Thursday, May 23, 2013

Dr. Chris Urbina Interviewed by La Voz about Diabetes and the Latino Community

Dr. Chris Urbina, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, was interviewed by La Voz about diabetes in Latino communities in Colorado.

Excerpt from the article:

Factors that play into the disproportionate ratio of diabetes among Latinos include income, diet and lack of exercise. “Comida natural is healthy; fresh fruits and vegetables, exercise, there’s no reason why we can’t be healthy. Chicharones (fried pork rinds) on a regular basis are probably not a healthy option.”

State health will soon begin a program aimed at healthier lifestyles — prevention of diabetes and obesity — with a particular emphasis on lower income individuals and minority communities. It will involve coaches and counselors who will help people make healthier choices, “how to read labels, how to cook healthier, how to make all the good choices and then follow them over a 16-week program.”

Urbina says it will be a challenge, particularly since the state can’t match the marketing budgets of food and beverage giants who daily bombard media — including on-line media — with campaigns promoting “sweetened drinks, unhealthy foods.”

A new way of thinking — public campaigns in schools and communities — is already having a positive impact, Urbina says. School menus and community gardens are shifting the focus on healthier lifestyles and better choices. “Kids are getting into a healthy habit of wanting to eat fresh fruits and vegetables so that when they go home they can ask for them.” Read the full article here.

By Ernest GurlĂ©

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