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Latina Nursing Students Scholarship Opportunity

American Heart Association offers scholarships to Latinas

Go Red Por Tu Corazón and Macy’s Join Forces to Drive Diversity in Medicine

During Hispanic Heritage Month, the American Heart Association’s Go Red Por Tu Corazón movement and its national sponsor, Macy’s, are launching the Go Red™ Multicultural Scholarship Fund nationally. The scholarship directly addresses important gaps in treatment that can lead to heart health disparities among Hispanic women.

The scholarship program places medical and nursing school within the reach of deserving racial and ethnic female candidates and increases cultural competence in the healthcare workforce. This year, the Go Red™ Multicultural Scholarship Fund will award 16 scholarships of $2,500 each ($40,000 total) to qualifying applicants.

Heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of Hispanic women. Additionally, Latinas are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than non-Hispanic white women, confront barriers to diagnosis and care, receive lower quality treatment and experience worse health outcomes than their Caucasian counterparts.

“Ethnically diverse women are needed in the healthcare field. They can have a very positive impact on the delivery of health care services to diverse populations because they understand their communities and they know how to provide care that is meaningful, appropriate and sensitive to their needs.” said Eva Gómez R.N., Go Red Por Tu Corazón spokesperson and Staff Development Specialist in the Department of Nursing at Children’s Hospital Boston.

Last year, only 6.7 percent of African-Americans and 7.5 percent of Hispanics made up the total number of medical school graduates, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

“Being a Latina in the healthcare field, and a heart disease survivor, has enabled me to make recommendations for changes that addressed the needs of the Spanish-speaking community in a variety of ways. I became the voice for my patients in places where their voice would have never been heard,” said Gómez, current Vice President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses.

Eva Gomez, 39 was recently chosen as the new face for Go Red Por Tu Corazón for her heart story and contributions to the Hispanic community.  Click here for her heart story.

“Macy’s is proud to have helped launch the Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund to encourage students nationwide to explore career opportunities that make a direct impact in their communities by joining the fight against heart disease in Latinas.” said Bill Hawthorne, Macy’s Senior Vice President of Diversity Strategies.

Furthermore, data from the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) suggests that the United States faces an overall shortage of physicians, and the most pressing need is for minority doctors. By 2050, racial and ethnic minorities are expected to make up half the U.S. population. Today one in four Americans is Hispanic, black or Native American, but only one in 16 are practicing doctors, AAMC says.

The Go Red™ Multicultural Scholarship is made possible by the Macy’s Multicultural Fund. Macy’s is a national sponsor of Go Red For Women and Go Red Por Tu Corazón and has helped raise more than $24 million for the cause since 2004. For more information and to request an application, visit GoRedCorazon.org/GoRedScholarship  Deadline for entry is November 30, 2011.

Scholarship applicant requirements:

  • Female of Hispanic, African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander or American Indian/Alaskan Native heritage
  • A U.S. citizen/permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Attending an accredited college or university in the U.S.
  • Currently in your freshman or sophomore year
  • Pursuing a career in healthcare (nursing, biology, etc.)
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
*I was not compensated to share the above press release. As a college student myself, I thought it would be a good opportunity for a qualifying nursing student.


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An Afternoon On The Set of Family Game Night

A few weeks ago I was invited to the studio of the Hub Network in Hollywood for a sneak preview of their game show, Family Game Night. My youngest joined me on this day and we were given a tour of the set just before watching a taping of  one their shows. As we walked on the set we were amused with all of the life sized family board game pieces that they use. If you haven’t watched this game show, families compete against each other for cash and prizes through a series of games based on Hasbro board games such as Connect Four, Bop It, and Yahtzee. The families that were competing on this day looked like they were having so much fun, that we wanted to go up and try it out for ourselves.

Just before we went on the set to watch the taping, we had an opportunity to listen to Todd Newton, Host and Burton Richardson, Voice Announcer speak about their personal experience working with the Family Game Night game show. Burton voice swept us moms away! Someone asked if he gets request for recording people’s personal voice mail message for their cell phones. 😀 Can you imagine? LOL! It wasn’t the first time he’s been asked that, so he cleverly left the room before anyone had a chance to give him extra work.

Todd charmed us with his stories about the families that come to compete on the show, the joy of having a family win big, his favorite game- Bop It, and working on the wonder like set that is the Family Game Night. Since I have older kids I had to ask if they would ever produce shows with tweens and teens. They do have games that any aged person can enjoy, such as Boggle.

 

 

The producers told us about the families, games on the show, and the type of prizes that families win. I was surprised to learn that so many families travel many miles to audition and compete on their own dime. I suppose it’s their vacation time- they travel, spend time together, and put their hopes in a fun and entertaining game show. Whether they are chosen to compete and/or go all the way to a big win, these families return home with a unique experience.

Overall, we had a great time at the studio! Todd was generous with us in taking additional time to speak with us when he didn’t have to. Thank You!

Below is the press release for your information of other shows that you find this fall season on the Hub Network television network. I hope you’ll get a chance to watch the Family Game Night!

 

READY, SET, PLAY! THE HUB TV NETWORK KICKS OFF NEW FALL SCHEDULE

WITH SECOND SEASON PREMIERE OF ‘FAMILY GAME NIGHT’

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

Celebrate Labor Day with Marathon of Favorite Episodes 

‘Family Game Night’ New Season Launch Includes Sweepstakes

With Chance for Viewers To Win Same Grand Prize as TV Contestants

LOS ANGELESThe Hub, a television network for kids and their families, will kick off its fall rollout of new and returning original series with the second-season premiere of the network’s popular one hour family game show “Family Game Night” featuring two new back-to-back, one hour episodes Friday, September 2 (7 p.m. & 8 p.m. ET).  The returning, top-rated, family-favorite series will be supported by marketing initiatives that include a sweepstakes during which viewers watching live can win prizes including the same Grand Prizes as the families competing on the series.

Hosted by Daytime Emmy® nominee Todd Newton, the Hasbro Studios-produced series returns with all new challenges based on classic games such as “Simon” and “Trouble” added to gameplay, as well as brand new original challenges, in a larger-than-life environment that is bigger, better, and more exciting than ever.  Within each episode, two families compete head-to-head playing outrageous versions of the most beloved and iconic board games, challenging both contestants and viewers with strategy, creativity and pure luck for the chance to win cash, prizes and awesome family vacations.

Just three days after the premiere, The Hub will celebrate Labor Day and the second season launch with a special marathon of nine back-to-back, favorite episodes of “Family Game Night,” Monday, September 5 (10 a.m. -7 p.m. ET).

To usher in the new season of “Family Game Night,” on September 2, The Hub is hosting a sweepstakes during that day’s episodes (7 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET) and during the September 9 episode (7 p.m. ET.) During the sweepstakes, viewers will have an opportunity to call in to win the same Grand Prize as the TV contestants on those episodes. Supplemental prizes include five $1,000 awards. Beginning August 27, kids and their parents can visit www.hubworld.com for more details.

In addition, through September 4, The Hub’s “Family Game Night” is being promoted in 6,100 Wendy’s® restaurants throughout the U.S. with special “Family Game Night”-inspired toy premiums.  The special promotion was developed in partnership with Hasbro’s promotional licensing team.

THE HUB is a multi-platform joint venture between Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) and Hasbro, Inc., (NASDAQ: HAS) with a goal of entertaining, enlightening, empowering and educating children and their families.  The cable and satellite television network features original programming as well as content from Discovery’s library of award-winning children’s educational programming; from Hasbro’s rich portfolio of entertainment and educational properties built during the past 90 years; and from leading third-party producers worldwide.  The Hub lineup includes animated and live-action series, as well as specials, game shows, and family-favorite movies.  The network extends its content through a robust and engaging online presence at www.hubworld.com.  The Hub rebranded from Discovery Kids on October 10, 2010, and reaches approximately 61 million U.S. households.  The Hub logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC.  All rights reserved.

Visit The Hub at www.hubworld.com for more videos, games and fun!


*The above review on this post is unbiased. I have not received monetary compensation to write this review. I was given two backstage passes to tour the set and watch a taping of the Family Game Night television show.


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George Lopez presents Rio DVD and Blu-Ray Release

For those of you who loved the movie Rio, the wait for the DVD/Blu-Ray release is almost over. On Tuesday, August 02 stores across the nation will be stocked with the colorful and heartwarming movie. Blu, (Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network) is a domesticated Spix Macaw living many miles away from his homeland, Brazil. When his human owner Linda (Leslie Mann, 17 Again) discovers that he is the last male of his kind, they head south to Rio de Janeiro to meet the only other female. However, it was far from love at first sight between the socially-awkward, flight-challenged Blu and the fiercely independent, high-flying female, Jewel (Anne Hathaway, The Princess Diaries). Adventure strikes when two rare birds are captured by greedy animal smugglers and find themselves lost in the Brazilian rainforest. The birds along with Blu unexpentantly find themselves together which leads to the adventure of friendship, love, courage and spreading one’s wings to fly.

Just minutes before the presentation, we were visited by a Brazilian dancer. It was quite impressive to watch her dance from so high up without fumbling or worse falling. The special sneak peak of the release was presented by Fox and George Lopez. He spoke warmly about the movie and his work as one of the characters on the animated flick. It’s amazing how much time and talent it took to make the movie.

Some of the bonus features include:

  • Saving the Species: One Voice at a Time
  • The Real Rio
  • Deleted Scene – Fruit Stand
  • Angry Birds Rio – Trailer
  • Angry Birds Rio – Instructional Video

We can’t wait to see the dvd!


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Workouts Powered by Honey

Finding time to workout is something I struggle with on daily basis despite the fact that I’m a stay at home mom. For the most part I manage to drag myself to the gym 1 to 2 days a week. Occasionally, I will also run around my neighborhood for about 30 mins. That’s not too bad if you’re trying to maintain your weight however, my goal is to lose my chubby curves.

Last week I went to an event at the Kyoto Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles to learn how I can incorporate fitness into my busy schedule from fitness and wellness expert Bárbara Trujillo Gómez. We first powered up with a Pomegranate Apple with Honey Shot (recipe below) from Miel Pura. “Honey is a natural source of carbs and essential nutrients,” says Trujillo Gómez. “Try adding a couple spoonfuls to your water for a naturally energizing drink and enjoy throughout the day or before, during and after a workout.”

Pomegranate Apple with Honey Shot

    Ingredients:

1 teaspoon honey

2 ounces pomegranate juice

Splash of apple juice

    Preparation:

        • Blend or mix all ingredients by hand
        • Pour into a shot glass or small cup for a quick energy boost
I’ll be posting more recipes later next week!
Afterwards, we broke a sweat learning some easy exercise moves that can easily be done in your home. According to Trujillo Gómez, some of the routines could be done while watching tv, standing in the kitchen, or even in intervals when working on a computer. For cardio boost, she recommended jumping rope for 10 minutes which can equate a 30 minute run. If you enjoy running, try walking in intervals of 2 to 5 minutes to heat your core and burn more calories. Below are a few great exercise tips to help you tone and trim before dipping into a swimsuit.

Upper Body and Core

Figure Eight – A great exercise for the arms, core and back

  • Stand with legs shoulder-width apart and hold medicine ball with both hands, arms extended over your right shoulder.
  • In one continuous motion bring the ball down at an angle toward your left leg in a curve-like motion, bringing the ball up straight over your left shoulder and down toward your right leg and back up to the right.
  • One movement, one flow, as if you were making the figure eight.
  • Bend your knees slightly as you are bringing the ball toward that leg.
  • Keeping body fully engaged, belly tight.
  • Perform 3 sets of 12 reps.

Medicine Ball Oblique – Great for the core and obliques

  • Lie on your back and bend your knees at a 90 degree angle so that your calves are parallel to the floor.
  • Place the medicine ball between your bent knees and hold tightly.
  • Holding the ball between your knees and keeping them at a 90 degree angle, bring both legs to the right and get as close to the floor as you can without letting them touch, then back to center and hold.
  • Repeat over to the left and return to the center. Be sure to keep your back as flat on the ground as possible so that you are using your core to move and hold your legs on each side.
  • Perform 3 sets of 12 reps.

Ball Toss Fantastic for the arms, core and back

  • Stand firm, feet hip-width apart.
  • Hold the medicine ball with both hands.
  • Bring ball up in front of your chest and slightly toss up and catch.
  • Toss up and down, keeping feet firmly on the ground only using the core muscles and arm movement.
  • Repeat tossing upward and catching.
  • Perform 3 sets of 12 reps.

* In the event that you do this exercise with a partner, toss the ball back and forth as opposed to up and down.

  

Lower Body

Squats – Squats are a great exercise for those who want to tone their lower body: hips, glutes and thighs.

  • Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart.
  • Bend your knees so that you are in an upright sitting position and hold for a few seconds.
  • Bring yourself back up in standing position and repeat.
  • After 15 reps stay in squat position and hold for 10 seconds.
  • Keep your arms along your sides, keeping your abs tight and body fully engaged.
  • Add 15 jump squats for added challenge.

Curtsy Lunge – This twist on the classic lunge is excellent for your legs and glutes.

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart and hands on hips.
  • Take a big step back with your left leg, crossing it behind the right.
  • Keep your belly/core tight, shoulders back and body fully engaged.
  • Bend the right knee and lower the hips until the right thigh is almost parallel to the floor.
  • Repeat motion with the opposite leg.

Plank Full body action and toning.

  • Lie face down on a mat resting on the forearms, palms flat on the floor.
  • Push off the floor, raising up onto toes and resting on the elbows.
  • Keep your back flat, in a straight line from head to heels.
  • Tilt your pelvis and contract your abs to prevent your rear end from sticking up in the air or sagging in the middle.
  • Hold for 20 to 60 seconds, lower and repeat for 3-5 reps.
  • For an extra challenge, do 20 push ups (modified is ok) followed by a 30-second plank.
Kickbacks – Excellent exercise for the glutes.
  • Kneel on the floor and get on all fours with your knees hip-width apart and back parallel to the floor.
  • Place hands slightly wider than the shoulders.
  • Keep head steady as you lift the left leg until thigh is in line with torso.
  • Bend knee and slowly push flexed foot up toward the ceiling.
  • Squeezing butt, hold for one second and continue the slow movement for 12 reps.
  • Bring leg down, back on all fours, and repeat on opposite leg.

Back to the Basics – We all know what they are, but we just forget how great they are for the body. These can be implemented when you travel or even during your lunch break.

  • Jumping Jacks
  • Jump Rope
  • Hula Hooping
  • Walk/Run Intervals
  • Power Walks
  • Heel Walking~ great for your legs & your balance
  • Push ups

For a total body workout, don’t forget the arms! Grab your 2 lbs jars of honey and work those biceps and triceps!

*All photos are courtesy of Miel Pura.

*Thank you Miel Pura for my yoga mat and healthy recipes.

*Thank you Bárbara Trujillo Gómez for showing us how to trim and tone!

*The above review on this post is unbiased. I have not received monetary compensation to write this review, although I may have received a party favor that may or may not have been part of this review.


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Love the Muppets?

When I was a young girl, many of our evenings were spent with the Muppets. We used to love watching the numerous misadventures that the lovable wacky felt characters would find themselves in week after week. My mother would laugh hysterically every time the grumpy old men from the balcony would poke fun at Fozzie Bear’s jokes. Gonzo’s chickens would have my sister and me giggling whenever they fluttered onto the stage. It was a lot of fun to watch them! They produced a few movies later and are an all time favorite of ours. Theses movies are something that my boys have had the good fortune to enjoy thanks dvd’s. Now the Muppets are hitting the big screen later this year with another adventure I’m sure all will love to watch.

Bellow is the synopsis, trailer, and some additional information about their latest movie.

Synopsis:

On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate. With secret, signature, celebrity cameos, “The Muppets” hits the big screen Nov. 23, 2011.


Genre:  Family Comedy

Rating:  TBD

U.S. Release Date:  November 23, 2011

Cast:  Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Animal, Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper and Walter

Director:  James Bobin

Producers:  David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman

Executive Producers:  Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller, Martin G. Baker

Writers:  Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller

*Photos and trailer are courtesy of DreamWorks.

*The above post is primarily a press release.  Any additional thoughts expressed are 100% my own and are andunbiased. I have not received monetary compensation to write this review.

 


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Sneak Preview of the Help

When I first learned that the book “The Help” was going to be made into a movie I couldn’t wait to finish reading it. It’s one of those stories that inspire discussion about women’s struggles and their relationship to each other. I believe this is going to be one of those movies that can easily be appreciated in both forms. Let me know if you read the book and are planing to watch the movie in the summer.

Look for its release on August 12! Below is the synopsis of the movie followed by a featurette and additional information.

Synopsis:

Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon,  “The Help” stars Emma Stone (“Easy A”) as Skeeter, Academy Award®–nominated Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny—three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s,  who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed—even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times.

Deeply moving, filled with poignancy, humor and hope, “The Help” is a timeless and universal story about the ability to create change.


Genre:  Drama

Rating:  PG-13

U.S. Release date:  August 12, 2011

Running Time:  137 mins.

Cast:  Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Sissy Spacek, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Cicely Tyson, Mike Vogel

Director:  Tate Taylor

Producers:  Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan

Executive Producers:  Mark Radcliffe, Tate Taylor, L. Dean Jones Jr., Nate Berkus, Jennifer Blum, John Norris, Jeff Skoll and Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei

Screenplay by:  Tate Taylor

Based on the novel by:  Kathryn Stockett

*Photos and movie trailer/featurette are courtesy of DreamWorks Pictures.

*The above post is primarily a press release.  Any additional thoughts expressed are my own and 100% unbiased. I have not received monetary compensation to write this review.


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Movie Release: Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides

My boys love to watch the swashbuckler high adventure action from the Pirates of the Caribbean movie series. On our must see list is the latest of the series, On Stranger Tides. We can’t wait to see what troubles Jack Sparrow finds himself this time.

Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, “Pirates of the Caribbean : On Stranger Tides” captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise—this time in Disney Digital 3D™. Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed adventure. Crossing paths with the enigmatic Angelica (Penélope Cruz), he’s not sure if it’s love—or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the “Queen Anne’s Revenge,” the ship of the legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know whom to fear more: Blackbeard or Angelica, with whom he shares a mysterious past. The international cast includes franchise vets Geoffrey Rush as the vengeful Captain Hector Barbossa and Kevin R. McNally as Captain Jack’s longtime comrade Joshamee Gibbs, plus Sam Claflin as a stalwart missionary and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey as a mysterious mermaid.

Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) finds himself on an unexpected journey to the fabled Fountain of Youth when a woman from his past (Penélope Cruz) forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane).



*Photos and trailer are courtesy of Disney.

*The above post is primarily a press release.  Any additional thoughts expressed are my own and 100% unbiased. I have not received monetary compensation to write this review.