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Yes, we all know the thrill of getting that medal put around your neck after completing a tough race, or checking your sports watch to see you’ve just shaved off 3 minutes off your last run session, but for TriLatino endurance sports is also a way to combat various health and social issues that afflict out communities.

TriLatino aims to eliminate prejudicial stereotypes related to Latinos and other minorities with respect to their involvement in triathlon and endurance sports; eliminate the disproportionate incidence rates in Latino and other minority communities of certain preventable diseases understood to be related to inactivity and lack of fitness and conditioning; eliminate childhood obesity in general, and childhood obesity among Latinos in particular; and make more accessible to individuals of lower income a sport whose participation is disproportionately represented by individuals having an average income more than twice the national average.


According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services:

—Among Mexican American women, 77 percent are overweight or obese, as compared to only 64 percent of the non-Hispanic White women.
—In 2014, Hispanic Americans were 1.2 times as likely to be obese than Non-Hispanic Whites.
—From 2011-2014 Hispanic children were 1.8 times more likely to be overweight as Non- Hispanic White Children.
—From 2011-2014, Hispanic women were 30% more likely to be overweight, as compared to Non-Hispanic Whites.

Click below to access the website of U.S Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Heath to learn more about this issue.


According to the American Diabetes Association:

— The risk of diabetes is 66% higher among Hispanic/Latino Americans than among non-Hispanic white Americans.
— Hispanics are 1.7 times more likely to start treatment for ESRD related to diabetes than non-Hispanic whites. 
— Hispanics are 1.5 times more likely than non-Hispanic whites to die from diabetes.
— In 2006, African Americans with diabetes were 1.5 times more likely to be hospitalized and 2.3 times more likely to die from diabetes than non-Hispanic whites.9
— African Americans are almost 50% more likely to develop diabetic retinopathy than non-Hispanic whites.

Click below to access the website of the American Diabetes Association to learn more about this issue.


According the Centers for Disease Control:

— The percentage of children with obesity in the United States has more than tripled since the 1970s.Today, about one in five school-aged children (ages 6–19) has obesity.
— Children with obesity are at higher risk for having other chronic health conditions and diseases that impact physical health, such as asthma, sleep apnea, bone and joint problems, type 2 diabetes, and risk factors for heart disease.
— Children with obesity are bullied and teased more than their normal weight peers, and are more likely to suffer from social isolation, depression, and lower self-esteem.

Click below to access the website of the American Diabetes Association to learn more about this issue.



Minorities in Triathlon
According to USA Triathlon (USAT), the is the national governing body for the multisport disciplines of triathlon, duathlon, aquathlon and winter triathlon in the United States the breakdown of race and ethnicity of Americans participating in the sport breaks down to:
— 88.2% are Caucasian/White 
— 3.2% are Hispanics 
— 2.1% are Asian 
— 1.5% are Multi-racial 
— 0.5% are African-American 
— 1.1% are other.

Click below to access the website of USAT to learn more.

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