–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – CONTEXTO LATINO)–With celebrity role models like Jennifer Lopez, Salma Hayek and Enrique Iglesias sizzling up the radio, big screen and magazine covers, you definitely have inspiration to look and feel your best. However, is your lifestyle preventing you from reaching daily goals and putting your health at risk? If eating high-fat foods and not exercising are part of your routine, you could be headed for trouble.
Reports of diabetes and obesity are on the rise among the Latino community. Latinos are twice as likely as non-Latino whites to have diabetes, according to studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And, according to a report published on HispanicOnline.com, the percentage of obese Latinos has grown from 11.6 percent in 1991 to 20.8 percent in 1998, with numbers continuing to rise. The study was based on phone interviews with more than 100,000 people every year since 1991. Not only can obesity lead to poor self-esteem and destructive eating patterns, it can aggravate diabetic conditions and contribute to high blood pressure, heart disease and certain cancers.
DEVELOP A PLAN OF ACTION
Eating properly and exercising are two of the easiest ways to head off health problems later in life. Here are some tips from the experts at Fuze, a company that offers healthy and innovative beverage choices for consumers:
— Keep high-fat foods in check. Whether it’s a meal out with friends or a snack of platanitos while watching television, high-fat foods should be a limited part of your diet. Look for grilled, rather than fried fare; fill up on salads and greens; and don’t overindulge on desserts. Many fast-food establishments and restaurant chains now offer healthier menu options. Just scan the menu for healthier choices or ask your server for suggestions.
— Get up and get moving. Exercising is the key to maintaining your health and getting your heart pumping. Whether you walk around your neighborhood, choose the stairs instead of the elevator at work or workout at the gym, daily exercise can improve your mood and your waistline.
— Avoid sugary beverages. Avoid sugary beverages. Sodas and fruit punches are often full of sugar and made with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). But there are other healthier options out there with less sugar that can quench your thirst and also refuel your body. The Refresh line from Fuze beverages is one example. Available in three smooth flavors: Mixed Berry, Peach Mango and Banana Colada, each are packed with seven major vitamins, plus calcium. Enjoy them after a workout or anytime you want to feel refreshed.
— Schedule a visit to your doctor. Making regular health check-ups a part of your routine enables your doctor to detect anything out of the ordinary and possibly treat it early on. Many Latinos become seriously ill because they are simply unaware that they are sick.