The 2011 Feria de la Salud “Por Tu Familia”, a festive event celebrating Hispanic culture with fun for the whole family, but with a focus on healthy lifestyles and free health screenings. Cooking con Sabor with celebrity chef Alex Garcia, health educational materials, entertainment by Frankie Vasquez and Los Soneros del Barrio, and more. Grammy nominated recording artist Frankie Negrón joins the The American Diabetes Association of Greater New York as its official spokesperson to help inform Hispanics of all ages to choose a healthy lifestyle in the fight against diabetes. This year’s presenting sponsor is Aetna, Inc. and with gold sponsor Duane Reade.
This event will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Park (146thSt. @ St. Ann’s Ave.), South Bronx, New York. To get to this free event via MTA, take the #6 train to Brook Ave. or #2 or #5 train to 149th St. and 3rd Ave., Bx19 bus to 145th St. By car, take FDR North to Willis Ave. Bridge. Stay on Willis Ave. until 138th St. Turn right on to 138th St. and follow to St. Ann’s Ave. Turn left on to St. Ann’s Ave. The center is across the street from 145th St. on the right side.
Diabetes is a serious illness that disproportionately affects Latinos; one in eight Latinos has diabetes in comparison to one in twenty non-Latino whites. It is estimated that nearly half of all Latino children born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime. The American Diabetes Association will kick off Hispanic Heritage month by focusing on the fight against diabetes in a neighborhood most affected by diabetes – the South Bronx. Here are some of the statistics:
- In the South Bronx, 60% of the population is Latino.
- The prevalence rate for diabetes is highest in the Borough of the Bronx (12%), and 33% of those who live with diabetes are unaware of the disease.
- Of the 42 neighborhoods of New York City, the 2 that make up the South Bronx (Hunts Point/Mott Haven and Highbridge/Morrisania) rank 1 and 2 in diabetes prevalence, and in the top 5 for diabetes related hospitalizations, diabetes related amputations and deaths due to diabetes.
- South Bronx dwellers are 5 to 8 times more likely to die from diabetes compared to residents from New York City’s most wealthy neighborhoods.
- Women in the Southwest Bronx have rates of death from diabetes that are close to twenty times higher than women on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
- Women in the southwest Bronx are five times more likely to have preventable hospitalizations – hospitalizations that could have been avoided by adequate primary and preventive health care.