Tag Archives: Zumba

Grassroots Efforts Plant Seeds for Community Involvement

The interesting thing about grassroots efforts is that often times the seeds planted sprout efforts of their own, and the community-based program you started grows organically beyond what you expected. … Continue Reading →

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Story about Exercise Becomes an Exercise in Civility

Last week the Sacramento Bee did a wonderful story on the Latino Leadership Council’s promotora program—specifically the free Zumba and nutrition classes led by promotoras. The classes are a great way for Latinas in the community to come together, get some exercise, build camaraderie, share experiences and learn valuable nutrition and health information. While the story was very positive, I was taken aback by the speed in which the story’s online comment board turned nasty and vile. … Continue Reading →

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Taking (Rhythmic) Steps to Better Health

One of the great things about Latino culture is the food—who doesn’t like pan dulce, sopes or tamales? Unfortunately, all that culinary yumminess is also one of the reasons why Latinos have such a high obesity and diabetes rate. That doesn’t mean we need to give it all up…after all, food is as much part of our culture as our music, our family bonds, our language and our rocky relationship with punctuality. With the right mix of moderation and exercise, we can still fully enjoy our tortas and chilaquiles. … Continue Reading →

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