For the past couple of years, YDI has partnered with the National Alliance for Hispanic Health to put on an annual event called “Viva Tu Vida! Get Up, Get Moving!” which gathers community members to get together, eat healthy foods, get health screenings, and see what physical activities are available to them in their city. This year, the event was put on in Los Lunas.
Los Lunas, New Mexico will continue celebrating ¡Vive Tu Vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® events in 2015 and 2016 with seed money granted to Youth Development, Inc. (YDI) by the National Alliance for Hispanic Health. The free annual event is the Alliance’s healthy lifestyles initiative and it celebrates Hispanic family health.
The 2016 event will be a great celebration, observing 10 years of ¡Vive Tu Vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® events in Los Lunas through the Alliance’s partnership with YDI.
This year, the village joined the national effort to get 25,000 people up and moving in 11 communities through these events.
YDI’s Valencia Division hosted this year’s event in collaboration with the Valencia County Juvenile Justice Board and the Village of Los Lunas. This year, about 950 people were in attendance.
“We share the vision of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health for strong healthy communities,” said YDI Interim President and CEO Debra Baca. “We are honored that the Alliance recognizes YDI’s work to foster the health, well-being and prosperity of Hispanics across New Mexico.”
National sponsors of ¡Vive Tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® are Newman’s Own Foundation and the Healthy Americas Foundation.
“We are proud to support the National Alliance for Hispanic Health in providing community-based health and nutrition outreach,” said Robert Forrester, president of Newman’s Own Foundation. “One of the Foundation’s priorities is the support of nonprofits whose focus is on nutrition, and ¡Vive Tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® works to address a broad range of needs on the local level.”
Reflecting the initiative’s priority on movement, the October 25 Los Lunas ¡Vive Tu Vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® event featured Zumba dancing, a Zombie walk/run, boxing classes, hip hop, ballet and belly dancing, in addition to a blood drive, mammograms, cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure screenings, healthy snacks, a car seat clinic and nutrition and health education.
Besides Los Lunas, the communities these events serve are Brownsville, Dallas and Houston, Texas, Bronx and Queens, New York, Chicago, Illinois, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, Los Angeles and San Diego, California and Phoenix, Arizona.
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