April is Minority Health Awareness Month
Bridging the Gap through Knowledge and Awareness
Every person should have the opportunity to reach his or her full health potential. Unfortunately more barriers to good health exist for minorities than for other groups. Some of these barriers include …
• Employment status
• Lack of insurance
• Living in a rural area
• Access to transportation
• Distrust of the medical community
• Lack of access to healthy food
• Poor and unsafe housing
Nutrition, exercise and prevention are three core principles for achieving good health. But many customs and cultures for minority groups promote celebrating life with hearty, unhealthy meals and only visiting a physician once they feel ill. By then it may be too late to prevent a major illness.
Top 5 Minority Health Concerns
1. Heart disease
5. Unintentional injuries
Healthy Food Substitutions
Many foods are very similar in taste, but have different nutrition results. Substituting foods helps to expand food varieties and provide healthy results that can lead to a longer, healthier life.
Although many conditions affect minority communities more heavily than other groups, that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything you can do about it. Read on to learn how you can reduce your chances of getting one of these conditions.
We need to teach our youth—the next generation—the importance of taking health matters seriously. By visiting the doctor for yearly check-ups and staying at a healthy weight through proper diet and exercise, they—and we—can reduce the chance of getting of type 2 diabetes, hypertension, mental health disorders and many cancers that develop at a high rate in minority communities.
• Eating healthy
• Routine doctor visits
• Routine screenings