Muevete (Move) USA trains Hispanic student nurses to target obesity

WHAT: Student training sessions for Muevete (Move) USA, a program to extend Hispanic nurses’ outreach to Hispanic consumers in five U.S. cities — Chicago, Phoenix, San Antonio, Edinburg, Texas, and Brownsville, Texas

WHY: The goal is to teach and work at the community, grassroots level with Hispanic youth and their families to develop skills and enhance their ability to make healthy choices that contribute to a reduction in child and adolescent obesity.

WHEN: Student and faculty interviews are available between 8:30 a.m. and noon Sunday, March 6.

WHERE: Holiday Inn El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel, 110 Lexington Ave., San Antonio, Texas 78205

WHO: 34 student nurses from the target cities, including 11 from the UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Nursing, mentored by five faculty and two staff members of the School of Nursing

Faculty interviewees: Norma Martinez Rogers, Ph.D., RN, professor of family and community health systems in the UT Health Science Center School of Nursing, is the Muevete (Move) USA project director. Adelita G. Cantu, Ph.D., RN, assistant professor of family and community health systems, will direct the community service-learning portion of the program.

HOW: The Muevete (Move) USA program is made possible by a $150,000 grant from the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) Fund and a $150,000 grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation.

NOTES: Nine million children in the U.S. are overweight or obese and at increased risk for chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes. Muevete (Move) USA will target Hispanic children in grades one to six, Hispanic adolescents ages 13-17, and Hispanic adults. Target areas will be ZIP codes of lower-income families. NAHN member nurses will become trainers in their communities, utilizing new knowledge about obesity and culture obtained through this program along with their professional nursing skills.

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