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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.
For Immediate Release:
NAHN’s Muevete (Move) USA™ Healthy-Lifestyle Project Makes an Impact Nationwide
(Washington, D.C., October 31, 2013) – There’s a movement that’s spreading across the nation, and it’s called Muevete USA! A project that brings together nurses and nursing student volunteers, low-income Hispanic children, and community organizations to learn about the importance of healthy eating. Muevete USA has increased its impact nationwide in 2013.
Muevete (Move) USA, a program designed and executed by the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) community, is 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 USA seeks to equip nurses with the skills and passion to short-circuit the pervasive cycle of childhood and adolescent obesity in the Hispanic community.
Since its implementation in 2011, the five-lesson educational program – teaching the basics of healthy eating, through preparing healthy snacks and exercise activities – has gathered momentum nationwide, having doubled in both participation and enthusiasm this year.
“The 2013 NAHN Muevete USA obesity prevention program was exceptional,” says Project Director, Angie Millan, RN, MSN, NP, CNS, FAAN. “First, we doubled the number of instructors trained and the number of children who participated. Secondly, the program was implemented in 20 NAHN chapters throughout the United States, an increase of 5 chapters from the previous year. The most popular part of the program continues to be the five lessons, where the children get to interact with the instructors and participate in hands-on activities,” Millan added.
In 2012, the program expanded its reach from children only to include their parents, custodians and relatives, and saw increased community partnerships which emphasized the grassroots focus of the project.
The Chapters developed videos as part of the project. Visit http://www.nahnnet.org/2012MueveteUSAChaptersVideos.html to watch the videos.
“We are delighted to once again partner with NAHN and this important health lifestyle training program,” says Frank Ros, Vice President, Hispanic Strategies for Coca-Cola North America. “This program is another step toward helping to create healthy, sustainable communities.”
“We are so proud of our student members, as well as the experienced NAHN nurses who came together with children and their families in low-income Hispanic communities to make this project a huge success,” remarked NAHN President, Jose Alejandro, PhD, RN-BC, MBA, CCM, FACHE. “NAHN wants to thank the Coca-Cola Foundation for making this project possible.”
From New York City to Rio Grande Valley to Los Angeles, NAHN chapters, Hispanic nurses and nursing students, along with children and their families, continue to move to the beat of a healthier life.
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