MARTHA A. CUENCA RIVERA

Milwaukee Health - - NUTRITION ALCOHOL -

Oc­cu­pa­tion: Home­maker; co­or­di­na­tor, Lati­nos por la Salud (Lati­nos for Health); part-time printer Age: 36

With a hus­band, three kids, a part-time job and vol­un­teer­ing, Martha Cuenca Rivera has lit­tle time for ex­er­cise. Yet it’s a pri­or­ity, es­pe­cially af­ter she had health prob­lems. “My doc­tor said I had to start eat­ing healthy,” says Cuenca Rivera, who lost 20 pounds. Now, she pre­pares tamales and en­chi­ladas with less fat and more veg­gies. In sum­mer, she leads the Burn­ham Park Walk­ing Club, part of Lati­nos por la Salud at the 16th Street Com­mu­nity Health Cen­ters. Weekly, the group walks 30 min­utes, then does Zumba, yoga, NIA or salsa for 30. Cuenca Rivera also walks, has Zumba classes and does aer­o­bics at home. “Lati­nos have higher-than-av­er­age rates of di­a­betes, high blood pres­sure and high choles­terol,” she says. “Keep­ing my fam­ily healthy is my mo­ti­va­tion.”

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