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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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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Thankful for Healthy Friends and Family

FMLA_LatinoFamily_2015During this time of the year, many gather with family and friends and spend quality time over a nice meal, conversation, and maybe the search for a great bargain. It’s also a time when folks reflect on the blessings of the past year, including the health and well-being of loved ones.

We know that taking care of our loved ones is extremely important and at NCLR we continue our work to ensure families across the country have every opportunity to lead a healthy life, no matter who they are, where they live, or how much they earn. One of the ways we are doing this is by connecting as many individuals and families as possible with health insurance and the security it can provide. Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law in 2010, 17.6 million Americans, including four million Latinos, have gained quality, affordable health coverage.

Thanks to the law, more people have the chance to live healthy and happy lives. For example, young adults can remain insured through their parents’ health plan and people with preexisting conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and cancer can no longer be denied health coverage. In addition, more adults and children in working families can sign up for free and low-cost insurance through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Not only does the ACA increase opportunities for health coverage, the law improves the quality of that coverage, providing 72 preventive services for free. These services include screenings for chronic diseases and conditions like high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. Access to preventive services can make sure certain health conditions don’t occur in the first place or lower the risk that they do.

So as we spend time with and give thanks for our family and friends, we are reminded that access to health insurance is an important part of taking care of ourselves and our loved ones and at NCLR we are committed to shaping a healthier and brighter future us all.

Together We Can End Child Hunger

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With Thanksgiving on the horizon, food is top of mind for millions of Americans. Across the country, families are planning who will bring what and who gets to make their famous dishes. Thanksgiving is a joyous time for family and friends to reflect on all we have been given.

Unfortunately, for a significant number of many American families, food will be a central focus for different reasons. For the millions of children suffering from hunger, especially Latino children in the U.S., their thoughts around food and the holiday will be the same this week as they are every other week—namely, how to get enough of it.

At NCLR, we understand the plight that many Latinos, especially children, face when it comes to hunger. Through our Institute for Hispanic Health and our Health Policy Project, we work on creating programs and fighting for policy changes that will lift Latinos out of poverty and into homes with food security. ConAgra Foods, a longtime partner, also recognizes the challenges that families face in putting wholesome, healthy food on the table, and we have teamed up with them to help end child hunger in America. ConAgra Foods has been a generous supporter of programs like “Reflejos de mi comunidad,” which gave cameras to young people and asked them to photograph what they saw as challenges to healthy eating in their local neighborhoods. Programs like this help us all better understand the obstacles Latino families face and what we need to do to make a difference.

Of course, NCLR and ConAgra Foods alone can’t put an end to childhood hunger in the U.S. It takes collaboration from all sectors of society, including everyday Americans. To spread awareness of the cause and the significant impact among Latino children, NCLR joined ConAgra Foods’ “Child Hunger Ends Here” program for a Twitter chat around the issue. We were joined by 2014 NCLR ALMA Award recipient and Hollywood star María Canals-Barrera, who took questions from NCLR and Twitter users about what they can do to get involved. Below are highlights from that chat.

The chat included some great comments from the Twitterverse:

We moved on to our last couple of questions for Canals-Barrera:

Our contributors had some other helpful tips:

And with that, our chat came to a close.

The chat may have ended, but that doesn’t mean the conversation around child hunger should. We strongly urge you all to keep talking about this. Together, we will end child hunger.