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When is the last time you thought about your health goals? Whether it was last week, last month,or even last year, now is the time to revisit your goals and restart healthy habits that you may have put on hold.Getting back into a routine after time off can seem overwhelming at first, but you can do it. Start by thinking about how far you’ve already come. Consider the challenges you’ve likely faced and the success you achieved along the way. Both have helped you build up the skills you need to achieve your goals. Instead of thinking about time lost, focus on the future and everything that you’ll be able to accomplish! Being a part of a lifestyle change program from the National Diabetes Prevention Program, now is the time to revisit, refresh, and restart your healthy lifestyle goals by following the steps below.
Revisit: Begin by revisiting your goals. If you are part of a lifestyle change program, your goals may already be written down. If not, try to remember the last time you set goals for yourself and what they were. It might be helpful to write them out. An example of a goal might be to add vegetables to at least two of your meals and snacks during the day or to go for a 30-minute walk 4 days a week.
Refresh: Once you’ve revisited your past goals, it’s time to refresh them! This is a chance to think about where you are currently and what you want to accomplish in the future. This may have changed over time.Read over your past goals and think about the following:
You will also want to write down three actions that you can do to achieve each goal. For example, if your goal is to add vegetables to at least two of your meals and snacks during the day, your three actions could be: browsing online recipes for inspiration, planning out your meals before you go to the grocery store, and washing and prepping vegetables so they're ready to eat through out the week. Remember,your actions should be:
Restart: You’ve got your goals and your action plan that outlines the steps you need to take for success. Now it’s time to put them to the test and try. If they work, keep going! If you find yourself having difficulties, don’t give up! Pause and re examine. Revisit your goals, refresh, and restart. The most important thing is to set attainable goals and actions that work for you so that you can achieve better health.
As you work toward your refreshed health goals, remember to seek out support from those around you. Support from your family, friends, and coworkers will encourage you and help keep you on track. If you haven’t already, you can also join a lifestyle change program. A trained lifestyle coach works with a group of participants to help them learn how to eat healthier, exercise more, and reduce stress. The class is specifically designed for people who have prediabetes, a condition where a person’s blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. With support from the lifestyle change coach and each other, participants have been shown to cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half.
During this time of social distancing it's easy to be tempted to put aside your healthy routines. But just because you’re staying at home doesn’t mean you can’t continue to make healthy lifestyle choices. After all, you need to stay healthy to be there for your family and neighbors in need. Staying healthy can also help to reduce stress.
While they may not be part of your usual routine, there are many ways to get moving, eat healthy, and stay socially connected with those you care about even when staying indoors. Try following these tips to keep up with your healthy habits:
Most of all, remember to stay positive! It’s natural to feel stress or anxiety when your movement is limited and your routines are disrupted; but being active, eating healthy, and staying connected during this time can help.
Fashion Designer Mario De La Torre Teams with Justice for Migrant Women, Hispanic Heritage Foundation and National Center for Farmworker Health to protect Farmworkers during COVID-19 Crisis
Actor Nicholas Gonzalez to Serve as Spokesperson for Public Awareness Campaign
LOS ANGELES, CA(April 6, 2020) – Acclaimed Fashion Designer Mario De La Torre has teamed up with Justice for Migrant Women, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, and National Center for Farmworker Health by launching a campaign in support of farmworkers toiling in agricultural jobs across America during COVID-19 crisis titled #Masks4Farmworkers campaign. Actor Nicholas Gonzalez from ABC’s television series The Good Doctorwill serve as the main spokesperson for the effort which will include other celebrities.
There are 2-3 million farmworkers who put themselves at risk by continuing to pick, pack and plant the fruits and vegetables that families across America are depending on more than ever amid the COVID-19 crisis. Not only do farmworkers labor shoulder-to-shoulder with each other, they also can inhale pesticides or field dust, which can trigger asthma attacks and other serious respiratory problems--all of which puts them at an even greater risk during the coronavirus pandemic. De La Torre and his team of designers will be sewing tens of thousands of masks, and much more depending on funding, to protect these vital and valued members of America’s workforce and communities.
The #Masks4Farmworkers campaign is another facet of Justice for Migrant Women's ongoing advocacy in support of farmworkers, including the Farmworker Pandemic Relief Fund that they established in conjunction with Hispanics in Philanthropy. To contribute, visithttps://hipgive.org/project/farmworkers-covid-19-pandemic-relief-fund/.
“Farmworkers are the heartbeat of humanity,” said Fashion Designer Mario de la Torre. “Just like we can’t survive without our hearts and the food that nourishes us every day, we can’t survive without these heroes. Through the #Mask4Farmworkers campaign, we have an opportunity to show gratitude to farmworkers through our craft. I look forward to working in concert with other designers and sewists in this effort.”
The #Masks4Farmworkers campaign is also designed to raise the awareness and appreciation of farmworkers while mobilizing others in the fashion industry and in our communities to sew masks to protect farmworkers. To support the effort by sewing or contributing materials for masks, visit https://forms.gle/9n2mbVHJJUwyiz8j7.
The federal government has deemed farmworkers as essential workers during this time of crisis. Advocates have raised many concerns about the threat to farmworker health, given the already poor working and living conditions that exist for farmworkers across our nation. Farmworkers earn poverty wages, many live in overcrowded housing, and they often do not have required soap and water in the fields in order to wash their hands.
“Farmworkers have always been at risk of illness and harm, but that risk has increased exponentially with COVID-19,” said Mónica Ramírez, President of Justice for Migrant Women. “Their work conditions make it nearly impossible for farmworkers to be able to abide by the social distancing, handwashing and other requirements that health care professionals say are necessary to prevent the transmission of the illness. Farmworkers deserve protection along with respect and appreciation for feeding us every day.”
Advocates have raised particular concern about the well-being of migrating workers who live in labor camps and often travel in buses and vans with multiple workers. There is a fear that many workers could become sick and fear that they will not have access to the medical care that they need in order to get required treatment. Given that the overwhelming majority of farmworkers are undocumented or from mixed status families, many will not qualify for some of the most important benefits and protections being offered under the stimulus bills, including free COVID-19 testing and the stimulus checks.
“This campaign will bring critically needed resources to front line staff who are key to ensuring that farm workers continue to have access to health care services and stay abreast of information resources that can help them navigate this very complex and evolving crisis,” said Sylvia Partida, CEO of National Center for Farmworker Health.
In addition to this, limited resources and the lack of PPE for health care providers is threatening the ability for rural health clinics to provide farmworkers and their families with the health care that they need. The #Masks4Farmworkers initiative aims to ensure that the farmworkers who feed us and the health care professionals who serve them have much-needed protective wear in order to safely perform their jobs.
“All Americans should care about protecting our farmworkers,” said Antonio Tijerino, president and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. “Every single time we take a bite of food, we should think about the importance of our farmworkers. And now we need to do our part to protect them not just from COVID-19 but from the all the risks they deal with to nobly nourish us and our families.”
About Justice for Migrant Women
Justice for Migrant Women protects and advances migrant women’s rights through education, public awareness and advocacy. Justice for Migrant Women aims to ensure that all migrant women are guaranteed human and civil rights, including the freedom of mobility, the ability to live and work with dignity, and the right to be free of threats of violence against them and their families, whether they are migrating across borders, around regions or within states. (https://justice4women.org/)
About Mario de la Torre
Born and raised on the streets of south central LA, fashion designer Mario De La Torre knows what it is to sweat and struggle for art. Imparting a brutally honest vision of hood influences, west coast appeal and Chicano culture, De La Torre approaches his designs with an open mind and the intent to empower people including artists Bebe Rexha, Ashanti, Lauren Hill, and Ziggy Azelia among others. Visit https://www.instagram.com/_mario_delatorrehttps://www.facebook.com/mariodelatorre.co/
About National Center for Farmworker Health
The National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH) is a private, not-for-profit corporation located in Buda, Texas dedicated to improving the health status of farmworker families. We provide information services, training and technical assistance, and a variety of products to community and migrant health centers nationwide, as well as organizations, universities, researchers and individuals involved in farmworker health. (http://www.ncfh.org/)
About Hispanic Heritage Foundation
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is a national nonprofit focused on education, workforce, culture and leadership. HHF is headquartered in Washington, DC, and Los Angeles with satellites in New York, Silicon Valley, and Miami (www.HispanicHeritage.org).
There are many reasons to learn more about your health. To know where you stand. To be in control. To feel better. And it all starts with knowing if you’re at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. There’s an easy way to find out – by taking the quick and easy 1-minute, online prediabetes risk test: www.cdc.gov/diabetes/risktest.
Why learn your risk? An estimated 84 million American adults – or 1 in 3 – have prediabetes. Prediabetes means your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet for a diabetes diagnosis.
You might be at risk of prediabetes if you:
The good news is that prediabetes can often be reversed with lifestyle changes such as eating healthier, increasing physical activity, and learning how to manage stress. If your results show you’re at high risk for prediabetes, schedule an appointment with your doctor to learn how to lower your chances of getting type 2 diabetes.
You have important reasons to stay healthy – so you can continue to do the things you love with the people you love. So what’s your why?
The Ag Worker Access Campaign Health Center Goals & Strategies Poster
has been updated for 2020!
Using this tool is a great way to keep your staff & board involved in your Campaign Goals, Strategies, and Progress so you can work together to increase access to care for Ag workers & their families in your service area.
Let us know how you are using this tool to further your Campaign efforts!
This Valentine’s Day, many will say “I love you” with flowers, candy, or a fancy evening out. But there’s another way you can say I love you – by making your health and your heart a priority. Show your family how much you love them by protecting your health and your heart now so you can spend quality time with them for years to come.
Take time this Valentine’s Day to ask your doctor if you have prediabetes, which puts you at risk for type 2 diabetes. One in three Americans has prediabetes, a condition where a person’s blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. People with prediabetes are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
People with prediabetes are also more likely to have problems with their heart. Your heart is pretty amazing – with each beat, it pumps oxygen-rich blood to every cell in your body. When something goes wrong with your heart, it’s a big deal for your health.
If you find out that you have prediabetes or have a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, there is something you can do to take care of your health. A CDC-recognized lifestyle change program is a proven lifestyle change program that can help you learn the skills you need to lose weight, eat better, become more physically active, and manage stress. In the program, you will work in a group with a trained lifestyle coach to learn the skills you need to make lasting changes.
“So many people in our community have prediabetes. The CDC-recognized lifestyle change program offers a real chance to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. The healthy habits that participants learn in the program have also been shown to reduce the incidence of heart disease and stroke.”
To learn more, visit cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention.
Traditions are a part of family life passed from generation to generation, and many families are making improving their health a new tradition. While type 2 diabetes runs in many Hispanic/Latino families, people are learning that there are steps they can take as a family to prevent or delay it. Making healthy food choices, being more active, and supporting family members with prediabetes to lose a few pounds are ways to show the next generation that type 2 diabetes does not have to be their destiny. During National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 - October 15, NCFH is encouraging families to lower their risk for type 2 diabetes with new healthy habits.
Currently, more than 84 million Americans have prediabetes, and Hispanic people are more likely to develop prediabetes and type 2 diabetes than non-Hispanics. Prediabetes means a person’s blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Prediabetes can lead to type 2 diabetes, a serious disease that can be accompanied by other health conditions such as heart disease, vision loss, and kidney disease. Hispanic/Latino people are more likely to develop prediabetes and type 2 diabetes than non-Hispanics.
What else should you watch for? You and your family members could have prediabetes and be at risk for type 2 diabetes if you have any of the following risk factors:
Type 2 diabetes doesn’t have to happen to you. You can prevent type 2 diabetes if you act early.
Any CDC recognized lifestyle change program, also part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP), can help people with prediabetes change their lifestyle to improve their health. Participants work with one of our trained lifestyle coaches and share experiences with others who have the same goals and challenges. Many who have participated in the program say they have more energy, less stress, and better checkups.
If you think you may have prediabetes or be at risk for type 2 diabetes, you can learn more about lifestyle change programs in your area from the National DPP website. Signing up with your family can help you create a new, healthier family tradition!
The Ag Worker Access Campaign strives to increase access to primary health care services to agricultural workers and their family members across the country. As health centers partner in this effort, a primary and critical step to success is to accurately identify patients as agricultural workers. NCFH offers a wealth of resources to assist health center staff in accurately identifying, classifying and registering agricultural workers and their families in the UDS.
Downloadable Tools & Resources
New! Ag Worker Identification Digital Training Tool
Duration: 10 min
Duration: 10 min
Language: Spanish, with English subtitles
Duration: 1 hr
Language: English and Spanish
Upcoming Regional Conference Training Opportunities
“Understanding the Nuts & Bolts of AG Worker Identification to Drive Access to Care for Ag Workers”
09/25/19: Midwest Stream Forum for Ag Worker Health – Conference Intensive Session
10/10/19: East Coast Migrant Stream Forum – Conference Educational Session
Customized Training Opportunities
Contact Lisa Miller for information regarding customized Ag Worker Identification virtual and in-person training options for your health center or network.
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