• It’s “ready, set, go” for tackling childhood obesity

    LatinaLista -- Today the Childhood Obesity Task Force released their "action plan" on getting kids slimmer. Titled Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity Within a Generation, the report echoes what First Lady Obama said when she launched her Let's Move! campaign back in February. The Task Force identified 70 specific actions to...

  • Puerto Rico: Athletes at the Special Olympics LatinoAmerican Games play for more than to win the gold

    By Natalia A. Bonilla Berrios LatinaLista SAN JUAN -- It started at 6 p.m. The launch of the first event of its kind to ever be held on the Island, left 20,000 spectators ecstatic. On February 20, Puerto Rico became host to the II Latinoamerican Games of the Special Olympics 2010 in...

  • Latina boxer creates a get-fit routine that packs a punch!

    By Jo Ann Hernandez LatinaLista — Two-time WBC boxing champion Mia Rosales- St. John is one of the most famous and popular competitors in women's boxing today. Now, in her first book, The Knockout Workout: 3 Winning Steps to Improve Your Body and Your Life, Mia reveals how she overcame racism, alcoholism and...

  • Guest Voz: Remembering that the greatest Valentine gift is a healthy heart

    By Ada M. Alvarez LatinaLista Ada M. Alvarez is a Board Member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and has a Masters in Science in Investigative Mass Communications from Florida International University. She is 23-years-old and was born in Puerto Rico where she got a BA in Journalism and a minor...

  • First Lady pushes the nation to get moving on combating childhood obesity

    LatinaLista -- Childhood obesity is a BIG problem in the Latino community that is only getting worse. The severity of the problem was underscored this morning with President Obama signing a presidential memorandum establishing the first-ever government-wide Task Force on Childhood Obesity. In hand with that task force is a newly launched...

  • Study on obesity rates in pre-schoolers doesn’t take into account cultural nuances of Latino culture

    LatinaLista-- When it comes to childhood obesity, Latino children, unfortunately, are winning this race. Weight gain in Latino children has long been associated with not eating healthy -- in low-income, urban settings actual grocery stores can be a rare commodity; not getting enough exercise -- attributed to the fact that these same...

  • Could US visa restrictions played a part in Chicago losing Olympic bid?

    LatinaLista — It's kind of embarrassing that even with the star power of the First Family and Oprah Chicago lost its bid for the Olympics. But if we had to lose, Rio was the best alternative. Chicagoans react in disbelief in the city's Daley Plaza upon hearing the city was among the...

  • American Airlines connects with Latinos through virtual soccer match

    LatinaLista — Quiz: What is the most favorite sport among Latinos? If you said futbol, you were right. Actually, soccer to be more precise. Who doesn't like hearing the familiar "Goooooaaal!" blaring from our television sets during a sweaty match? Devotion to the sport has not gone unnoticed when it comes to...

  • Worker’s Cup Soccer Tournament mixes fun with political activism

    LatinaLista — There's no doubt that the Presidential campaign of 2008 will go down in history for a variety of reasons. One of those is the amount of political activism it inspired among people who never before dreamt of getting involved in politics. Political activism is alive and well wherever we look...

  • Site shows how easy it is to Zumba to fitness

    LatinaLista — Do you Zumba? Do you know what Zumba is? Well, if you're at all into exercise chances are you have heard of Zumba -- an exercise program that melds Latin music with a calorie-burning workout. Before this post sounds like a blogomericial for the program, I just need to say...

  • Weight loss doctor discovers how to control food addiction

    (The following story is supplied to Latina Lista through a content partnership with Amigos805.com.) Diets are many, but most of them just concentrate in losing weight not in promoting a healthy lifestyle that keeps one fit... forever. This one does. By Mariana Llamas-Cendon Amigos805.com How many diets have you tried in the...

  • A child’s wish and a little magic create a successful tale

    For Carey and Joe Davila, all it took was a simple wish from their daughter that served as the impetus to create a business making mermaids out of little girls. LatinaLista — There isn't a little girl who doesn't dream, at one time or another, of being a mermaid princess complete with...

  • NASCAR revving up to attract more Latino fans

    LatinaLista — When it comes to being the target of advertising, being Latina/o sometimes feels like Britney Spears' song "Piece of Me." The latest industry to suddenly realize the buying potential of the Latino market is, of all industries, NASCAR. (Source: Businessweek) Now it 's long been known, at least among the...

  • PWI Giving Back to Wrestling Fans

    By Jose T. Garza III Energy, excitement, and old-school swagger…that is what Pro Wrestling International (PWI) brings to the table. The Original Texas Gangster (OTG) and Zipperhead are two of the stars of Pro Wrestling International that will be appearing this Saturday for “St. Valentines Day Massacre.” (Courtesy photo) They are bringing...

  • Global contest seeks innovative sports programs for women/girls

    LatinaLista — One of the best ways to empower girls has been involving them in sports. In fact, sports programs are being created all around the world with the main purpose of building self-esteem and empowering girls to know they have control over who touches them, how they are treated and what...

  • Michael Phelps puts a face to a smoking injustice

    (Update — 2/16/09 — Michael Phelps will not face criminal charges.) Marijuana drug arrests in communities of color are a common occurrence. Yet, recent news of swimmer Michael Phelps involvement with the drug is casting a whole new light on the fairness of current marijuana policy and is jumpstarting an international dialogue...

  • Binational fitness challenge wants to create new appreciation for exercise on both sides of the border

    LatinaLista — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in July that the percentage of obese U.S. adults grew from under 24 percent to 25.6 percent between 2005 and 2007. Yet, if they had singled out one particular part of the country, they would have found a far worse situation. In...

  • ESPN kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month with prime time observance

    LatinaLista — The countdown has begun for the annual month-long observance otherwise known as Hispanic Heritage Month. While various media channels are broadcasting special programming that highlight Latinos and our contributions to the US, there are signs that the annual observance has really reached Prime Time. It seems ESPN will "kick off"...

  • Calling “Mature” Latinas: University researchers want to know what you think about exercising

    LatinaLista — If there is one vice most Latinas have, especially as we get older, is that we don't exercise enough. It's clearly evident with the skyrocketing diabetes rates among us. So why don't we exercise more? No time? Exhaustion? Just don't care? Too busy? Jennifer Lopez explains why she's training for...

  • An Olympic spotlight shone on the harsh reality of mixed-status families

    While freestyle wrestler Henry Cejudo basked in the glow of Olympic gold medal success, his family story as the son of undocumented immigrants underscores a punitive federal policy that separates mixed status families. LatinaLista — It's no wonder that the unexpected Olympic gold medal win by freestyle wrestler Henry Cejudo took the...

  • A Latin approach to dieting promises a “bombshell body”

    Latin cuisine takes center stage in a new diet book that mixes cultural anecdotes, psychology and traditional ingredients to create a slimming regimen. LatinaLista — What's not to like about a diet plan that appeals to cultural pride, does side-by-side comparisons of itself with more popular plans and doesn’t just try to...

  • Global race event strides to bring people together for a good cause

    LatinaLista — We've all heard about the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and for some of us, it's about the only time we join with friends and strangers to lace up and sweat for a good cause. Well, now there's another reason to do it and, at the same time,...

  • Revving for Career Success on the Fast-Track of Drag Car Racing

    Erica Ortiz breaks gender barriers and speed records to cross the finish line as a Latina pro drag race car driver. Erica Ortiz LatinaLista — Florida-native Erica Ortiz has always had a competitive streak. It's what fueled this Cuban/Puerto Rican's dreams of athletic success throughout her school years. Yet when a serious...

  • Getting to the root of why so many Latino children are out of shape and gordo

    LatinaLista — A landmark study released by the American Journal of Public Health just days before the close of 2006 revealed an alarming trend: Latino pre-schoolers are twice as likely as white or black children to be overweight or obese. The researchers couldn’t explain it, but two Latinas may very well hold...

  • New Latino Diet Guide Doesn’t Discount Cultural Roots to Eating Healthy

    LatinaLista — Among all the crisis that plague the well-being of Latinos, diet, or lack of it, is at the top. A new nutritional guide scheduled for a national roll-out this month, titled Camino Magico, released this week by the Latino Nutrition Coalition and a company named Oldways presents yet another guide...