Fiesta Time!

14 Aug

Our Salsa, Sabor y Salud program had its end-of-the-summer Fiesta, where the participating families came together for a potluck meal and celebration of all that they learned during the past 8 weeks.

Esther Garcia, the mother of two girls (a 9 year-old and a 6 month-old), said: “The program was interesting and special. We learned a lot about eating healthfully, and how to be active. Now that the program’s over I’ll remember to dance with all of our family to traditional songs as one way to get exercise.”

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Salsa participant Esther Garcia and her daughters

In total 15 families enjoyed the program, with 17 adults and 27 children served.  Each week we focused on a different nutrition and physical activity focus, and often had a guest speaker from a local agency offering bilingual services. For example, Natalie Teague, an immigration lawyer and bilingual yoga teacher, came to talk about the benefits and practice of yoga and lead us in a 30 minute session.  For many of the mothers in Salsa, Sabor y Salud, this was their first experience on a yoga mat and they reported enjoying the physical and mental benefits right away.

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Norma Brown with Children First/ Communities In Schools (left), with Beth Maczka, Executive Director of the YWCA

Salsa is a program developed by the National Latino Children’s Institute(NCIL) and facilitated by two certified leaders on-site at the YWCA of Asheville.  The program centers around culturally-relevant activities and discussions that highlight ways that families can make small steps each week towards their wellness goals.

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Susan Kettren, Director of Health & Wellness with the YWCA, plays with a Salsa participant

The YWCA offers Salsa completely in Spanish, provides all families with a complete gym and pool membership during the 8 week sessions, and follows up with families with any relevant wellness opportunities.

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Katie Souris, Preventive Health Coordinator, hands out certificates to Salsa participants

Here are some more photos of families enjoying the Salsa Fiesta!

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