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Latino Elders: Heart Health — An urgent fact of life for elders

Latino Elders: Heart Health — An urgent fact of life for elders

By Judi Bonilla Latino Elders When it comes to heart health, the facts are shocking: Heart disease and stroke are the #1 Killers of Latinos. Among Mexican-American adults, 31.6% of men and 34.4% of women have cardiovascular disease. Only 27% of Hispanics knew the leading cause of death among women in the United States was


A Day for Honoring Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women rebrands Valentine’s Day

By Jenna Winton Cultural Survival On February 14, 2014, the 23rd annual Women’s Memorial March (WMM) was held in Vancouver, Canada. While some celebrated Valentine’s Day with their sweethearts eating chocolate and swapping Hallmarks, thousands of Indigenous people and supporters joined the March to honor their murdered and missing loved ones. First held in 1991


Closing the literacy achievement gap by ‘re-gifting’ the love of reading

By Stephen Krashen Language Magazine There is overwhelming evidence that those who live in poverty have little access to books at home, in schools, and in public and school libraries, and that the lack of access to books impacts literacy development and also results in less knowledge of the world. Research, in fact, strongly suggests


Latina sisters launch after-school fitness program for other kids in their community

SaludAmerica! Growing Healthy Change San Antonio sisters Makayla Esparza, 9, and Alyssa Esparza, 8, led largely inactive lifestyles. They saw a weight-loss contest on TV and decided to get active and help others get active, but they didn’t know of any afterschool programs to join and they didn’t have anyone to be active with. This


Stanford study reveals Spanish-speakers learning to read don’t “just sound it out”

Futurity If faced with an unknown word, young readers in the United States are often advised to “just sound it out.” When using this strategy to help decode written words, learners rely not only on knowledge of letters and sounds but also upon the understanding that each word can be broken down into component sounds,