New Spanish-language radio drama addresses public health, cultural issues

Promesas y Traiciones will begin airing on La Jefa on Saturday, June 18
Jun 17, 2011 12:45 PM ET

(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) Birmingham, Ala. - June 17, 2011 - According to the Department of Health and Human Services, Mexican-Americans are twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes as non-Hispanic whites. Last year, Alabama was ranked the second most obese state (among adults) on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report, “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2010.” 

Media for Health, Media Impact and several partner organizations are trying to change that with a new radio soap opera called, Promesas y Traiciones (Promises and Betrayals). The drama will air on La Jefa AM 620/1450/1500 on Saturdays at 10 a.m. during “Listen to Who’s Talking,” a talk show hosted by Ernesto Usma and teen intern Vianey Mendez.   “Entertainment is a powerful tool for informing people, so we decided to use that power for a good cause,” says Betsy Hunter, executive director of Media for Health. “We want to engage communities in a dialogue about chronic disease prevention.”   To raise awareness, Media for Health and La Jefa are hosting a launch party at Heardmont Park on Saturday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free event includes food, games and a live broadcast of the drama. Those in attendance will have an opportunity to meet the actors, as well as one of the show’s producers, Dr. Marcela Frazier.   Media for Health, a member of the Jefferson County Health Action Partnership, and Media Impact are producing a similar program for African-American audiences called “Living Well in Camberwell,” which will begin airing on June 30 on Heaven 610 WAGG-AM.   Both soap operas, part of the Champions for Health campaign, feature 48 episodes of real-life drama and characters struggling with diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, smoking and more. Health experts will join the hosts during each broadcast to talk about the health issues in the episodes and to answer listener questions.   More information about Media for Health is available at More information about Media Impact is available at To learn more about Promesas y Traiciones visit, or contact Michelle Bowen at 205.870.9422 or   About Champions for Health Champions for Health is an initiative of the Jefferson County Health Action Partnership, a coalition of nineteen area nonprofits working alongside the Jefferson County Department of Health to encourage physical activity, reduce obesity, expand food access, advance smoke free policies and improve the overall health of Jefferson County residents. Champions for Health is made possible by funding from the Department of Health and Human Services through the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) program. Learn more about the campaign online at
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