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U.S.-Mexico border residents battling obesity

Genesis Monserrate Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 U.S.-Mexico border residents battling obesity Mexico and the U.S. share an appetite for fast food that has both countries coping with obesity especially on the border. “You notice the children who are struggling with their weight and the parents are fat so it keeps repeating itself generation after generation,” said Jose Manuel Grijalva, a physical education teacher in Nogales, Mexico. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } Mexico has caught up to the U.S. which regularly top the list of countries with high rates of obesity and large numbers of overweight adults and children. Nearly 70 percent of Mexicans are overweight; about a third are obese, according to the World Health Organization. The proliferation of U.S. fast food chains in Mexico and that country’s own craving for junk food is reflected in the soaring childhood obesity rates. “In the schools they sell them Sabritas potato chips,” said Samuel Guevara, a Nogales business owner. “They sell them Tostitos. They sell them all of that and a lot of soda.” The Mexican government has for years through a public awareness campaign that promoted a balanced and healthy diet but with limited results. “There’s a lot of explanation about the issue on...

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Hundreds of Arizona’s poorest families will be dropped from a cash assistance program in July

Sydney Glenn Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 Hundreds of Arizona’s poorest families will be dropped from a cash assistance program in July Arizona will become the first and only state to impose a one-year lifetime limit for impoverished households receiving federal benefits from the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program – a move that will cut payments to about 1,600 families in July. “I think what we have in Arizona is an aggressive and intentional effort to undermine support for vulnerable families,” said Cynthia Zwick, executive director for the Arizona Community Action Association. “Well, I’m worried that many of those families will end up on the streets, they will become homeless. They will not have the resources they need for their children, that their children will be placed in unsafe circumstances.” The program, known as TANF, is supposed to help to parents as they look for jobs and provide a temporary financial safety net when they cannot work. A spokesperson for the Arizona Department of of Economic Security, which also oversees foster care and child safety services, declined to be interviewed, but in an email said the state expects to save $325,000 per month and $3.9 million per year. Cronkite News also made three requests for comment from Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, but did not receive a response. The average family right now receives $195 each month. Part of the...

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Youngsters learn about Hispanic heritage in Mariachi workshops

Bailey Netsch Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 Youngsters learn about Hispanic heritage in Mariachi workshops Children and teens who crowded into the library at Central High School picked up more than just musical notes at Mariachi workshops held recently in the Valley. “That’s what I come for the most, to see them not only learn, but to appreciate what we appreciate too,” said John Albert Vargas, professional Mariachi musician. Vargas was a trumpet instructor at the workshops, along with four other members of his Los Angeles Mariachi group, Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar . The workshops are open to people of all ages but most of the participants were Hispanic children. During the three day workshop the children were grouped by musical instrument and instructor. Last year around 35 children participated. This year, the number quadrupled to just over 120 youngsters. “My favorite part so far is when everyone gets together and everyone plays music, it’s a great experience,” Aaron Rivera,14, said. Rivera has playedviolin for four years and attended the camp along with his three siblings. His brothers Calvin, 10 plays the trumpet, and Juan, 6, plays vihuela, a type of guitar. Their sister Galilea, 8, plays the harp. The children’s father, Juan Rivera, has played Mariachi since he was a child. “It’s good for them, you know that way they are busy doing something, a good thing like...

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Cronkite News: Oct. 12, 2015

Staff Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 Cronkite News: Oct. 12, 2015 This edition of Cronkite News focuses on health, education and other top stories from the past two months..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;...

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Cardinals’ Stanton, former Tempe High School teacher share breast cancer stories

James Ulrich Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 Cardinals’ Stanton, former Tempe High School teacher share breast cancer stories Tempe High School hosted its ninth-annual “Pink-Out” Game on Oct. 2. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton, as well as breast cancer survivors and students, came out to support the cause and share their personal connections to breast cancer. (Video by James Ulrich/Cronkite News).embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;...

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