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Authors: Claudia M. González, MS. RD. & Lourdes Alcañiz, MA

Gordito Doesn’t Mean Healthy is the very first book about obesity in Latino children. Traditional Latino culture believes “a gordito or fat baby is a healthy baby”. This idea was born in a time and place when food wasn’t as plentiful and those with more weight had a greater chance of survival should food become scarce. This cultural belief, along with some genetic factors specific to Latinos, is resulting in an obesity epidemic in the Latino community among both children and adults.

Written by a nutritionist and a health reporter, both Hispanic mothers, Gordito Doesn’t Mean Healthy is the first book of its kind, offering information, strategies and tools to prevent and manage obesity in children.

To order Gordito, Doesn’t Mean Healthy, call (305) 740-4955



Aetna Highlights Hispanic Role Models in 2009-2010 Latino Calendar

AETNA has released its 2009-2010 Latino Calendar, which celebrates contemporary Latino role models who are helping to build stronger, healthy communities.  The online version of the calendar is available at  www.aetnalatinocalendar.comReleased to coincide with National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15), the 2009-2010 Aetna Latino Calendar features individuals who serve as strong role models to many,  particularly younger Latinos, based on their professional accomplishments, and their ability to inspire others.  Each individual featured has a health-related, fitness/wellness background.

The third edition of the annual bilingual calendar runs through December 2010.

The 2009-2010 Aetna Latino Calendar — Construyendo Comunidades Latinas Saludables: Modelos de Vida Contemporáneos — is available for purchase for $4 per copy by calling (860) 273-0509. Proceeds from calendar sales will benefit DiversityInc Foundation, a charitable organization affiliated with DiversityInc, which provides scholarships for financially disadvantaged students.

Individuals featured in this year’s calendar include leaders in the fields of business; community involvement; academics; advocacy/grass-roots outreach; medicine; dietetics; nutrition; and athletics.

The calendar profilees are:

  • Jane Delgado, M.S., President and CEO, National Alliance for Hispanic Health;
  • Paul J. Diaz, President and CEO, Kindred Healthcare Inc.;
  • Francisco Ramos-Gomez, DDS, Professor of Pediatric Dentistry, UCLA School of Dentistry, and President, Hispanic Dental Association;
  • Joanna Otero-Cruz, Director of Family and Behavioral Health Services, Congreso de Latinos Unidos;
  • Paloma Izquierdo Hernandez, President and CEO, Urban Health Plan, Inc.;
  • Norma Martínez-Rogers, Ph.D., RN, F.A.A.N., Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center’s School of Nursing, and President, National Hispanic Nurses Association;
  • Roberto Salazar, President, Self Reliance Foundation;
  • Claudia González, MS, RD, Dietitian, Nutritionist and Communicator;
  • Marcos Oliveria, Ph.D., M.A., Associate Professor of Pharmacy, University of the Incarnate Word;
  • Gigi Fernandez, Professional tennis player;
  • Marco Jacome, Executive Director, Healthcare Alternative Systems; and
  • Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, MD, Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.“The calendar is another example of Aetna’s commitment to the Latino community.  Aetna recognizes and celebrates role models in the Latino community, and expresses its appreciation for the many ways in which the perspectives and experiences of Latinos have enriched our company and the communities where our employees live and work,” said Raymond Arroyo, head of diversity for Aetna.



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