By Leah Berger-Singer
This summer flew by quickly as our participants in Salsa, Sabor y Salud (our Latino Health Outreach Program) enjoyed learning simple steps to living a healthier, happier lifestyle. Throughout the program, we had volunteers and guest speakers come to the YWCA to talk to our participants about various ways to make changes in their lives. On July 22nd, Dr. Lopez-Stratton, a medical practitioner from Mission Haywood Family Medicine, came to speak with us about bees, pollination and various ways we can eat and use honey. Dr. Lopez-Stratton brought in a live bee hive, along with some local honey, and provided tips and recipes on how to use honey for medicinal purposes. Our participants were able to enjoy a healthy snack of greek yogurt and fresh peaches with a drizzle of honey on top. ¡Que rico! (In English, this means “how delicious”).
The Salsa model includes the whole family in learning – running concurrent sessions for both children and adults. “[In Salsa], we learned how to eat more and more [healthy] every week and to try new things and to get outside more. Now we go to the park and when we are finished playing, we go on walks around the park”, stated Priscilla, age 12. Mariana, age 10, noticed the changes that her mother has made at the grocery store and in the kitchen. “My mom is not buying bread or sweets [anymore]. She also makes some vegetable juices that are good”. Salsa aims to help parents demonstrate healthy habits resulting in children learning healthy routines while maintaining family traditions, customs and meal recipes.
For more information about our Salsa, Sabor y Salud program, contact Leah Berger-Singer, Preventative Health Coordinator, by email at email@example.com or by calling 828-254-7206 x. 212. For more information about the Preventive Health program, visit www.ywcaofasheville.org/preventativehealth
Thank you to Mission Health for your support of the Salsa, Sabor y Salud program.