Eric Moreno

Eric Moreno

I am a professional writer.

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'The Mountain' from Game of Thrones once nearly signed with an NFL team

When the final battle to decide who ultimately sits on the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms is decided, it’s a good bet that the man known as “The Mountain That Rides” will be swinging his mighty blade in service to House Lannister.

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School Lunch Shaming: A ‘Hidden’ Type of Bullying for Latino Kids

The classic bully takes a kid’s lunch money.

But a new type of bully—”school lunch shaming,” when a student has no money for lunch to begin with—is on the upswing in schools across the country, CNN reports.

This type of “hidden” or “unintentional” bullying greatly affects Latino kids.

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Pura Vida – Showing Minnesota Latinos What Health Really Means

Many Latinos in Minnesota get “left out,” of the healthcare picture. That’s why HealthFinders Collaborative aims to provider healthcare and services to marginalized families in Rice county, nearly 50 miles south of Minneapolis and St. Paul. But HealthFinders leaders like Charlie Mandile continued to identify gaps in local healthcare.

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Engaging Latino Families in Sustainable Mental, Physical, and Preventive Healthcare in Arizona

For 30 years, a group of small clinics have provided primary healthcare to residents in Maricopa County, Ariz. (30% Latino population). A few years ago, the leadership of those clinics—Dr. Avein Saaty Tafoya and Lisa Blue—recognized that local residents continued to face cultural, language, financial, and other barriers to proper comprehensive healthcare.

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Fitbit Champs: What More Steps Means for Diabetes, Obesity

How many steps do you get each day?

Does your step number relate to you risk of diabetes, obesity, and heart disease?

In the only six states where people take 8,500+ steps a day, people also have lower heart disease and diabetes risk than the U.S. average, according to Fitbit data.

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Minnesota Professor Educates on Language and Life

Severe headaches changed the life of María Emilce López and gave her a renewed purpose. While a graduate student at the University of Minnesota in the 1990s, the Argentine native’s headaches led her to be rushed into surgery to treat what turned out to be a brain aneurysm. This was her first brush with the American medical system, and after her ordeal, she decided it was time to help others who might be in a similar position.

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Food Pantry Thinks Outside the Box to Bring Healthy Food to Latinos ...

Providing a week’s worth of healthy food and toiletries to families in need is the goal of Jessie Fisher and her nonprofit food pantry, the Randolph Area Christian Assistance Program (RACAP), in Schertz, Texas (29.3% Latino).

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Study: French Fries Could Up Your Death Risk

Potatoes are a staple food for nearly every culture around the world.

They can be boiled, baked, smashed, stewed, and—perhaps most popularly—fried.

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Every Little Step Counts for Latino Child Physical and Mental Health

In Arizona, 1 in 10 people have diabetes. Yolanda Konopken of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul knows this first hand. Her program to help families manage diabetes has been at full capacity for years in Phoenix (41.3% Latino).

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At-Risk Residents Get a Cooking Class You Can Take Home for Dinner

Noemi Villarreal sees Latinos in San Antonio struggle with disease, and wants to help. That’s why she has helped launch family support connectors, and also developed farmers markets in the Eastside, a heavily Latino section of the city. The farmers markets did not work.

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New Video Shows Latino Parents How to Deal with Bullying

As if Latino immigrant parents didn’t face enough worry—hostile political climate, wage gaps, lack of access to health care—a new “stressor” is on the rise.

Bullying of immigrant children is, sadly, common these days.

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How Much Red Meat Do You Eat?

From burgers to carne asada, Latinos eat more beef or red meat than any other racial/ethnic group, according to the USDA.

That isn’t a good thing for health, research shows.

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The “Real” Cost of Bullying

Bullying can stress a Latino child’s emotions and mental health, and can contribute to high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

That’s bad enough.

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Darin Erstad on displaying toughness on the field: 'I played football that way and I played baseball that way."

For over a decade, current Nebraska Cornhuskers Head Baseball Coach Darin Erstad was considered one of the most consistent players in Major League Baseball. While playing for the California/Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels, Chicago White Sox, and Houston Astros, Erstad was a two-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove winner, won the Silver Slugger award, and was a World Series Champion.

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The best all-time dual football and basketball players

The NBA Finals tip off this week as NFL OTAs are in full swing. The two sports, basketball and football, have always had a parallel and often symbiotic relationship. There is a long tradition of athletes playing and excelling in both sports.