Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 26, 2013
On Saturday, June 29, 2013, Alderman George A. Cardenas, Chairman of the Chicago Health Committee, and the Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition will present their seventh annual family health and fitness fair ¡Vive tu Vida! Get up! Get Moving!® This event promotes Hispanic family physical activity and good nutrition for better health and wellness for people of all ages and all sizes. The event, which is FREE and open to the public, will be held at the McKinley Park Fieldhouse located at 2210 West Pershing Road in Chicago, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
"According to the Office of Minority Health, more than a third of Hispanic adults in the U.S. have excess weight. That is why it is so important that we as a community come together to hold events like ¡Vive tu Vida! Get up! Get Moving!® As Chairman of the Committee on Health and Environmental Protection, I believe that we must continue to encourage members of our community to live a healthier lifestyle," stated Alderman Cardenas. "By promoting exercise and healthy eating in a fun and entertaining way, ¡Vive tu Vida! Get up! Get Moving!® is working to change the lives of Latinos in Chicago and around the country."
“This event has saved lives. Thousands of Chicagoans have received health screenings, joined an exercise group or sports team, or learned about health services available to them,” said the Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition’s Executive Director, Esther Sciammarella. “In our seventh year we are proud to have over 65 partners joining us to provide free services and a terrific day of health and fun for the whole family.”
¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® demonstrates the power of culture, family, and community, and better health for all. The Chicago event will feature health screenings and information including blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, and kidney disease; vision and dental exams; and, Medicare and Medicaid enrollment details. There will also be activities for the whole family including a fitness walk; tennis clinics provided by the U.S. Tennis Association; exercise demonstrations; a soccer tournament; Mexican folkoric dance performances; and, raffles for sporting events, concerts, bicycles, and other prizes.
“The support we receive from Newman’s Own Foundation and the Health Foundation for the Americas allow us to serve 20,000 people at community family health events this year, like the one this weekend in Chicago,” said Dr. Jane L. Delgado, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the nation’s leading Hispanic health advocacy group, and author of The Latina Guide to Health and Buena Salud® guide series.
“We are proud to support the National Alliance for Hispanic Health in providing community-based health and nutrition outreach,” said Robert Forrester, president of Newman’s Own Foundation. “One of the Foundation’s priorities is the support of nonprofits whose focus is on nutrition, and ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® works to address a broad range of needs on the local level.”
All participants of ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® Chicago will be eligible to register for the National Alliance for Hispanic Health’s Buena Salud® Club. This free membership club is designed to promote healthy lifestyles by providing year-round reliable and confidential health information and provider referrals.
About the Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition
The Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition was established in June 1991 as a multi-disciplinary membership organization to address the need to promote health and prevent disease among Chicago's Hispanic community. The Coalition's mission is to promote healthy behavior and prevent chronic disease. CHHC advances health education and disease prevention in the Hispanic community through coalition building and direct action. It seeks to empower the Hispanic community by providing a centralized forum for capacity building, coordination, policy and networking among health and human service providers and the communities they serve. For more information, visit http://www.chicagohispanichealthcoalition.org/.
About the National Alliance for Hispanic Health
The Alliance is the nation’s foremost science-based source of information and trusted advocate for the health of Hispanics in the United States. The Alliance represents thousands of Hispanic health providers across the nation providing services to more than 15 million each year, making a daily difference in the lives of Hispanic communities and families. For more information, visit http://www.hispanichealth.org or call the Alliance’s Su Familia National Hispanic Family Health Helpline at 1-866-783-2645.
About ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!®
In its seventh year, ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® is the premier national family physical activity and healthy lifestyle event series in the nation. These family-oriented events are organized by leading Hispanic community-based organizations and are tailored to the interests and cultures of each community. In 2013, ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® events are being held in Albuquerque, NM; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Kennett Square, PA; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Phoenix, AZ; Brownsville, TX; and, San Diego, CA. The National Alliance for Hispanic Health and the Health Foundation for the Americas present the series, along with its national supporter, Newman’s Own Foundation, national media partner, Univision Communication’s Salud es vida, and national partners, the Embassy of Mexico, and the United States Tennis Association. For more information call 1-866-783-2645, and visit http://www.getupgetmoving.org or the event’s Facebook page at http://facebook.com/healthyamericas/events.