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National Association of Hispanic Nurses Launches
Muevete (Move) USATM Expansion

Washington, DC (March 8, 2012) — The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) is pleased to announce the expansion of its Muevete (Move) USATM program.

The Muevete (Move) USATM program was designed and executed by NAHN as a pilot last year to raise awareness for the childhood obesity issue and encourage Hispanic youth to make and maintain healthy lifestyle changes.

Since 2010, the program has received $300,000 in funding from The Coca-Cola Foundation in the form of two grants. With the second grant, NAHN will deploy Muevete (Move) USATM in 10 additional locations and will now include entire families in the program.

“Childhood obesity is an epidemic in the United States, so much so that one in five children in the U.S. are overweight or obese. And Hispanics have a 21 percent higher prevalence compared to Caucasians,” said NAHN President Angie Millan, MSN, RNP, CNS, FAAN, who will be the project director. “NAHN is pleased to have received two generous grants from The Coca-Cola Foundation to fight this issue.”

Muevete (Move) USATM drew its inspiration from First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign. The NAHN program enlists nurses to educate families on the importance of exercise and healthy eating habits to prevent childhood and adolescent obesity in the Hispanic community.

“Awareness of the obesity issue is the first step toward a solution, and the National Association of Hispanic Nurses is making great progress toward this end,” said Frank Ros, Vice President, Hispanic Strategies for Coca-Cola North America. “This program is truly making a difference by encouraging families and youth not only to be aware of the issue, but also take action to live healthier lifestyles. We are proud to support NAHN in these efforts.” 

Last year, the pilot program was deployed in five locations: Los Angeles; Chicago; Brownsville, Texas; Phoenix; and San Antonio. 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 youth how to prepare simple, inexpensive and wholesome snacks. In Phoenix, students used decks of cards to measure portion sizes. In San Antonio, youth and their families reflected on what healthy means to them.

The chapters developed YouTube videos as part of the project, which are available at www.nahnnet.org/2011MueveteUSAChaptersVideos.html.

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About National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN)
NAHN National Association of Hispanic Nurses® is a non-profit professional association committed to the promotion of the professionalism and dedication of Hispanic nurses by providing equal access to educational, professional, and economic opportunities for Hispanic nurses. NAHN is also dedicated to the improvement of the quality of health and nursing care of Hispanic consumers.

About The Coca-Cola Foundation
The Coca-Cola Foundation awarded more than $70 million to 263 community organizations around the world in 2011 to support sustainable community initiatives, including water stewardship, community recycling, active, healthy living, and education. For more information about The Coca-Cola Foundation, please go to www.thecoca-colacompany.com/citizenship/foundation_coke.html.

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