By Latina Staff | 05/07/2010 - 12:30
As told to Damarys Ocaña
Sometimes I think that women don’t appreciate their bodies, themselves and their own power enough. I know, because as a transgender woman, my female body has been 15 years in the making. I’ve worked extremely hard to build what you have been born with.
By Ylonda Gault Caviness | 04/21/2010 - 14:39
When is the last time you asked for help?
If you're like most Latinas, you probably can’t even remember. And believe it or not, that one little word, "help," can unlock the secret to your mental health.
By Ylonda Gault Caviness | 04/07/2010 - 18:49
Whether or not you inherited Mami's hair color or her dark, deep-set eyes, the Latina way of taking on more than we can bear and putting everyone else's well-being before our own was passed down almost like a genetic code. But holding it down—sucking it up and enduring every curveball life throws at us, whatever the costs—has its downfalls and may cause other areas of our lives to suffer.
By Dr. Aliza Lifshitz | 04/01/2010 - 12:00
Sexual health is not merely the absence of disease or illness. It's a state of physical, emotional and mental well-being in relation to your sexuality. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, and, most importantly, it means being knowledgeable about your body and knowing where to turn for more information.
Here are a few important things Latinas can do to maintain good sexual health.
By Nicole Toro | 03/31/2010 - 20:00
Drum roll please…
So, I spoke to my surgeon who will perform the Sleeve Gastrectomy. Boy, what a meeting! My doctor is AMAZING! He is a down to earth, truth tellin. And he definitely gave me a serious talk on the do’s and don’ts I have to follow before, during, and after surgery. Just so you get an overall understanding of the surgery, I will briefly explain things that he explained to me.
By Mariela Rosario | 03/23/2010 - 09:30
On Sunday, the United States House of Representatives passed a historic piece of legislation; a healthcare reform bill that promises to extend coverage to millions who have been denied for reasons ranging from poverty to preexisting conditions. It was a resounding victory for President Barack Obama, but how will this new law affect you? We looked into the bill to find out what changes will kick in immediately and what we're going to have wait a few years for. Here's a breakdown:
By Dorkys Ramos | 03/16/2010 - 19:00
We’ve all heard the term “No pain, no gain,” but when is that pain actually a sign that you’re doing an exercise totally wrong? “Good post-workout soreness usually happens in your muscles 24-48 hours after a workout while bad soreness is pain or swelling in your joints,” says Stacy Berman, a personal trainer and founder of Stacy’s Boot Camp.
By Dolores | 03/11/2010 - 13:06
I’m currently making a lot of lifestyle changes: eating healthy, exercising, quitting smoking, attending college and developing a music career. I’m troubled, though, because many of the friends I’ve had for years are still drinking, smoking, eating junk food and lacking ambition. Worst of all, although I don’t relate to them anymore, I feel myself falling back into my old habits when I’m around them. I feel like I have outgrown our friendship, but I feel bad just cutting ties with them. Am I being big-headed?
By Nicole Toro | 03/09/2010 - 19:10
When I arrived to my Bariatric appointment last week with my best friend (THANK YOU!) I was so nervous. I was more nervous to get on that scale than to actually discuss the surgery. My blood pressure was taken, which was fine except for the obvious issue of my weight and BMI (body mass index). But when we got down to business discussing which surgery I wanted to do and the reasons why I had wanted to go through the Sleeve Gastrectomy, it made me pause.
By Nicole Toro | 02/15/2010 - 12:00
I went to the seminar for my pending surgery, and am getting ready for my pre-op appointment on Feb. 25, at which point I’ll learn exactly when my surgery will take place. In this forum, I learned about all different types of bariatric surgeries. And most importantly, I learned how important it is for me to make this change in my life.