Monday, September 10, 2012

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Latino AIDS Commission Seeks Social Media Info in Arkansas
The Latino AIDS Commission of New York City and local community based organization, The Living Affected Corporation ( will be finalizing details on its collaboration with the organization as it seeks additional individuals for the focus groups being held around the state. Applications are available at the LA Corp offices, 401 North Maple Street, North Little Rock. The commission wanted to engage the local group with additional capacity building utilizing focus groups surveying the use of social media among Black MSM statewide. Slated for September 25-26, the focus groups will be used as a further community discovery process as a conduit to disseminating future HIV/ AIDS risk reduction messages and themes. "I found this to be a unique opportunity to have access to these experts for this project with hopes of expanding our scope and extending our services to the latino community," said CEO Diedra Levi. Continuing, "collaborating from different cultural visions and approaches is vital to making connections throughout the state. Unfortunately we've not made as many inroads within the latino community as should be done. Yet work such as this could be the beginning of creating a frame to engage other people of color communities." The group will also work in concert with Willie Rhodes, ADH LGBTQ Outreach Coordinator whom has acted as the local point person for the project and been instrumental in securing logistics and details. Space is limited. Contact or call 379.8203 to be considered for the project.

 Community Unity Pride Picnic

October 13, 2011
12 Noon - Until
Murray Park Pavillions 7 & 8

This event celebrates National Coming Out Day and is open to and encourages ALL of our LGBTQ/Same gender loving and ally community sisters, brothers and gender queer folks to come out and eat, play and be together! Let’s cross over those lines that divide us and create the real unity it takes to be a stronger community together.

This is a true “family” event! So get your friends, your family, your “Houses”, your GSA, your besties, the kids (there will be a game section for children) and come out for a great day of fun. Hang out with your old friends and make some new friends! Leave your drama at home!

It’s going to be a cookout with FREE food, the Equality Games with Prizes! AND! A little entertainment and NO speeches!

We are asking all of our friends to help provide support for the food costs. Also, if your organization or groups wants to table to promote your activities or sell items please let us know ASAP! We will also need volunteers to help with the games, food, setup and cleanup. Let’s do this! Be a Sponsor!
Call 501-244-9690 for more info or email

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
September marks the start of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, a time for us to encourage America’s children to develop healthy habits that can last a lifetime.
All kids deserve to experience the positive health benefits of daily physical activity and healthy eating, and have those opportunities available to them.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has developed programs and resources to help children and parents, and they’re available in agencies including the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health’s We Can!! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition)® program.
In addition, through public-private partnerships, safe places to play and nutritious food options are being made available in neighborhoods and schools across America. Exciting new programs include the Partnership for a Healthier America and Olympic Team USA’s commitment to provide 1.7 million kids the opportunity to participate in free and low cost physical activity programs offered by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USOC National Governing Bodies for sport, and others over the next year. And, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released a new farm to school grant programdesigned to educate children about food sources, and increase the availability of locally sourced foods in schools.
Over the past 30 years, the childhood obesity rate in America has almost tripled. According to the CDC, in 2010, approximately 17 percent of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years were already obese. Children and teenagers who are obese are more likely to become obese adults. Overweight and obese youth are at greater risk of developing serious adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, certain types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.

That is why HHS, with the President’s Council, supports First Lady Michelle Obama’s goal to end childhood obesity within a generation through her Let’s Move! initiative. Everyone has a role to play – parents and caregivers, school teachers and administrators, community leaders, local elected officials, after school programmers, and health care providers.

According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, children and adolescents aged 6–17 years should spend 60 minutes or more being physical active each day. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, released by HHS and USDA, provide nutritional guidance for Americans to promote good health, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, and reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity. The guidelines recommend balancing calories with physical activity, and encourage Americans to consume more healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, and seafood, and to consume less sodium, saturated and trans fats, added sugars, and refined grains.

Let’s work together to make the healthy choice, the easy choice! In coming weeks and months, HHS and the President’s Council will announce exciting initiatives that will go a long way towards ensuring that our nation’s children grow up to be healthy, fit and strong.

To learn more about National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month or for tips on how to help your kids lead healthy lifestyle visit
To learn more about NIH’s We Can, visit:
To learn more about CDC’s resources, visit:
To learn more about Let’s Move! visit:
To learn more about the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 visit
To learn more about the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans visit

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