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New collaboration creates easy access to healthy dishes with MyPlate recipes

LatinaLista — First Lady Michelle Obama has spearheaded the national effort to get children healthier by tackling the childhood obesity problem. From making healthy eating a part of her Let’s Move! campaign to getting school cafeterias to serve up healthier dishes to guilting national food chains to offer more healthy alternatives for kids and making

New study on children’s e-reading habits underscore technology gap between low-income Latinos and Blacks and high-income families

LatinaLista — Whether it’s an e-reader or tablet computer, it’s difficult to find a reputable brand that is under $100. For too many Latino families whose children need to read books, the cost is enough to keep many Latino students from enjoying the tech-age of digital reading. Couple that with the fact that too many mainstream

Seven Boyle Heights Latina teens become empowered creating photo exhibit around saintly icon

LatinaLista — Visit any Mexican American community or family home and chances are there is a statue or portrait of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Catholic Mexicans. In fact, Our Lady of Guadalupe has reached such iconic status that her image has gone from church pedestals and home altars to pop art, t-shirts,

Latino school children at risk of developing poor reading skills but surprising discovery could help turn around a bad statistic

LatinaLista — A New York Times article that was published earlier this week revealing that Latino school children, who make up nearly a quarter of the public school population across the country, are less likely to see characters like themselves in books for young readers, struck a nerve among Latinos. Reader Jaime Puente wrote on

Online lessons teach college-age women the consequences of getting pregnant while pursuing their degrees

LatinaLista — Most educators, parents and community leaders feel their job is done when preaching to teen girls the perils of getting pregnant while still in middle and high school. Yet, little thought is given to talking to young women at college. The assumption is that college-age women already know it. Unfortunately, the sad truth

Study says not enough home-cooked meals underlying cause for Latino child obesity

LatinaLista — For most Latino families, it used to be that eating cheaply meant eating a homemade meal made from the basic Latino food groups — corn, rice and beans. Yet, thanks to a new study from the University of Illinois at Chicago, eating cheap has become synonymous with fast-food and it’s making our kids