Muevete (Move) USA trains Hispanic nurses and students to target obesity
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 trains members from the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) and students to target Hispanic children in grades one to six, Hispanic adolescents ages 13-17, and Hispanic adults in lower-income ZIP codes in Chicago, Phoenix, San Antonio, Edinburg and Brownsville. The goal is to develop these individuals’ skills and enhance their ability to make healthy choices that contribute to a reduction in child and adolescent obesity. Sponsored by a $150,000 grant from the NAHN Fund and a $150,000 grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation, Norma Martinez Rogers, Ph.D., RN, professor of family and community health systems in the UT Health Science Center’s School of Nursing, is the project director, and Adelita G. Cantu, Ph.D., RN, assistant professor of family and community health systems in the School of Nursing, is the director of the community service-learning portion of the program.