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Mujer mejora condición emocional por medio de ejercicio

“Ser pre diabética, querer tener hijos y no tener trabajo me motivaron a utilizar mi tiempo extra para alcanzar mi meta de un peso saludable”, dice Brenda Quiñones. Con una sonrisa en la cara, dice que gracias al programa es más activa. La trayectoria no ha sido fácil, ya que a ella no le gusta levantarse temprano, pero sabiendo que hay más personas haciendo lo mismo, la motiva a seguir adelante.

Brenda Quiñones muestra la cantidad de libras que ha perdido en el transcurso de siete semanas dentro del programa de 100 Ciudadanos del Valle de San Fernando. Foto: Victoria López de Dios / El Nuevo Sol

Brenda Quiñones muestra la cantidad de libras que ha perdido en el transcurso de siete semanas dentro del programa de 100 Ciudadanos del Valle de San Fernando. Foto: Victoria López de Dios / El Nuevo Sol

Por VICTORIA LÓPEZ DE DIOS
EL NUEVO SOL-SALUD

Entre felicitaciones, Brenda Liliana Quiñones no permitía que su triunfo reciente, por más grandioso que fuera, la detuviera. Durante su clase de ejercicio, mientras tomaba sus exámenes semanales, era inevitable no notar la alegría en su rostro.

“Cumplió la meta del programa en cuatro semanas”, dice Jazmyn Jasso, la instructora de prevención de diabetes del programa 100 Ciudadanos. El programa requiere que los participantes reduzcan su peso actual por el 7 por ciento. Quiñones, pesando 119.0 kg (262 libras) al comienzo del programa, logró superar ésta meta, bajando 8 kg (19 libras), en tan sólo cuatro semanas. 

“Yo soy muy competitiva. Si alguien puede, entonces yo puedo más”, dice Quiñones. Gracias al Programa de Prevención de Diabetes del Parque de Recreación de San Fernando, Quiñones ha logrado una de sus metas personales: bajar de peso. Al practicar ejercicio cardiovascular, ella se esforzaba mucho más de lo que los instructores le sugerían.

Lee el reportaje completo en El Nuevo Sol: El Nuevo Sol.

HealthCare Re-Form: Future Healthcare Provider’s Perspective

Emmanuel Reid
EL NUEVO SOL—SALUD

Healthcare reform as a concept can seem a bit daunting, what exactly does it mean? How will things change? It is important to understand the healthcare system in place in order to fully conceptualize what changes are to come. With the Supreme Court ultimately deeming the Affordable Care Act as a constitutional reform to America’s health care, change is inevitable. Natasha Lare is a health service provider that has reform on the mind.  Her vision for the future is more reliant on preventative care and integrative medicine. The Agency For Healthcare Research and Quality, an initiative from the U.S. Department of Health and Human services, gave me a clear definition of exactly what integrative healthcare is:

”…the combination of practices and methods of alternative medicine with evidence based medicine”.

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Graduate nursing student [Natasha Lare] helping her local community at flu shot clinic.
Photo: Emmanuel Reid.

Natasha’s approach seems to be a trend among the wave of new healthcare professionals. With institutions like UCLA’s Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine  and Dr. Andrew Weil’s Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine  it is apparent that healthcare is heading in a new direction.

“We’re managing disease processes at the end of the process…versus teaching them how to prolong their lives before disease develops.”

Knowledge is power and diagnosing a problem is the first step to recovery. This being said, it’s encouraging to know that with such drastic change for the future our healthcare providers are using the momentum to shape a more holistic healthcare culture.

College Students Wonder: What Is Obamacare?

DARRIN JOHNSON
EL NUEVO SOL—SALUD

With the Supreme Court upholding Obamacare, and President Obama being re-elected, Obamacare is now inevitability. Obamacare is an overhaul of our current healthcare system, which will bring changes such as expanded Medicare coverage, an expanded time period in which young adults can be on their parent’s healthcare coverage, and making it harder for insurance companies to deny people with pre-existing health conditions.

However, there is both a lack of the facts on Obamacare and quite a bit of misinformation as well. A quick Google search of Obamacare will reveal a plethora of websites dedicated to discrediting this attempt at health reform. If one were to go off of what they found on page one of a Google search for the term “Obamacare” they would not come away with an encouraging picture of what it will do.

President Obama Signing The Health Care Bill

President Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House. March 23, 2010. Photo: Keith Ellison.

One segment of the American population that will be particularly affected are college students. Many are under 26 and are on their parent’s healthcare. Many college students will also be living with the changes that Obamacare will bring for many years. The individual parts of the new law will go affect incrementally. As a result, the full effect of it will not be felt until 2020.

Despite how much of an effect the law will have on college students, even they are not well informed on what Obamacare entails. This is not even taking into account whether or not students feel positively or negatively about it. It is rather about the lack of general knowledge on what it does.

The full text of what Obamacare includes can be found at http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/111/hr3590/text. This is the actual bill, so the language used can be quite technical. A simplified, but not complete, overview of Obamacare can be found at http://obamacarefacts.com/affordable-care-act-facts.php

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