A report released this week by Nielsen titled Latina Powershift says that Latinas are an economic power and may define the next American generation.
The report says U.S. Hispanic women have recently and rapidly surfaced as prominent contributors to the educational, economic, and cultural wellbeing of not only their own ethnicity, but of American society and the consumer marketplace.
According to an aggregated study by the UT Health Science Center, people have a better chance of finding a fast food establishment than a supermarket in many Latin neighborhoods across the country.
Dr. Amelie Rivera is the director for health promotion research at the UT Health Science Center and said Latin and low income neighborhoods have about one third the number of supermarkets or grocery stores than others, but the more common bodegas, which are like a small market, are usually lacking in healthier options.
A lawmaker from the San Antonio area is pushing the Gov. Rick Perry to sign into a law a bill that prohibits public schools from selling sugary drinks.
Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, said he fought to get his own version of the bill approved for the past two sessions, hoping that a ban on sugary drinks at the state’s elementary and middle schools will help the Hispanic population turn the corner in the fight against obesity and diabetes.
What did pass was a companion bill, House Bill 217, which excluded high schools from the ban.
Magaly Chocano, a San Antonio business owner in the high-tech industry has been honored nationally by Cosmopolitan for Latinas.
Chocano is one of 12 women business owners in the U.S. honored by Cosmo for Latinas as a "Fun, Fearless Latina." Chocano is recognized for her creation of the first build-your-own-app platform for iOS, called Sweb Apps.
Fronteras: West Nile cases are up across the Southwest. A recent study shows more Latinos are moving to rural America. A young Mexican artist, now living in Texas, talks about his drawings that shine a light on the fact that children are growing up amid war and corruption along the border. Finally, Lydia Mendoza has been called the First Lady of Tejano and Conjunto Music and this week the U.S. Postal Service unveiled a forever stamp in her honor.
Each year the San Antonio chapter strives to bring more deserving students into the profession. Communications Officer Javier Flores said that last year the organization was able to award $25,000 for the first time in its history.