TUESDAY, Sept. 15, 2020 (American Heart Association News) — Growing up in Colima, Mexico, Lorena Melendez-Chavez remembers there was always nourishing food on the table – beans, rice, legumes, tortillas, cheese, vegetables and fruits – despite her family not having financial resources to spare. Her mother, who grew up on a small farm, also insisted her four children exercise because it was just as important to burn off energy as to eat well.
“I don’t know where she got all of that information, but I was very aware of the connections between healthy food and well-being from an early age,” Melendez-Chavez said. “And later, when I came to the United States for high school and started trying other foods, I saw the difference in the way I felt. … I was very lucky because I had one teacher that I could talk to about food and healthy eating, and