09/03/2013 08:42 am ET

Healthy Chicas: Helping Overweight Latinas


Every Monday, Iomara Morejon looks forward to attending Healthy Chicas, a program at Miami Children’s Hospital that is designed to empower overweight and obese Latinas to become educated about healthy eating habits while losing weight.

The 15-year-old sophomore at Coral Gables Senior High School was originally part of a three-week pilot program that launched last summer. Now, she is one of 18 girls participating in the full 10-week program, which consists of one hour of physical fitness — salsa, boot camp, belly dancing, yoga — and one hour of nutrition education once a week.

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