|The fight to combat obesity and overweight in Texas will be showcase on national television|
El Paso, TX, February 08, 2012 (PAHO/WHO) – Obesity and overweight are becoming an alarming situation on the U.S.-Mexico border and in order to combat these issues the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) U.S.-Mexico Border Office through its Healthy Kids Healthy Communities (HKHC) initiative has been working with local partners to address these issues on the region.
Access to healthier environments and nutritious food are some of the main goals for the HKHC initiative and in order to reach these goals, one of PAHO/WHO’s partners, La Mujer Obrera created Mercado Mayapán, a community market place.
“We deserve access to healthy foods because our grandparents, parents, children, and grandchildren are being assaulted by an epidemic of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity that is unprecedented and in large part due to the types of foods that are available and affordable for us,” said, Rubí Orozco, Public Health Specialist from La Mujer Obrera.
Mercado Mayapán and La Mujer Obrera will be featured on a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) news documentary, Feeding Minds: Texas takes on hunger and obesity. This documentary examines how hunger and obesity coexist, the challenge Texas communities face regarding these issues, and solutions to combat them.
“Through their active surveillance of the food system and commitment to providing culturally appropriate nutrition education, access to affordable staples at the Mercado Mayapán and Farmer’s Market initiatives, they have been an invaluable community partner within the Chamizal Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Project partnership. La Mujer Obrera’s work has also inspired our Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities partners in New Mexico and east Texas to explore model concepts they learned while visiting Mercado Mayapán in 2010,” mentioned Xochitl Gamboa, Project Manager of the HKHC initiative at PAHO/WHO.
A free viewing of the documentary and a panel discussion will take place on:
DOCUMENTARY SCREENING AND PANEL DISCUSSION
February 9th, 2012
El Paso Community College Administrative Services Auditorium
9050 Viscount, Bldg. A
ABOUT LA MUJER OBRERA AND MERCADO MAYAPÁN
La Mujer Obrera is a non-profit organization that has been dedicated to upholding basic human rights on the border since 1981. As an organization they work for a comprehensive education for all ages and community members; safe, secure, and affordable housing; and full health and nutrition care just to mention some. Mercado Mayapán is a 40,000 square feet warehouse located in South-Central El Paso and it offers fresh produce, dry goods, and sundry household items popular with the Mexican community on both sides of the border.
“Mercado Mayapán is a community run marketplace with freshly prepared foods, the Mayapán Farmers Market, and a nutrition education program based on culture, is a space where the community can have access to healthy, affordable foods. It is a space where we can relearn the inherently healthy practices of our traditions, not just through information but through practice,” concluded Orozco.
ABOUT THE HEALTHY KIDS HEALTHY COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE
Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities, is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), advances community-based solutions that will help reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. It focuses on changing policies and environments to support active living and healthy eating among children and families. The program places special emphasis on reaching children who are at highest risk for obesity on the basis of income, race/ethnicity and geographic location. It will support RWJF’s efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States by 2015.
The Feeding Minds: Texas takes on hunger and obesity documentary will air across Texas on February 23rd at 8:00p.m. and on February 26th at 4:00 p.m. local time.
For more information please contact:
Lorely Ambriz, M.S.I.S, Knowledge Management & Communication Advisor
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) / A Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) United States-Mexico Border Office
5400 Suncrest Dr. Ste. C-4 El Paso, TX 79912
Office (915) 845-5950 Ext. 42523 / Cel (915) 449-3040 / Fax (915) 845-4361