In an effort to raise awareness on the importance of healthy eating habits to prevent the negative consequences caused by being overweight, Latinitas will be hosting a showcase on Friday.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Latina girls make up the second most overweight group of children. If the problem is not addressed, girls are at risk of being diagnosed with health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure and arthritis among others that used to be almost solely found in adults. The showcase titled Latina Icons Fashion Show and Student Showcase Spotlights “Vida y Salud” (Healthy Living), will highlight positive role models who have made a difference on our culture through athletics, culinary arts or medicine.
Latinita girls will be presenting a Latina role model they have researched. The girls will not only mimic their icon’s fashion style on the runway, but they will also present their multi-media projects. Icons to be featured are Mexican chef Zarela Martinez, Women’s National Basketball Association all-star Rebecca Lobo, collegiate soccer champ Esmeralda Negron, tennis star Gigi Fernandez and National Hispanic Health Foundation Chief Executive Office Dr. Elena Rios. Aside from the presentations, the showcase will also have a cooking show as well as a zumba demonstration.
The showcase is one of many of Latinitas’ effort to inspire Latina girls through media and technology. The non-profit organization, created in 2002, hosts summer camps, internships and school programs to help girls build confidence in themselves and become successful in the future. In addition to being involved in the community, Latinitas is also the first bilingual online magazine that is for and written by Latinas and provides a positive representation of Latinas.
The showcase will be held at the Emma Barrientos Mexican American Culture Center located on 600 River St. on Friday, May 20, from 7-9 p.m. For more information e-mail [email protected] or call (512) 447-4440 x 137.
Learn more about Latinitas has to offer by watching the promo video below: