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Raquel "Rocky" Egusquiza is a Vice President of Multicultural Markets at AARP. She focuses on working with and promoting positive social change within the Hispanic community.

Healthcare Reform Upheld: What It Means for Latinos

The Supreme Court has decided. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains in effect and now both government and health care providers are focusing on continuing its implementation. At AARP, we supported health care reform because the law, better known as the Affordable Care Act, offers numerous protections that benefit millions of Americans who had no access to affordable health insurance. But what does it means for Latinos? It provides access to healthcare benefits and coverage previously unavailable. Once the law …

Food in the Time of Barbecue

Latinos love food, period. But the one thing that we love more is succulent, juicy and tasty grilled food. The smell of some costillitas (baby back ribs), pimientos asados (grilled peppers) and chorizos (sausage) can seduce even the most determined weight watcher. I confess that I am guilty of being one of those that checks in their will at the door when attending a family barbecue. However, grilling is an art and not everyone gets the best results despite their …

Father’s Day: A Tribute to their Hard Work and Dedication

Political and economic pressures have motivated many Latinos to uproot themselves and migrate north looking for a better future, often leaving their families behind. These brave men work multiple jobs back-to-back to provide for their loved ones while saving big sums of money to, one day, finally reunite with his family. Father’s Day is around the corner and I want to dedicate this blog post to these trailblazers that opened the doors for most of us in this country with …

Enjoy Summer, Protect your Skin

Brighter colors and shorter outfits are suddenly the norm: After Memorial Day weekend, the summer is here in full swing. But along with family trips, sunshine and humidity the hot season also brings risks for your skin due to sun exposure. The first step to keep these risks at bay is to accept them and stop thinking “no, that can’t happen to me.” Next, you will find that it is not so hard to take care of your skin by …

Sorry Avengers, but Mom Is my Real Super Hero

Spring 2012 started with a fever for big blockbuster movies full of superheroes saving the world from alien invaders. However, as fascinating these characters can be, the title ‘hero’ for me can only bring one person to mind: my mother. Sorry guys, but The Hulk, Iron Man, Capitan America and their gang have nothing on a woman who migrated from Cuba, learned English as her second language, was the first in our family to graduate from college and became an …

Latinos: Don’t Let your Guard Down Against Cancer

A few nights ago, I was riding the train on my way back home from a New York City trip and I had the chance to read an interesting article explaining the reasons why more Americans are surviving their struggle against cancer, published in the April/May issue of AARP: The Magazine. New drugs, targeted treatments and continuous research have increased the chances of cure and survival. I was glad to read the good news but I began to wonder if …