By Eugenia Nicole Macias, Yasmin Flores, and Jocelyn Ramirez
If there’s one underlying trend about the Mujeres de Todo Verde, it’s that each person’s family has been affected by serious health concerns, most notably cancer. It is unfortunately no surprise to us these days, considering our culture’s lack of motivation in keeping a healthy diet. The need to educate our own communities is ultimately what has brought our band of mujeres together and Yasmin Flores faces these challenges everyday. Yasmin, who works at an oncologist’s’ office during the day, deals with the reality of high-rising health concerns on a daily basis. On the weekends she gets to help raise awareness, and spread the Todo Verde love with us!
You have been working at an oncologist’s’ office since 2013, but before that, you were going to school to become a health educator, what lead you to that field?
I initially wanted to specialize in women’s health education. My mom passed away from cervical cancer 11 years ago, and didn’t prioritize her health. This made me realize that most latina women tend to put their health on the back burner. They cater to other people first, that’s just how we are, how we were raised. My ultimate goal is to get my masters degree and become a midwife or doula. I used to work at a birthing center and loved it, and it’s something I’m very passionate about.
Why are you advocating for women’s health?
Our culture tends to push back when it comes to finding resources to keep our bodies healthy. I used to volunteer at a nonprofit LGBTQ center a few years ago, and older Latinx women would come in everyday for things like counseling or meal exchanges. Older abuelitas would come in and find out that they had been infected with HIV. The numbers were uncharacteristically high. We found that a lot of their undocumented husbands/partners who couldn’t find work would prostitute themselves for money and go home and infect their wives. We need to educate women, mothers, and caretakers on how to deal with symptoms that could be harmful to our bodies. We shouldn’t disregard health issues that require medical assistance.
Your line of work with the oncologist can be pretty daunting, how do you find balance?
I love to dance! As a child, I wanted to be a professional ballerina. But I love it all, from cumbia to ballet, jazz, and salsa, I love music and dancing. If there’s live music, I will be there!
What is your favorite item on the menu?
My favorite item is the Guacamaya Agua Fresca made with avocado, cucumber, orange, and chia — It’s so good! My favorite smoothies are the Brown Power and the Verdecito. Everything Jocelyn cooks is delicious! I used to hate chile rellenos — like, seriously hated them! But I loved Jocelyn’s chile relleno dish she made for a feastly dinner recently.
What is your favorite thing about working with TV?
It doesn’t ever feel like work at all, and the team is amazing. We all have similar interests, and we’re doing something good together. We’re helping start conversations on healthy living in our communities. You can have something tasty that is also really good for you. It’s not Corporate — it isn’t Jamba Juice — and our input is always encouraged. I love that about Jocelyn, she’s not your typical boss, and she’s passionate about Todo Verde’s mission.
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