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Muevete (Move) USATM
Washington, DC (August 11, 2011) — What do you get when you add enthusiastic Hispanic nurses and nursing students, low-income Hispanic children, healthy eating information, and a little bit of Latin dancing? Muevete (Move) USATM!
Muevete (Move) USATM, a pilot program designed and executed by members of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN), was possible thanks to a $150,000 grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation.
It draws inspiration from First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign. Muevete (Move) USATM seeks to equip young nurses with the skills and passion to short-circuit the pervasive cycle of childhood and adolescent obesity in the Hispanic community.
“We are delighted to partner with NAHN and this important health lifestyle training program,” said Frank Ros, Vice President, Hispanic Strategies for Coca Cola North America. “This program is pivotal in helping to create healthy, sustainable communities.”
“We’re proud of the student members of NAHN, as well as the experienced NAHN nurses who worked together to change the attitudes and behaviors of children in low-income Hispanic communities,” reports NAHN President, Angie Millan, RN, MSN, NP, CNS.
“NAHN wants to thank the Coca-Cola Foundation for making this project possible,” added Millan.In Los Angeles, nursing students taught fifth-graders how to read food labels. In Chicago, Muevete participants danced to the beat of Latin music at the South Chicago Neighborhood House. In Brownsville, Texas, nursing students taught children how to prepare simple, inexpensive and wholesome snacks. In Phoenix, students used deck of cards to measure portion sizes. In San Antonio, children and their families reflected on what healthy means to them.
The Chapters developed YouTube videos as part of the project. Visit www.nahnnet.org/2011MueveteUSAChaptersVideos.html to watch the videos.
“We are teaching an ideal population, Hispanic nursing students, to be pivotal players in teaching our children how to eat a healthy diet and place a high value on physical activity,” said Muevete (Move) USATM project director Norma Martinez Rogers, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, of the University of Texas Health Science Center.
“If we don’t intervene, our Hispanic children will have problems as adults.”
From Phoenix to Chicago to the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, more Hispanic children are now thinking about making healthy choices, thanks to Muevete USA and the commitment and passion of student nurses.
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