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Feds Spending Nearly Half Million Dollars to Get Fat Latinos to Exercise

If you’re a Mexican man and receive a text telling you to exercise, don’t panic.  It’s just the feds.

This is not a hoax.  The feds are maybe — probably, definitely — watching you and they know you’re not moving your a$$. You see, the texts are supposed to encourage you to put down the taco and get your booty in shape, because “Mexican-American men report high rates of inactivity and related health conditions,” says the National Institute of Health.

READ: Danny Trejo Opens Taco Restaurant, but How Authentic is It?

It’s all part of a study (yes, they’re using you for a good cause) to get Latino men who “have limited access to public health interventions promoting physical activity” to get healthier. The low-cost strategy — or texts — will cost around $400,000, but if it works, they’ll expand it to help others.

So, come on, drop down and give the feds 10, ‘cause you got a lot of catching-up to do.

Read more about the study here.

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This Is How The Media Portrays Latino Men And Here’s What We Can Do About It

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This Is How The Media Portrays Latino Men And Here’s What We Can Do About It

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In a video that was featured on the Huffington Post, mitu’s very own Kat Lazo takes on the perception of Latino dudes as machista stereotypes in her series “The Kat Call.” She debunks the cultural stigma as well as sheds light on the origins of this problematic way of thinking.

The media falsely portrays Latino men as womanizing criminals…

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I love Danny Trejo as much as the next guy, but when you look at the majority of roles he’s cast in, they to fall under the category of “The Bandito” — a violent bad guy character.

Which results in real life consequences…

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“These over the top sexual and aggressive messages of Latino men influence how teachers view Latino boys, how the police interact with Latino men or how employers view Latino applicants,” explains Lazo.

This negative perception informs public opinion and promotes harmful stereotypes…

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Anybody consuming the media develops an outlook based on what they see, and as Kat explains “no one is free of internalizing these messages.”

But, “once you’re made aware of these messages, it makes it easier to break them down.”

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Look at people on an individual basis and don’t “group them together based on their cultural background.” According to Kat, the reason that Latino men are associated with chauvinism and machismo at all actually stems from the fact that “we live in a male-dominated society.”

Check out “The Kat Call” with Kat Lazo:

Are Latinos the only womanizers?

Posted by We are mitú on Sunday, March 26, 2017

[H/T] Latino Voices: Video Breaks Down Why Machismo Isn’t Synonymous With Latino Men

Read: The Kinds Of Dads You Meet While Dating

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The 7 Types Of Texts Dads Always Send

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The 7 Types Of Texts Dads Always Send

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Our fathers are distinct creatures, with their own set of dreams and hopes for us, and their very own style of humor. (Dad jokes >>> all other jokes.) They also have a few very specific texting habits we really need to discuss…


The Dad Joke:

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The Low-Key Guilt Trip:

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The Unsolicited Advice:

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The Rescue:

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The Deft Deferral:

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The Emojipalooza:

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The Tech Superstar:

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Dads. Gotta love ’em.

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READ: Why Do All Latino Dads Dress The Same?

Did we miss a very important Signature Dad Text? Let us know in comments. With three emojis, max.

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