By promoting preventive services and prioritizing healthy living, ending the gap in health care services and health outcomes for all Americans could move closer to being a reality, the Office of Minority Health said during National Minority Health Month.

This week focuses on Latina women in the workforce, a group that the American Heart Association says faces alarming rates of obesity and diabetes, which are risk factors for heart disease and stroke.

Latinas are more likely to develop heart disease — the leading killer of women — 10 years earlier than white women, according to the association. And more than 8 percent of Hispanics 18 and older have heart disease. In one study of a predominantly Hispanic population, most normal-weight women and children correctly estimated their body weight, but most obese women and children underestimated theirs.

Making small, simple changes can go a long way toward improving heart health, according to the American Heart Association.  Here are some simple tips for working women:

  • Use a stability ball instead of an office chair
  • Take the stairs when possible
  • Pack your own lunch
  • Eat every three to four hours
  • Drink water and use a water bottle
  • Take breaks from the computer
  • Find direct sunlight
  • Work out in short bursts.

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