Ana Muñoz shakes the plastic bottle holding cubes amounting to 14 cucharaditas - teaspoonfuls - of sugar, and Myrna Morales says what nearly every mom says at this point in the obesity lesson: "Wow," needing no translation.
"We thought Gatorade was a good substitute for soda!" says the Spanish-speaking Morales through a translator. Just a few visual aids in Muñoz's presentation "raise a red flag" about how serious the sugar problem is, Morales says.
And so Muñoz can pack up her pictures, charts and contracts knowing she has gotten the message across to one more family. Muñoz is one of dozens of "promotoras" trained by Padres y Jovenes Unidos to spread anti-obesity education door to door in Denver's Latino neighborhoods.
The fight against a weight surplus and an exercise deficit in America goes on among all races, and increasingly among all income classes. But the community organizers at Padres y Jovenes Unidos draw on previous pushes for education and immigration rights to bring a personal message directly into Latino homes: Escape the trend. Get fit.
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