone in the biopic Nina, about the late singer.

Esperanza Spalding Esperanza Spalding

Born 1984
Portland, Oregon

Hailed as a musical prodigy since childhood, Esperanza Spalding has pushed the boundaries of modern jazz, while incorporating interpretations of bossa nova and rhythm and blues. Self-taught on various instruments since first learning to play violin at five years old, Spalding was awarded a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music where, at age 20, she later became one of the youngest professors in school history. In 2011, Spalding became the first jazz artist to win Best New Artist at the Grammys. This past January, Spalding performed at the White House for the President and First Lady. 

Journalism

Soledad O’Brien Soledad O'Brien

Born 1966
St. James, New York

Born to an Afro-Cuban mother and Australian father, Soledad O’Brien has been a pioneer in journalism since joining NBC News in 1991. Since then she has gone on to appear on CNN, HBO, and Al Jazeera, to name a few. She is also the founder and chairman of the Starfish Media Group, as well as assuming hosting duties for the National Geographic Bee after former host Alex Trebek stepped down in 2013.

Sports

Roberto Clemente                Roberto Clemente

1934–1972
San Antón, Puerto Rico

Playing all 18 years of his MLB career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Roberto Clemente served as an ambassador for Latinos and baseball fans while the major leagues were still struggling with racism in the sport. He led the league in batting average during the 1960 season and the Pirates would go on to win the World Series against the New York Yankees. During his final season in 1972, Clemente achieved his 3,000th hit in the majors with his final, regular season at bat. Clemente passed away during a plane crash en route to deliver aid to Managua, Nicaragua, after an earthquake ravaged the city. He was entered into the Baseball Hall of Fame the following year with 92% of the vote. The Roberto Clemente Award for Sports Excellence is presented at the NCLR Annual Conference in his honor.

Carmelo Anthony Carmelo Anthony

Born 1984
Brooklyn, New York

Part of the SuperDraft class of 2003, featuring stars like Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, whose father was Puerto Rican, has been a force in the NBA since being drafted third overall. Known for his explosive offense, Anthony was named the 2013 NBA scoring champion, averaging 28.2 points per game through the 2012–2013 season. Combined with his two Olympic gold medals, one as part of the 2008 Redeem Team, Melo’s been a staple of NBA highlight reels for more than a decade.

NCLR Fathers Work Hard for Their Families

By Elizabeth Drake, Intern, NCLR Communications Department

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Elizabeth Drake and her father David Drake. Photo: Elizabeth Drake

My dad works at NCLR as an accountant. I remember always asking him when I was younger what an accountant was. He told me he worked with money and that there was math involved. I would then respond with a look of utter disgust at the mention of math, and the conversation would end.

It wasn’t until later that I realized how great of a job he had. He was able to pursue a career in a field he enjoyed and be the best dad I could have ever asked for.

I want to follow my dreams just as he has. It is an inspiration to me that he works at a nonprofit organization that helps millions of people. His hard work and dedication in the finance department is behind the scenes, but I know how important he is to NCLR’s mission of improving opportunities for Hispanics. I’m so proud of him

I always knew my dad was able to support us because he got a college degree. From an early age, I could see that college was the right way to go if I ever wanted to be as successful as him. It was the question of what I should do in college that was unclear.

My father always made sure he was a part of my life. I have been dancing since I was three years old, and my dad has been very involved in my dancing career since the beginning. He would take me to classes on the weekends and drive me to the theater for performances. He could even do a better bun than my mother! Dad always told me to follow my dreams and work hard so that I can achieve them. When I told him that I wanted to dance professionally and study dance in college, he was all for it.

My father chose a major that involved math, which was his favorite subject. If he was able to have a career doing what he loved, why couldn’t I? Math to my dad was dance to me, so when college admission season came rolling in, what I wanted to do became clear.

During the six months of applying and going to auditions, my dad was with me the whole way. He was the one who travelled with me to Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Richmond, and New York City. He held me when I cried after each rejection letter, and he was there to celebrate with me when I finally got accepted into a university where I could dance.

My dad was the one who also influenced me to double major in communications. He knew dancing wouldn’t last forever, and he wanted me to be able to find a good job should my dancing career end.

My father is the best father I know. He works hard and is committed to his job, and he is equally dedicated to and supportive of his family. He plans out yearly vacations, and he isn’t afraid to act silly around us. He made my life so wonderful, and I’ll always be thankful for his involvement in my life and his support.

Thank you, Daddy, and Happy Father’s Day!