CT Health category title

Go Red For Women

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined, according to the American Heart Association (AHA).
In the United States, one-third of Hispanic women suffer from heart disease and stroke.
The good news is that heart disease and stroke are about 80 percent preventable.
The AHA’s ‘Go Red for Women’ movement aims to increase women’s heart health awareness and to inspire change that will improve the lives of women.

Two main things to keep in mind is that physical activity and healthy eating reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke:

  • In the U.S., only one in five women gets the
...

For the rest of story

Threat Of Deportation: A Trigger For Toxic Stress In Children Left Behind

c-hit logo
Photo credit: medical newstoday.com

Photo credit: medical newstoday.com

On a snowy Saturday morning in January, Selvin, 13, and his mother were in the basement of the First and Summerfield United Methodist Church in New Haven, to support a friend in sanctuary. As they sat there, the boy tried to push away thoughts of how it would be when ICE came to take away his own mother, who is also under a deportation order.”I’m going to be alone with my little brother and my dad,” Selvin said. “Sometimes I feel I don’t want to talk to anybody. I just go to my room, lock the door, and I feel depressed.”

Selvin -whose family asked that

...

For the rest of story

U.S. Latina Teens Attempt Suicide In Greater Numbers Than Any Other Adolescent Group

depresion

photo: peru21.pe

Erika Sánchez began to have suicidal thoughts when she was 13. Sánchez, the daughter of Mexican immigrants in Chicago, had always been melancholy, but during puberty she became hopeless. Unbeknownst to friends and family, she cried constantly. Before long, she began to cut herself.

When Sánchez was hospitalized at age 15, her parents finally realized it wasn’t just “normal” sadness that plagued their daughter — it was mental illness.

“Finally, they began to really see me,” says Sanchez, now 32 and a writer in Chicago. “And that’s when we began to have more honest conversations.”

For Latina adolescents coming of age, this is not uncommon. In fact, Latina ...

For the rest of story

11 Talcott Notch Road, Farmington, 06032