UnidosUS Affiliate Helps Families Achieve Financial Health

From health coverage to financial capability, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council helps Chicago families achieve their American dream.

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By Stephanie Presch, Content Specialist, UnidosUS

Community-based organizations (CBOs) have played a crucial role in consumer education outreach and enrollment efforts under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Thanks to these efforts, over 20 million Americans—including four million Latino adults and more than 600,000 Latino children—have access to the individual Marketplace and other coverage options such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

And their efforts are more important than ever.

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We Answer Your Questions about Enrolling in the Affordable Care Act

10 questions and answers about the Open Enrollment 2018 period for the Affordable Care Act that ends on December 15.

2018 Open Enrollment

Q: Has the Affordable Care Act (ACA) been repealed?

A:  No. The ACA remains the law of the land. As in previous years, financial help to lower the cost of health coverage and care for those purchasing an ACA marketplace plan is available for those who qualify.

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The Gift of Health Comes at an Affordable Price for Many in 2018

Open enrollment ends on December 15. To allow yourself enough time to understand and carefully select the best plan to meet your health care and budget needs, don’t delay and sign up today!

By Shelby Gonzales, Senior Policy Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

As 2017 winds down, consumers are preparing for the start of a new health plan coverage year.  Despite insurance prices rising, 8 in 10 people who purchase health coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace can enroll in a plan that costs less than $75 per month after accounting for the federal premium tax credits that help those who qualify pay their premiums.  And, 4.5 million people can sign up for health plans at no monthly cost.

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Recent Data Shows Latino Obesity Rates Remain Stubbornly High

Increasing access to healthy affordable foods is key to reverse this trend

By Lanette Garcia, Health Policy Analyst, UnidosUS

Latino obesity | Healthy foodsNew data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that obesity rates for adults and children in the United States have hit an historic high.

The CDC’s annual National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that the adult obesity rate now stands at 39.8%, while that of children stands at 18.5%.

The study also includes data by race and ethnicity—and findings for Latinos are particularly troubling.

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Cinco consejos para una eficaz compra de alimentos en esta temporada festiva

Por Elizabeth Carrillo, MPH, Gerente de Programa, Instituto para la Salud Hispana, UnidosUS

Con la aproximación de las fiestas Navideñas es probable que comprar alimentos sea una de las tantas tareas que tengamos en nuestra lista para esta temporada. Si tener que ir a un supermercado antes de del Día de Acción de Gracias, Navidad o cualquier otro día festivo le produce algo de estrés, ¡no se preocupe!

A continuación presentamos consejos sencillos de nuestro programa Comprando Rico y Sano que pueden servirle para que tenga una experiencia placentera, o por lo menos sin estrés.

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Consejos y recursos para un Día de Acción de Gracias libre de bacterias

Por: Tanya Brown, Especialista en Asuntos Públicos, FSIS, Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos

En el Día de Acción de Gracias se consume más de 46 millones de pavos acompañados por una lista interminable de platos y postres para acompañar, esta cena es por mucho, la más grande y estresante que muchos consumidores preparan en todo el año; dejando espacio para errores que pueden enfermar a los invitados.

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“Nosotros recibimos un aumento de llamadas en la Línea de Información Sobre Carnes y Aves del USDA cercano a la fecha de Acción de Gracias porque las personas están muy estresadas y tienen muchas preguntas sobre como descongelar y cocinar su pavo,” dice Marianne Gravely, especialista en información técnica senior en el Servicio de Inocuidad e Inspección de Alimentos del Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA-FSIS, por sus siglas en inglés). “Ya que esto es una fiesta familiar grande, nosotros queremos asegurarnos que las personas preparen sus alimentos de una manera segura para evitar enfermedades trasmitidas por los alimentos.”

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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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The State of Latino Children’s Mental Health

Guest post by Amelie G. Ramirez, Director, Institute for Health Promotion Research, UT Health San Antonio

Did you know that U.S. Latino kids are far more likely than their peers to suffer depression and other mental health issues that often go untreated?

A new research review, Salud America! Mental Health & Latino Kids by our Salud America! national network for healthy change at UT Health San Antonio, examines the latest science on the state of mental health among Latino kids, and shares policy recommendations.

The review shows that violence, discrimination, migration, poverty, bullying, and family issues impact Latino children’s mental health and access to mental health care in different ways.

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Sending Our Children Back-to-School Healthy and Ready to Learn

It’s the end of August, and that means the start of a new school year. For parents, back-to-school means making sure that children have their backpack, plenty of no. 2 pencils, and their class schedule. Sending children well-fed to school is another building block for every child to head back to school healthy and ready to learn.

We know that a healthy, well-fed child is better equipped to learn and reach their full potential in the classroom. Therefore, access to nutritious meals matters for every child. However, not every child has consistent access to healthy meals, as an estimated 4.7 million Latino children live in families that are not always able to put nutritious food on the table.

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La fibra en las frutas y en las verduras

Los mercados al aire libre y las granjas locales en agosto son todo un espectáculo visual, donde se encuentran jugosos melocotones, ejotes frescos, tomates maduros y elotes. Estas frescas y deliciosas frutas y verduras –que están siendo celebradas durante el National Farmers Market Week- ayudan a prevenir el aumento de peso, reducen el riesgo de enfermedades crónicas, y además aumentan la energía y la salud del corazón. Por eso, deberíamos de comer cinco o más porciones al día. Como parte del programa de UnidosUS (anteriormente NCLR, por sus siglas en inglés) Comprando Rico y Sano, trabajadores de la salud de la comunidad, llamados promotores de salud, están ayudando a las personas a comer más frutas y verduras. En sus charlas nutritivas ofrecen tips para comprar más sano en los mercados al aire libre y en el supermercado.

La mayoría de nosotros sabemos que las frutas y las verduras son nutritivas, libres de colesterol, y naturalmente bajas en grasas y calorías. También son una buena fuente de fibra, la cual ayuda a mantener los niveles de energía y hacen que las personas se sientan llenas durante un largo período de tiempo con menos calorías. La fibra también juega un papel importante ya que baja los niveles de colesterol y regula nuestro sistema digestivo. Es fundamental comer suficiente fibra dado a que previene el aumento de peso o el adelgazamiento, reduce el riesgo de enfermedades cardíacas, diabetes y algunos tipos de cáncer.

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