The Latino Leadership Alliance of Bucks County Joins National Federal Program to Help Parents, Caregivers & Kids Say We Can! Be Healthier 

by Theresa conejo Sunday, April 03, 2011
For Immediate Release
April 1, 20011

Theresa Conejo
Latino Alliance
229 Mill St
Bristol PA 19007
(215) 788-4452 tconejo@llabc.org

BRISTOL PA 19007 04/01/11 – The Latino Leadership Alliance of Bucks County has joined We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition), a science-based, National Institutes of Health (NIH) movement that teaches parents, caregivers, kids and communities ways to eat healthier, increase physical activity and limit screen time to help children ages eight through 13 maintain a healthy weight.

“In We Can! we’ve found an easy-to-use, science-based program that not only provides us with valuable resources—it also lets us tap into the expertise of more than a thousand other communities that are already committed to using the program to help overcome weight gain in their communities,” said president, Theresa Conejo.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (2003-2006), a record one in six children and youth between the ages of two and 19 are overweight. In addition, obesity has more than doubled in this age group since 1980.

“Our community needs tools and tips on how to put our kids—and ourselves—back on the road to healthy weight,” said Conejo. “That’s why I am so excited that our agency has become part of the We Can! movement. It will benefit all of us.”

“We Can! is designed to empower parents and communities such as the Latino Alliance to adopt healthier lifestyles by offering programs and materials based on the latest obesity prevention research,” said Karen Donato, S.M., coordinator of overweight and obesity research applications for the NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and We Can! project coordinator.

We Can! is spearheaded by NHLBI and three other NIH institutes—the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Cancer Institute. More than 1,000 sites in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and 11 other countries, have committed to using We Can!, with new sites continuing to sign up regularly.

For more details on We Can!, visit or call toll-free at 866-35-WE CAN.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH)—the Nation's Medical Research Agency—includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research, and it investigates the causes, treatments and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more on the NIH, visit http://www.nih.gov.and for more information on the Latino Leadership Alliance visit http://www.llabc.org

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We Can!  and the We Can! logo are trademarks of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS).

President of Latino Leadership Alliance of Bucks County

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