This has been one of those weeks where every day was Monday; we had a lot of work, preparing for the closing of the editorial year, but also because we told so many inspiring stories — so many, in fact, that we had a hard time choosing for this Best of the Week!
We don’t know if it’s because the holidays are coming up, or because we want to start 2022 off on the right foot, but our stories this week focused mostly on health, on the importance of listening to our bodies, and starting to engage in a healthier relationship with food.
Although Latinos make up a diverse group with their own history and traditions, all groups within are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes (17%) than non-Hispanic whites (8%). Blame it on Latin American genetics, Latino foods that can be high in fat and calories, and the social pressure to overeat at family gatherings to not appear impolite. Latinos also tend to be less physically active than non-Latino whites in general.
The Harvard Crimson, the oldest newspaper in the United States, has elected its first Latina president, Raquel Coronell Uribe. From Miami, Coronell Uribe will oversee a historic publication nearly 150 years old and whose alumni include Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and journalist Linda Greenhouse.
While all of the fellows are incredibly impressive in their own way, two of the immensely gifted Latina MacArthur fellows are being recognized for their work to explore the histories and complexities of borderland communities. These 2021 MacArthur fellows are using their voices, perspectives, personal histories, and talent to investigate the Latinx experience in America.
Through her social media presence, Dr. Jimenez is working to increase Latinx representation in the health and wellness arena and drive a conversation about health that dismantles diet culture and helps people heal their relationship with food.
Ultramarathoner, fitness expert, and author Robin Arzón learned to listen to her heart, trading in her successful career in law for an adventure in motion.
Frida Kahlo’s famous self-portrait, “Diego y yo,” set a record price for a work by a Latin American artist at auction on Tuesday. The painting sold in New York for $35.8 million.
It’s impossible to please everyone, so this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse is inviting us to take a look at pleasing our highest good by owning our worth, showing up differently in the world, and leaving people-pleasing behind.