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10 Fitness Fun Facts You Did Not Know

10 Fitness Fun Facts

Working out, to some, might not feel as much fun as to others. Yet, regardless of the fun factor the results will make you feel and look amazing and the health benefits outweighs not working out at all. So don’t hesitate to work yourself into shape or into a healthier lifestyle.


Here are 10 interesting and fun facts about fitness you did not know that will keep you interested and hopefully motivated.


  • Did you know that an estimated 22% of American adults partake in physical fitness activities for at least 30 minutes 5 times a day. Maybe that’s why a third of the country is obese and the U.S. rates as the highest obese nation in the world, according to a published study by Lance.


  • The word ‘gymnasium’ comes from the Greek word “gymnazein”, which literally means, “to exercise naked.” So don’t complain when you see a guy working out without his shirt in a “gymnasium”.


  • Walking at a fast pace burns almost as many calories as jogging for the same distance.


  • Even if you have never worked out, you can start a workout routine and become fit and healthier at anytime.


  • Exercising is more effective than coffee at increasing energy levels


  • It takes about 12 weeks after beginning to exercise to see measurable changes in your body.


  • You will burn more calories sleeping than watching television.


  • 5 million children and teens that don’t participate in regular, sustainable physical activities in the United States are considered obese.


  • Exercise boosts brainpower.


  • Working out decreases depression moods and stress levels.


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Powerhouse Lawyer Ervin Gonzalez Found Dead In His Home In Suspected Suicide

One of  South Florida’s top civil litigator was found dead in his home on Thursday, and according to authorities, his passing is being investigated by police as a suicide

Ervin Gonzalez, a graduate of the University of Miami Law School, was a partner at Colson Hicks Eidson, where he played substantive roles in a number of high-profile cases, including but not limited to the BP oil spill class-action and the Chinese drywall multidistrict litigation. At the time of his death, Gonzalez had accumulated 33 verdicts of at least $1 million, many of them in the top verdicts in America. Gonzalez was also a leader in the legal community, having served as a member of the Florida Bar’s board of governors as well as its executive committee.

Dean Colson of Colson Hicks Eidson released this statement to the Southern District of Florida Blog after discovering that Gonzalez had passed:

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Ervin A. Gonzalez, our beloved partner, friend and role model. Words cannot convey our grief, admiration, or affection for this pillar of our community. Our hearts and prayers go out to his wife Janice and his family and friends during this unfathomable time. A caring, warm, brilliant and masterful trial attorney, he set the standard for the profession in his compassion and vigorous advocacy for those who suffered grievances and injustices at the hands of others. He will be remembered for his intellect, skill and ability to befriend and defend the rights of people from all walks of life with a zest and dedication that was unrivaled. Ervin’s passing reminds all of us that mental illness can strike anyone regardless of how accomplished or content they might appear. Like the Ervin we all knew and loved, he valiantly fought this personal challenge with unmatched effort. He simply was unable to win his hardest and final trial. It pains us to know he was suffering so terribly beyond his control.

We here at Above the Law would like to extend our thoughts and sympathies to Ervin Gonzalez’s family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time.

If you’re depressed and in need of help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255). Remember that you are loved, so please reach out if you need assistance, before it’s too late. Don’t become a statistic — seek help.

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Colombia Brazil & Dominican Republic Leading in Vanity Tourism


The universal idea of beauty has been definitely changed. Now, the most beautiful and most desired women are curvy. For many, the ideal woman is a combination of Jennifer Lopez, Sofia Vergara and Beyonce 

A new interest for female appearance places Latinas among the most attractive and desired women on the planet, which in turn fuels the existing cult of beauty and the women’s obsession with looking beautiful, young and fabulous.

It is no coincidence that countries such as Brazil, The Dominican Republic and Colombia have become the preferred destination for the so-called “beauty-tourism,” a new and innovative trend that has people traveling to other countries a part of promotional packages that include accommodation, medical expenses and cosmetic surgery ranging from breast augmentation to chin liposuction for a fraction of the cost they would have in the U.S.

The business of vanity or plastic surgery is a growing billion-dollar industry in Latin America, where professional success and social acceptance largely depend on physical appearance. This, despite the myriad of terrifying cases of deaths during surgery and of procedures performed in clinics operated by unscrupulous doctors or by people lacking proper credentials.

Back in the homelands, the social pressure some Latinas feel regarding their beauty drives even the ones with the most limited resources to resort to desperate methods that may include a subtle form of prostitution called “chapeo.”

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the most popular types of surgery are buttock augmentation, liposuction and breast augmentation. Botox continues to top the list of most common non-invasive cosmetic procedures worldwide.



Latinas habitually worry about their appearance and the perception others may have of them, including their financial and social status. Looking good is equated to wellness and to doing well financially. We Latinas were raised admiring and wanting to be “just like” the leading actresses in telenovelas.

For most, going under the knife is considered more as psychological healing than a physical change. It boosts the self-esteem of women who were raised to be beautiful, even if that idea of beauty -which follows a European standard – fails to match the features of most of our countries’ population. It only takes a quick look at the most popular Hispanic TV networks or the famous Mexican telenovelas to see this.

From an early age, girls seem to covet having a full behind, voluptuous hips and stroke-inducing breasts, disregarding the effort required or even considering the risk of ending up being part of the terrifying statistics.

It is an emotional and physical balance. It is an mental attitude. It takes strongly believing that you accept yourself and love yourself exactly the way you are, and no letting advertising affect you and make no pursue and artificial idea of perfection.

We Latinas are more than our beauty. We are warriors who have fought for generations for the right to pursue our dreams in our countries of origin and in this new nation that opened its doors to us. And, of course, we also have curves.

 (Originally published in Latin Trends magazine)

Using Technology to Earn Money While Getting Fit!


Many of us are probably done with our typical New Year’s resolution: to lose excess weight and get healthy…most likely we did not follow through. Many lose more momentum instead of weight by the time Día de los Reyes rolls around. Emerging technologies, such as various diet-tracking apps and Fitbit, have helped; sometimes more motivation is needed – how about earning money for every pound lost?!

HealthyWage, for example, provides cash incentives to address our nation’s obesity epidemic and improve America’s collective health. The company was founded in response to academic research that proves even small cash rewards triple the effectiveness of weight-loss programs, finding that people are more effective at losing weight when their own money is at risk. Since social networks play a large role in many lives, this will likely play a large role in reversing obesity. The company couples its popular individual and team-based weight loss contests and challenges that proffer substantial cash prizes (upwards of $10,000) with social and expert-based support, tools and resources, and goal-setting and tracking technologies to further bolster the success rate of its participants. On the HealthyWage website, a potential user just has to enter the amount of weight they wish to lose to get started and a “wager” estimate will appear. Social and expert-based support is also offered.



In addition, there are also a number of mobile apps that help to motivate and track your progress while earning rewards! Step-counting apps Pact and Charity Miles help you set up and keep various activity goals. Pact features food goals, as well, where the user also wagers their money in meeting/failing those goals; earn when goals are succeeded and lose when they aren’t. Charity Miles give you the chance to earn money for charity for all those walking and running workouts. Just choose a charity and go for a jog or a hike but not on the treadmill or stationary bike as the app tracks your phone’s GPS to record mileage. An app that can save you some money is Health4Me, which helps users find various health care providers and facilities in their area as well as comparing for common medical services.

With all that is out there to help us get healthy, and stay healthy, for the rest 2017 and beyond,  let’s choose wisely and stick to it!

Work out while You Work

Chances are you’ve heard several reports throughout the years that discuss the health risks associated with sitting down for long periods. One way to combat that problem and get some exercise in the process is to use a Walkstation. Basically, the Walkstation is a walking speed treadmill that’s integrated into a desk — allowing you to work and keep your body moving at the same time. Like a traditional treadmill, it also shows your progress on a console with the distance traveled, time, speed and calories burned. No suits please, we recomend throwing on some gym clothes. $4,199 — Steelcase



The Gamercize PC-Sport works like a little elliptical machine that you place under your desk, only it will hijack your mouse and keyboard when hooked up to a PC or laptop if it detects you are slowing down to unacceptable levels and lets you know that you need to keep moving to stay productive. Additional software can be included to help you keep track of your workouts. If you are anti multitasking, this may no be for you. $187 — Gamercize




Exercise Tips for the Office

Best Office Exercise To Keep You Healthy



It’s hard to stay fit and healthy while sitting in front of a desk, looking at the computer monitor and typing all day. By the time you get home your hands are cramped, your neck is stiff and your back is too sore to go to the gym. But those are just minor impacts of sitting at a desk for too long. The greater impacts are that it can increase your risk for diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, arthritis, obesity and chronic back pains. So here are the best office exercises that you should do every day while at work to keep you healthy.

Unfortunately, many people don’t know that stretching is a form of exercise that improves the muscle’s elasticity and muscle tone. So while at work, you should stretch your body with these office exercises. Be careful and don’t overstretch. These exercises are meant to feel good and loosen up.

1) Lats and Arm Stretch (10-20 seconds. 2 times)
Stretch out your lats (Latissimi Dorsi), which will improve the rotation of your shoulder blade and arms. This exercise will also relieve tension on your shoulders, arms and waist.
1) 2 Side Arm Stretch




2) Arm and Shoulder Stretch (10-20 seconds. 2 times)

With your fingers woven together, place them away from your body facing out. While straightening your arms in front hold the position.


2) arm and shoulder stretch

3) Shake Out Hands (8-10 seconds. Often)
Prevent carpal tunnel by releasing hand stiffness and cramping from typing and writing. Shake out hands to loosen your fingers.
3) Shake Out Hands

4) Side Neck Stretch (10-12 seconds. 2 times each side)
Looking down at your computer and paperwork will put a strain on your neck. Slowly place ear towards shoulder (doesn’t have to touch), while looking forward.

8) Side Neck Stretch

5) Back and Chest Stretch (10-15 seconds. 2 times)
Research shows that back problem mostly occurs while sitting for long periods. Place your hands on your lower back and raise your chest towards the sky.
4) Chest and Back Stretch


6 Powerful Things A Cold Shower Will Do For You

Start your day with a bang. Take a cold shower, you don’t have to go hardcore. You can gradually increase the temperature and the time spent as you go along, but don’t sleep on this,it really . Don’t procrastinate, like the Nike’s slogan so famously quotes: “Just Do it”!

  1. Cold showers boost recovery after exercise
    Athletes often take ice baths after vigorous training do reduce soreness. No worries, you don’t have to go to that extreme (thank God), but you can obtain a similar benefit with a quick cold shower after your training sessions. It will surely help you and your muscles will agree.


2. Cold showers increase mood and alertness
Many people feel groggy when they take that first step out of bed. So a great way to wake first thing in the morning is to take a cold shower before you go to work. When cold water pours over your body, your breathing deepens in response to the shock of the cold (this is your body trying to keep you warm by increasing overall oxygen intake). Your heart rate will also increase, resulting in a rush of blood through your body that will help you get energized for the day.

3.Cold showers strengthen immunity and circulation
Cold showers can aid weight loss in an unexpected way. The human body contains two types of fat tissue, white fat and brown fat. White fat is accumulated when we consume more calories than our body needs to function, and we don’t burn these calories for energy. This body fat piles up at our waist, lower back, neck, and thighs, and is the one we all struggle to eliminate. Brown fat is the good fat, which generates heat to keep our bodies warm, and is activated when exposed to extreme cold, according to a Harvard Medical School study.


4.Cold showers burn fat
There are two kinds of fat in your body: white fat and brown fat. White fat is the bad guy and brown fat is the good guy. White fat is the body fat we all know and struggle to get rid of. When we consume more calories than our body needs to function and we don’t burn those calories for energy, they are stored as white fat, which tends to accumulate at your waist, lower back, neck, and thighs. Brown fat is the good guy you might have never even heard of, and its function is to generate heat to keep your body warm. Here’s the good news: when brown fat is activated due to extreme cold, it burns calories to keep you warm, which could provide a helpful assist in your weight loss plan.


5.Relieves Depression
Cold showers have been shown to relieve depression symptoms due to the intense impact of cold receptors in the skin, which send an overwhelming amount of electrical impulses from the peripheral nerve endings to the brain. Thus, it produces an ant depressive effect, and boosts moods, making it a pick-me-up experience. A 2008 study found that cold hydrotherapy has an analgesic effect, and does not appear to have noticeable side effects or cause dependence. This treatment included one to two cold showers of 38 degrees Fahrenheit, two to three minutes long, followed by a five-minute gradual adaptation to make the procedure less shocking.


5.Refines Hair and Skin
When it comes to hair and skin, a cold shower is one of the ways to maintain a healthy appearance. Hot water has the tendency to dry out our skin, so it’s best to use cold water to tighten your cuticles and pores, which will prevent them from getting clogged. Cold water can “seal” the pores in the skin and scalp too, preventing dirt from getting in.

Full Circle at Hostos Community College


Learning a new language can take years to master. For Dominican native, Madeline Santana, a recipient of the Auxiliary Police Officer Eugene Marshalik Scholarship, grasping English became a pathway to her career through Hostos Community College.

After leaving the Dominican Republic at age 10 in 1998, Santana struggled to become fluent in English even though she would speak on stage in junior high.

I focused a lot on my studies and I represented my eighth-grade class. My graduation was at Hostos Community College.”

After graduating from Stevenson High School in the Bronx with a baby Santana knew that she had to find a school that would accommodate her needs. Before she went to Hostos she attended a college that was more focused on getting her into as many classes as possible and simply graduating, but at Hostos University she found something different.

“The school was very flexible towards my needs. I cannot complain about that school at all. It’s a very good school. They focus on the student’s needs.”

Learn more about opportunities at Hostos continuing education programs

When she started heading to Hostos Community College, Santana was simply taking remedial reading, writing and speaking courses in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses without anything else in mind. However, she soon came to love the school and found her passion.

After that, I went to take my career courses…I basically love the fact that I’m helping patients improve their health…in advising them how to take their medication I feel good. I love helping others.

Not only did she attend school as a young mother, but she volunteered as an auxiliary police officer for three years.

“I would patrol the city of New York and cover events like parades…and events that they have for the community.”

In 2015, Santana earned a Pharmacy Technician’s Certificate and then received a part-time position at the Bronx Lebanon Special Care Center. Next, she will be joining Kingsbrooke Jewish Medical Center full-time, but she is not done yet.

I would like to go to pharmacy school…I want my daughter to know to never give up…and know I did my best to give her a better future.”

To doing a speech in her eighth-grade class to becoming a graduate of Hostos Community College, Madeline Santana has truly come full circle.


“Vida SI, Diabetes NO!” A Better Health & Wellness Movement

Our communities have and are being severely affected by diabetes. We all either know someone close with it, have a loved one that suffers from this life altering and dangerous disease.

The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) was launched by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in part to fill in knowledge gaps regarding the prevalence and development of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, among the diverse members of these populations. It found considerable diversity among Hispanic/Latino groups when it comes to the prevalence of diabetes, as well as a low rate of diabetes awareness, diabetes control and health insurance.

The study found that the prevalence of total diabetes (both diagnosed and undiagnosed) among all Hispanic/Latino groups was roughly 16.9 percent for both men and women, compared to 10.2 percent for non-Hispanic whites.

However, when looking at Hispanic/Latino groups individually, it found that prevalence varied from a high of 18.3 percent for those of Mexican descent to a low of 10.2 percent for people of South American descent. The study showed 18.1 percent of people of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent; 17.7 percent of Central American descent; and 13.4 percent of Cuban descent living in the United States had type 2 diabetes.

Hopefully YOU don’t have it or are prone to have it, BUT, the good news is that there are many things you can do to keep from getting it, alleviate it or even down right eliminate it. It all starts with empowering yourself through education, proceeded by on-going action to proper diet, exercise and support. It will take some discipline and effort, but You CAN do it. Help is on the way.

In recognition of National Diabetes Awareness Month, Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of Northwell Health, along with a coalition of other leading health care providers, government officials, public- and private-sector companies, community-based organizations and the news media, are collectively pledging to help build a sustainable path to health and wellness for the Latino community affected by diabetes. At a press conference and kick-off event held today at the Gerald J. Friedman Diabetes Institute in New York City, the launch of “¡Vida SI, Diabetes NO!” (Life YES! Diabetes NO!), a new bilingual, long-term health initiative, was announced.



“¡Vida SI, Diabetes NO!” (Life YES! Diabetes NO!) is an outcomes-focused approach that will take a comprehensive and systematic look at diabetes among Latinos with the goal of uncovering the root causes, leading to more effective and efficient delivery of prevention, education, testing and treatment.

→Listen to Audio interview with Josephine Guzman, Senior Director Physician Relations Management, Northwell Health below.

Hispanics are almost twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites to be diagnosed with diabetes by a physician, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health and national examination surveys. They have higher rates of end-stage renal disease caused by diabetes and are 40 percent more likely to die from diabetes than non-Hispanic whites.


→Listen to Audio interview with Doctor Maria Pena, Endocrinologist & Assistant Professor of Medicine, Hofstra,  Northwell School of Medicine below.


“To date, many well-meaning initiatives have been launched that have attempted to deliver education and awareness to the community and increased opportunities for testing. However, none seem to have gone far enough or have been sustainable enough to make a real impact,” said Dennis Connors,   Regional Executive Director for Northwell Health and Executive Director for Lenox Hill Hospital. “We are proud to lead this initiative as this coalition has the resources, the power and the influence to make a true and meaningful impact on the health and wellness of the Latino community affected by diabetes.”

Additional friends of the campaign who have committed to providing support include American Heart Association, Comunilife, CS55, Fantástico, Latinarrific and Regional Aid for Interim Needs, Inc. (R.A.I.N.).

“The coalition’s work begins with a comprehensive and systematic look at diabetes among Latinos, community by community, block by block, person by person and gene by gene,” said Dr. Jill Kalman, Medical Director, Lenox Hill Hospital. “Our goal is to uncover the root cause and build a comprehensive action plan to reverse the trajectory in a way that has never been done before.”

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“Diabetes and its related diseases, such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and obesity, are tearing at the fabric of this community as well as being a key driver of America’s rising health care burden,” added Dr. Leonid Poretsky, Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Director of the newly opened Friedman Diabetes Institute, where the press conference was held. “Diabetes should not prevent anyone from achieving their life goals.”

 You can follow the campaign and get updates on “¡Vida SI, Diabetes NO!” (Life YES, Diabetes NO!) on social media including Facebook on and on Instagram under user name @vsidno.


About Lenox Hill Hospital

Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of Northwell Health, is a 652-bed, fully accredited, acute care hospital located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with a national reputation for outstanding patient care and innovative medical and surgical treatments. US News & World Report has ranked the hospital among the nation’s top 50 in Cardiology and Heart Surgery and among the top 10 hospitals in the state of New York with a total of 11 “high performing” designations for its clinical performance in Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology.


About “¡Vida SI, Diabetes NO!” (Life YES, Diabetes NO!)

Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of Northwell Health, in coalition with an unprecedented group of leading healthcare providers, public and private sector companies, community-based organizations and the media are pooling their individual strengths and coming together build a sustainable path to health and wellness for the Latino community affected by diabetes.  The result is the launch of “¡Vida SI, Diabetes NO!” (Life YES, Diabetes NO!), a testing and education initiative designed to reduce the prevalence of diabetes in Latino communities.Partners include American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Azteca America,  Comunilife, CS 55, Fantástico, Goya Foods, Hispanic Federation, Humana, Latinarrific, Lenox Hill Hospital, Maimonides Medical Center, Mario Bosquez – Author The Chalupa Rules, Office of the Bronx Borough President, Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, Office of the Manhattan Borough President, Regional Aid for Interim Needs, Inc. (R.A.I.N.), Telemundo47, The Katz Institute for Women’s Health, Univision, Union Community Health Center, and Wyckoff Heights Medical Center.

Click link for a complete & simple breakdown on diabetes, along with some solutions to empower yourself or a loved one


How Trump Can Change Women’s Health Care

At 8:54 a.m., President-elect Donald Trump selected Georgia Congressman Tom Price, a former orthopedic surgeon, as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The president-elect’s choices for his cabinet leave one thing very clear, his picks for top federal positions are going to be people that could make decisions that would irrevocably change the course of American history.

Price is a vocal opponent of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act and is anti-choice when it comes to abortions. If the Senate goes along with him as the secretary for this department, there would be a dramatic shift in health care that could impact millions of Americans, possibly for the worse.

This will be especially true for women across the United States.

As an adamant proponent for anti-choice/pro-life initiatives, Price will have the power to make it nigh impossible for women to have an abortion.

Women that do not want to have children or that cannot afford to have children will no longer have a choice over what happens to their body during a pregnancy.

If a woman is faced with a medical emergency and wants to choose her life instead of that of her fetus, it would be hard to have an abortion.

If a mother’s fetus is in pain from a fatal disease, and this woman prefers to choose an abortion versus prolonging suffering, she will possibly be stripped of that option altogether with Price as secretary of health.

Price’s plans for women’s health care also means less access to contraception. The six-time representative has done everything in his power to get rid of the employer-sponsored preventive health care part of the ACA, which will make it harder for women to prevent unwanted pregnancies in the first place.

Price, who was never a fan of the Affordable Care Act may gut the entire bill before Trump can create a new health initiative, one that might leave the newly insured under the ACA, 20 million Americans and counting, worse off.

Not only that but as health secretary, Price will determine the future of food, drugs, Medicaid and Medicare. If he falls in line with most Republicans, Medicaid and Medicare will be completely upended too. At least 100 million Americans, specifically the elderly and the impoverished will become vulnerable when it comes to health insurance.

Women live longer than men in old age by up to almost seven years and are paid less than them, and will struggle the most during health emergencies under Price.


It’s Time To Talk About Breast Cancer


Originally published in LatinTRENDS Magazine

By Daisy Cabrera

October marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it’s time to talk about this deadly disease. Breast cancer is the most common cancer, and the leading cause of cancer death among Latinas. Latinas tend to be diagnosed with more advanced breast cancers. Although breast cancer is not preventable, there are steps you can take to lower your risk. We spoke with Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley, Chief Medical Officer of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and board certified obstetrician-gynecologist. As a leading healthcare provider to women across the country, the nonprofit organization provides up-to-date, expert information and supportive, confidential care.


Why is breast cancer prevalent in the Latina population?

Latinas in the U.S. face more barriers to accessing health care, are less likely to get preventive screenings, are more likely to be diagnosed at later stages, and are more likely to experience worse health outcomes when it comes to breast cancer. A recent national Planned Parenthood survey showed that when asked what prevented Latinas from getting checked for breast cancer, the following barriers played a role: 40% said the cost of the test, 26% said time to go to the doctor, 22% said the distance to the doctor’s office, 25% said fear of the test, and 32% said fear of the test results.


Is breast cancer linked to other gynecological cancers?

Certain types of breast cancer are linked with other types of cancer. The most well studied types are related to the BRCA gene, which is associated with a hereditary type of breast cancer, and can lead to an increased risk of ovarian cancer. There are other hereditary types of breast cancer that are linked with other diseases such as brain cancer, leukemia and colon cancer.


How important are breast self-examinations and mammograms?

Finding breast cancer at its earliest stages is important to improve survival and the chances of living a long, healthy life. Be aware of how your breasts normally look and feel. Simply looking at, touching, and feeling your breasts from time to time will help you notice any changes. Talk to your health care provider if you have any concerns about changes in the look, shape, or texture of your breasts, or nipple discharge, or if there is breast cancer or other types of cancer in your family history. You and your health care provider can decide together whether getting a mammogram is right for you. Clinical breast exams are recommended every one to three years for most women in their 20s and 30s. Mammograms are recommended yearly for women starting at age 40 and may be suggested sooner if a woman has a history of breast cancer or has abnormalities discovered during a clinical exam.


What are some common misconceptions about mammograms?

There are many misconceptions about mammograms: that they are very painful, or they take a long time, or are only necessary for older women. In terms of discomfort, you will feel some pressure. Pressing your breast in this way helps spread out the breast tissue and prevents movement. It also helps get a sharper image of the breast tissue. The compression for each breast only lasts a few seconds — the overall procedure takes about 15 minutes. Most women feel uncomfortable when their breasts are being pressed. Some women find it painful. But the discomfort only lasts a few seconds each time. Some women may also feel sore after a mammogram.


What happens if the mammogram finds an abnormality?

Not all abnormal results are breast cancer. Your health provider will tell you what other tests you might need, including another mammogram or another test. There are several other diagnostic tools to confirm mammogram results including: biopsy, core-needle biopsy, and ultrasound.


If you can’t afford a mammogram, what local resources are available?

Planned Parenthood provides affordable breast cancer screenings regardless of whether or not you have health insurance. Our health centers provide clinical breast exams and refer patients to other facilities for mammograms based on breast exams, age, and/or family history. If an abnormality is found during a clinical breast exam, our health centers will help patients get the follow-up care they need from specialists. Understanding the importance of breast health, and early detection is key to battling breast cancer. The disease doesn’t discriminate, and Latina celebrity survivors include Daniela Romo, Ana María Polo, Adamari López, Angélica María, Alejandra Guzmán, and Bárbara Mori. Talk to your medical provider about breast cancer, share your family history of cancer, and visit for more information.

*Editor’s note: former LatinTRENDS digital editor Shelley Mendoza is also a breast cancer survivor.

The 10 Rules of CLEANSING

Originally published in the May 2016 issue of LatinTRENDS magazine

By health and wellness expert Danna Pratta


Now that we’re on the verge of summer, it’s prime time to think about getting into shape. Whether you’re hitting the gym more or switching up your diet, a cleanse might be a good starting point for your summer body! Going on a cleanse can be a little tricky if you’re a first-timer so, to help you thrive when going on a pre-summer cleanse, we’ve put together 10 rules to avoid quitting 12 hours in.



  1. Don’t set yourself up for failure

If you are a first-timer, don’t go for a juice cleanse or the lemonade diet that restricts food. Choose a cleanse that allows you to continue eating a healthy raw diet. The idea of a cleanse is to rid the body of toxins, not to restrict food.


  1. Mentally prepare yourself

Starting a cleanse is just as mental as it is physical. If your mind isn’t in the right place, your body will likely follow. A few days before you’re set to start your cleanse, think about the positive results and prepare yourself to eat a healthy diet.


  1. Prepare yourself for side effects

While detoxing, you may notice some side effects like headaches or nausea during the first few days. This is totally normal, as your body is ridding itself of toxins. Take some extra time to rest if you feel these symptoms coming, and remember not to give up.


  1. Clean out your pantry

Before you start cleansing, eliminate any temptations from the kitchen. It’s hard enough to stay on track, but seeing tempting and not-so-healthy snacks in the pantry is going to make it much harder. Stock up on healthy snacks like fruits and veggies that are easy to grab.


  1. Drink lots of water

On average, you should drink about 8 glasses of water per day but, during the cleanse, up your intake to about 2 liters per day. This will help your body clear out those toxins and will also keep you feeling hydrated and less lethargic.


  1. Reserve energy

During your cleanse, you will want to try your best to reserve your energy, especially during the first few days. Try to limit those long work days and save the marathon running until the cleanse is finished. Also,make sure to get enough sleep, this is the time for your body to heal and rebuild.


  1. But be active

While on your cleanse it’s important not to over-do it. Try to stick to yoga or light cardio. You want to stay active while on the cleanse to keep your system moving, but not wear yourself out.


  1. Keep busy

Stay busy while on your cleanse. Often-times, snacking is a reaction to boredom, not hunger. Eliminate excess down time, go for a walk or an easy bike ride, or spend time in the yard. This way, the bored stomach pangs won’t lead you to the kitchen.


  1. Keep stress levels low

Often, stress is what leads us to binge eating and relentless snacking, so make sure to start your cleanse when you know your stress levels will be low. A weekend is always a good time to allow for relaxation.


  1. Don’t run back to greasy foods

You just spent a week or more cleaning out your system and, as tempting as a slice of that deep-dish pizza may sound, jumping back into eating greasy foods will just throw your system out of whack. Hopefully, after all your hard work, processed foods won’t even sound good.




1/2 gallon water 6 grapefruit wedges 1 tangerine, slice d 1/2 cucumber, slice d 2 peppermint or mint leaves Ice



Rinse grapefruit, tangerine, cucumber and mint leaves. Peel and slice cucumber, grapefruit, and tangerine.Combine all ingredients in a half gallon pitcher. Allow the ingredients to sit for 2 hours for maximum benefits. Drink throughout the day.