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Monday, May 2, 2016

Los pros y los contra de trabajar en la adolescencia

Por Jose Lamas, Asociado del Programa Comunitario

A medida que los hijos llegan a la edad de la adolescencia, muchos comienzan a pensar en trabajar y ganar su propio dinero. Para los adolescentes, las ventajas del trabajar son:
  • Crea un sentido de responsabilidad, buenos hábitos de trabajo y habilidades organizacionales.
  • Desarrolla las habilidades del pensamiento independiente y de la toma de decisiones.
  • Ahorra dinero para lograr las metas educativas a largo plazo.
  • Se obtienen referencias para futuros trabajos.
Por otro lado, hay dificultades dificultades de trabajar que su hijo debe evitar, incluyendo:

Los beneficios de participar en un huerto/jardín comunitario

Por Antonio Alba Meraz — Educador de Extensión

Existe en su comunidad un programa huertos/jardínes comunitarios? La Ciudad de Minneapolis define huerto/jardín comunitario al terreno que un grupo de personas usa para cultivar alimentos o plantas ornamentales para uso o consumo personal o para donar.

Según la Gardeners in Community Development (sólo en inglés), los participantes y la comunidad entera reciben muchos beneficios de los huertos comunitarios, inclusive:

Mantengase activo en primavera

Por Milena Nunez Garcia — Educadora de SNAP-Ed 

El comienzo de la primavera no sólo es el tiempo en el que se derrite la nieve, las flores florecen y los pájaros cantan. Después de un largo invierno dentro de la casa, la primavera es también el tiempo ideal para salir afuera y ponerse en movimiento.

 El mantenernos saludables por medio de la actividad física debería ser una parte fundamental de nuestro estilo de vida. Hay dos tipos de actividades físicas y cada una de ellas ofrece importantes beneficios para la salud.

Detenga la caída del verano

Por Silvia Alvarez de Davila — Educadora de Extensión

Los padres se quejan constantemente del verano porque es el tiempo más dificil para mantener a los hijos ocupados. Los maestros también se preocupan por la “caida del verano” que sufren los estudiantes. Esta es la tendencia de los hijos a olvidarse durante el verano de cómo leer y de otras habilidades que aprendieron en la escuela. A veces los hijos pierden el equivalente de habilidades aprendidas durante todo un grado en el verano haciendo que tengan que dedicar tiempo extra en el otoño para ponerse al día con los compañeros.

Llamamiento a la acción: Empecemos a hablar sobre salud mental

Por Silvia Alvarez de Davila — Educadora de Extensión
No hay salud si no se tiene salud mental. La salud mental comprende nuestro bienestar emocional, psicológico y social. Las condiciones mentales como la depresión, la ansiedad y la adicción son reales, comunes y tratables. Pero no todos pensamos lo suficiente en nuestra salud mental y los latinos no son diferentes en cuanto a la prevalencia de los estados de la salud mental.

Todos tenemos nuestros altibajos causados por diferentes situaciones en nuestras vidas. Pero los trastornos de la salud mental van más allá de estas reacciones emocionales. Los trastornos mentales son condiciones médicas que afectan la manera que sentimos y pensamos. Estos pueden también alterar nuestras vidas y hacer que sea difícil relacionarnos con los demás y funcionar de la manera en la que estábamos acostumbrados.

The Pros and Cons of Teen Jobs

By Jose Lamas, Community Program Associate

As children reach adolescence, many of them start thinking about working and earning their own money. For teenagers, the advantages of working include:
  • Building a sense of responsibility, good work habits, and organizational skills.
  • Developing independent thinking and decision making skills.
  • Saving money for long-term education goals. Gaining references for future jobs. 
On the other hand, there are pitfalls to working that your teenager should avoid including:
  • Working in an unsafe or stressful environment. Teens might not be sufficiently developed physically, intellectually, or emotionally to perform certain tasks. 
  • Working too many hours for their age. Studies have found that teenagers who work more than 20 hours a week are more likely to experience detrimental effects in their school, family, and personal lives.Ÿ
  • Letting the job become a distraction from school and the goal of graduation. This is mostly true for after-school jobs, rather than summer jobs. 
If your teenage child is talking about getting a job, the best thing to do is have a serious conversation with him or her about the advantages and disadvantages of working.

For more tips on talking with your teen about this topic see our I Need to Get a Job web page.

The Benefits of Being Involved in a Community Garden

By Antonio Alba Meraz — Extension Educator

Does your community offer a community garden program? A community garden is defined by the City of Minneapolis as land used by a group of people to grow food or ornamental plants for personal use or consumption, or for donation.

Keep Moving in Spring

By Milena Nunez Garcia — SNAP-Ed Educator

Spring is not just about melting snow, blooming flowers, and singing birds. After a long winter spent indoors, spring is also the ideal time to get outside and get moving.


Staying healthy through physical activity should be a fundamental part of our lifestyle. There are two types of physical activities, and each one offers important health benefits.

Aerobic activities strengthen and improve the performance of the heart, lungs and blood vessels. Moderate intensity aerobic physical activities include walking briskly, water aerobics, gardening, and others. Vigorous intensity aerobic physical activities include running, team sports, aerobic dancing, and others. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, recommend that adults do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic physical activities per week or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity aerobic physical activities per week — or an equivalent combination of the two.

Stop the Summer Slide

By Silvia Alvarez de Davila — Extension Educator

Parents consistently complain about summer because it is the most difficult time to keep their children busy. Teachers are also concerned about children suffering from the "summer slide." That's the tendency for kids to forget reading and other skills they learned in school during the summer. Sometimes children lose a whole grade-level's worth of skills in the summer, requiring them to put in extra time in the fall to catch up with their peers at school.

What can you, as parents, do to prevent the summer slide?

Call for Action: Get Talking About Mental Health

By Silvia Alvarez de Davila — Extension Educator

There is not health without mental health. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well being. Mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and addiction are real, common and treatable. But not all of us think about our mental health enough, and Latinos are not different when it comes to prevalence of mental health conditions.

We all experience emotional ups and downs caused by different events in our lives. However, mental health conditions go beyond these emotional reactions. Mental disorders are medical conditions that change the way we think and feel. They also can alter our lives and make it hard to relate to others and function the way we are used to.

Spend Less Time in the Kitchen and More Time Outdoors

Spring is here! If you're like me, you want to spend as much time outside as possible. Here are three steps to spending less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the outdoors.

Step One: Plan
Writing a menu for the week is a helpful way to streamline kitchen tasks. A menu allows you or another family member to shop ahead of time to ensure the foods needed are in the kitchen at mealtime. It also helps prevents the frustration of hearing "What's for dinner tonight?" and not having an answer.
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