Latinitas Uses Media & Tech to Debunk Confusing Health Messages
El Paso, TX- Media has such power and influence, directing mixed messages at teen girls about diet, esteem, body image, happiness, achievement and much more. Latinitas’ Healthy Chica Conference, January 30 from 10am-3pm at El Paso First, 1145 Westmoreland for any girl ages 9-18 puts the message-making in girls’ hands and is an opportunity to re-script confusing perspectives about what is and isn’t healthy. Conference attendees will use video, photography, blogging and other digital media methods to explore nutrition, exercise and mental wellness.
Latinitas is partnering with the El Paso First Health Plans to host a full day of health & wellness. Girls will learn about health, wellness, self-esteem, nutrition, fitness and making healthy choices. Girls will also complete an exercise circuit sampling zumba, dance, and yoga. Attendees will be given the opportunity to create original content to implement a health public awareness campaign. Girls and teens at Latinitas’ Healthy Chica Conference will also be visited by nutritionists, doctors, health experts and social workers who will share their career experiences during lunch. Join us for a full day of creating media and empowering the Latina youth.
The Latinitas mission is to empower young Latinas through media and technology. Latinitas was founded as a non-profit in 2002. Latinitas host media enrichment programs to help girls learn how to build confidence and discover their voice. It also publishes the first and only magazine made for and by young Latinas. (www.latinitasmagazine.org)
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services statistics report 73 percent of Mexican American women are overweight or obese, ten percent more than the general population. More than half of Mexican American women do not report any leisure exercise and are consequently at greater risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer. As the U.S.’s largest Latina population, statistics paint a dire picture about the fate of Latina female health, overall. And, these numbers are only addressing physical health. One out of 7 young Latinas attempt suicide, a majority afraid to get help due to dated and cultural stigmas about depression. In many ways, Latina girls’ and teens’ health and wellness is in crisis.
“Girls face unhealthy and contradictory media messages about unhealthy body image ideas as well as advertising for unhealthy food and lifestyles,” said Alicia Rascon, Latinitas founder and CEO. “We want to encourage girls to make healthy choices by learning about what good nutrition is, how to have a positive body image, ways to stay active and to avoid unhealthy substances.”
Girls and teens can register at www.laslatinitas.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 915.219.8554.
Chica Power Conferences
CHICA POWER ACADEMY: Latinitas is recruiting girls in grades 5-8th for our Chica Power workshop series. Girls will meet on a monthly basis to hear inspirational guest speakers, participate in hands-on workshops, meet role models, build confidence, express themselves creatively and discuss girl power topics. The program will encourage girls to grow strong, healthy and confident as they develop leadership skills, connect with female role models, learn ways to overcome peer pressure, boost their self-esteem, learn about the importance of education and explore career options. For more information, contact us at 915.219.8554 and email@example.com. To register, click here.
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- Tech Chica Workshop - December 5 from 10-1pm, EPCC Admin-9050 Viscount
- SPRING 2016: Healthy Chica – January; College Chica – February; International Women’s Day – March; Chica Power Fest – April. REGISTER NOW
Club Latinitas After-School Program
- Weekly girl empowerment clubs focused on creative multimedia expression held at various public libraries, schools & housing authority sites during the school year.
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To request a workshop, contact Latinitas at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 915.219.8554.
Multimedia Arts Camp:(July) Girls in grades 4-8th are invited to find their creative expression outlet in a day of local media makers and field trips to a TV station, radio station and newspaper. SIGN UP NOW
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These camps are geared toward girls ages 9-14. As part of the camp, girls will participate in multimedia arts and self-expression activities and have their work published on LatinitasMagazine.org. The camp runs Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm. The camp features interactive presentations, team challenges, exciting guest speakers, field trips and fun games that address girl issues and encourage self-esteem, expression, confidence and empowerment. To apply for a scholarship, download and complete this scholarship application form. Return the application via email to latinitaselpaso @yahoo.com. For more information, call 915.219.8554 or email email@example.com. REGISTER TODAY
For more information, contact us at 915.219.8554 or firstname.lastname@example.org.