Give Yourself the Gift of Health In 2008

Give Yourself the Gift of Health In 2008

Registered Dietician Sylvia Meléndez-Klinger provides Latinas with tips for incorporating healthy habits into their lifestyle to help improve overall health


Fort Washington, PA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–January 2, 2008–According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than half(1) of Latina women in the U.S. are overweight, which puts them at greater risk for diabetes and other obesity-related diseases. Making simple changes for a healthier lifestyle can help Latinas reduce the risk of certain health conditions. Registered Dietitian, Certified Fitness Trainer and nutrition writer, Sylvia Meléndez-Klinger is speaking out to educate Latinas on incorporating healthy practices in their everyday lives in the New Year.

“Today, Latinas are more aware of the importance of making the right health decisions; yet, our traditional Hispanic dishes and busy lifestyles are often obstacles to success,” said Meléndez-Klinger. “It is important for Latinas to incorporate simple health and wellness habits into everyday routines – such as cooking and baking with SPLENDA(R) No Calorie Sweetener instead of sugar to reduce calories or playing a game of soccer with the family — to help maintain a healthier lifestyle.”

Further, as the prevalence of diabetes is at least 2 to 4 times higher among Latinas(2) when compared to non-Latinas, it is particularly important for this population – and those who are susceptible to it – to understand that healthier food alternatives exist. There are opportunities for people living with diabetes – along with their whole family – to enjoy in moderation their favorite sweet foods with less sugar. .

Tips for a Healthier 2008

— Plan and cook nutritious meals together with family. Provide an opportunity to teach your kids how to eat healthier and spend time with them by making cooking a family activity.

— For an overwhelming number of Latinas, the kitchen is the most important room in the house and many prefer cooking traditional dishes at home using the freshest ingredients. When preparing meals, cut calories without sacrificing taste by using low calorie sweeteners, such as SPLENDA(R) Sweeteners to make traditional recipes and beverages. Look for other ways to cut fat, carbohydrates, and calories in these family favorites.

— More than two thirds of Latinas realize they need to exercise more; however taking the time for physical activity may be difficult. Increase daily activity by lifting 20 ounce water bottles or soup cans while watching your favorite novela, dancing while cleaning or even placing your phone far from reach so you have to run a few flights of stairs to answer it. These minor adjustments to everyday situations count toward your daily physical activity.

— For the majority of Latinas spending time with family is very important. Plan active family time together—go for a bike ride, walk together with the family dog, roller skate or ice skate.

— Latina moms tend to give love and support to family members, while leaving little time for themselves. Remember to schedule some time in the day for yourself. Reduce daily stress with exercise, friendships, group affiliations, hobbies and laughing.

— Schedule a visit with your doctor at least once a year. Prevention is the best way to stay healthy. Early diagnosis of many conditions can be treated with minimal intervention. Your family will thank you–they will be grateful for a great role model and a healthy mom.

For reduced sugar recipes for traditional, Latin dishes that include SPLENDA Sweetener Products visit http://www.SplendaEnEspañ Recipes include:

— Traditional dishes to celebrate Three Kings Day

— Rosca de Reyes

— Sweet Tamales

— Flan

— Chocolate (Mexican Hot Chocolate)

— Alfajores

— Dishes for use as family meals or entertaining that will help kick-off a healthier year

— Pollo al limón

— Lomo de cerdo glaseado

— Sandwich BLT picante y dulce

About Sylvia Meléndez-Klinger

Sylvia Meléndez-Klinger began her career as an Administrative Dietitian at New England Memorial Hospital in Boston, MA. Sylvia was also a research dietitian at Northwestern University Preventive Medicine in Chicago, IL. Prior to starting her own business, Hispanic Food Communications, Inc., Sylvia was with The Quaker Oats Company in Chicago for ten years, working with cutting-edge product innovations. Sylvia has also worked for the WIC Program (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children sponsored by the USDA) as a supervising nutritionist and for the University of California—Irvine Medical Center as a clinical and research dietician. She earned her bachelor degree in Dietetics and Nutrition from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA, and her Masters of Science in Public Administration from DePaul University in Chicago. Sylvia also earned her Certification in Personal Training from the National Council of Strength and Fitness (NCSF).

About SPLENDA(R) Sweeteners

SPLENDA(R) Sweetener Products contain sucralose (SPLENDA(R) Brand Sweetener), the no calorie sweetener that is made from sugar, tastes like sugar, but is not sugar. SPLENDA(R) Sweetener Products have been safely enjoyed by millions of consumers worldwide, including pregnant or nursing women, children, and individuals with diabetes. SPLENDA(R) No Calorie Sweetener is the nation’s #1 selling branded sweetener and can be used virtually anywhere sugar is used, including cooking and baking. The complete line of products includes SPLENDA(R) No Calorie Sweetener in packet and granulated form, SPLENDA(R) Sugar Blend, SPLENDA(R) Brown Sugar Blend, SPLENDA(R) QUICK PACK(TM) No Calorie Sweetener Pouches, SPLENDA(R) Flavors for Coffee, SPLENDA(R) FLAVOR ACCENTS(TM) Sticks for water or tea and SPLENDA(R) Minis No Calorie Sweetener Tablets.

SPLENDA(R) Sweeteners are marketed by McNeil Nutritionals, LLC. For more information on SPLENDA(R) Sweeteners or to obtain recipes and tips on cooking and baking with the brand, visit or call 1-800-7-SPLENDA (1-800-777-5363). Or, for a sweet shopping experience, visit

About McNeil Nutritionals

McNeil Nutritionals, LLC, is a global marketer of innovative nutritional products. The company’s mission is to give people the ability to actively manage their own health. McNeil Nutritionals, LLC markets SPLENDA(R) Sweetener Products, VIACTIV(R) Dietary Supplements, LACTAID(R) Milk and Dietary Supplements, and BENECOL(R) Products. McNeil Nutritionals, LLC is headquartered in Fort Washington, PA.

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention –

2. American Diabetes Association –

Give Yourself the Gift of Health In 2008