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In many Latino neighborhoods, fast food and corner stores often outnumber and are used more than supermarkets and farmers’ markets, resulting in inadequate consumption of healthy foods and overconsumption of unhealthy foods—part of the reason Latino kids are more likely to be overweight or obese than their peers.

How can healthy foods and drinks be the available, affordable, and desired choice?

Healthy food financing initiatives can boost access to healthy, affordable foods by offering supermarkets and farmers’ markets certain incentives to locate in underserved areas.

Government financing initiatives also encourage existing corner stores to expand their inventory of healthy, affordable foods. Separate programs use food vouchers by low-income consumers shopping at farmers’ markets.

Also, more marketing of healthy foods, and less of junk foods, can help spur desirability.

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Better Food in Neighborhoods: What‘s New?

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SA! Change New Orleans Sets A National Example Of Healthy Food Access For All

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New Orleans, Louisiana

The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 left many cities deserted and families without access to grocery stores or healthy food access, but New Orleans took the rebuilding opportunity in 2011 with the Fresh Food Retailer Initiative (FFRI), seeded with $7 million to help invest in healthy food access for all New Orleans residents. On … Read more

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SA! Change REAL Certified Restaurants Work to Create Healthier Dinning Out Options Throughout the Nation

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United States

There are many options when dining out these days, but what restaurants offer healthier and sustainable options for families? REAL, standing for Responsible, Epicurean, Agricultural, Leadership and is a nationally recognized mark of excellence for food and foodservice operators committed to holistic nutrition and environmental stewardship.  The United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC), established in 2012, works under … Read more

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SA! Change Celebrate National Diabetes Awareness Month


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November is almost over, but its not too late to celebrate national diabetes awareness month! Health care professionals organizations and communities across the nation are working toward bringing attention on how to manage and prevent diabetes.  The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease is raising awareness through the “Managing Diabetes – It’s Not … Read more

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SA! Resource Studies Show Sugary Drinks Are Bad For Sleep, Pre-diabetes & Diabetes

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Sodas, although not as popular in the United States as before are still consumed daily at high levels in many communities, especially in minority communities. In fact, studies show Latino teens kids have increased their consumption of sugary drinks such as soft drinks, sports drinks, fruit-flavored drinks and flavored milk between 1991 and 2008. Unfortunately, … Read more

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SA! Change HEB’s Healthy Marketing Practices

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Some grocery stores are working towards helping consumers make the healthy choice the easy choice for consumers. H-E-B, a popular and large grocery chain located throughout Texas has been practicing healthy marketing practices like marking food products with nutritional tags, helping consumers online with the Health and Wellness section of their website and including select ingredients … Read more

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SA! Change Shop With Your Doc Works to Tackle Latino Obesity

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Orange County, California

In Orange County, California, diabetes, heart disease and obesity are serious challenges that disproportionately affect the Latino community. Orange County’s Latino population (34% Latino), like many cities throughout the nation, is growing and changing the demographics of the county and consequentially changing the way healthcare is provided. A new  bilingual campaign called, “Shop With Your Doc” gives shoppers … Read more

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SA! Resource Australia Estimates Implementing a Soda Tax Would Achieve A 14 Times Return on Health Care Expenditures


Many countries are talking more about reducing sugary beverage consumption after the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on October 11th, 2016 it’s suggestion to tax all sugary drinks by 20 percent to help reduce consumption. Now talks in Australia have bubbled up around reducing sugary drink consumption, as The Green Party campaigned announced a policy … Read more

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SA! Resource 29 New Digital Tools to Expand Access to Jobs, Schools, Affordable Housing, & Other Resources

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In March 2016, President Barack Obama launched the Opportunity Project calling for technologists, local governments, and community groups to harness technology and innovation to expand access to opportunity for all Americans (17.6% Latino). The result? Non-profits, companies, and students built 29 new digital tools-during an 8-week software development sprint-using federal and local data to help communities … Read more

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SA! Resource Case Studies: Building a Culture of Health in Texas

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Making healthy choices is complex. In this digital age, people are bombarded by conflicting health messages and face social and environmental barriers to carry out the most basic essentials of healthy lifestyles-eating healthy and being physically active. Latinos face added barriers to making healthy choice due to lack of access to healthy food and safe places … Read more

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SA! Change Family Gets Zoning Changed To Re-Grow An Urban Farm Dream

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Roswell, Georgia

Back in 2012, a family’s vision to rebuild old farm into a flourishing urban farm started to take bloom. One of the greatest goals of the new urban farm, called Martin’s Garden is that no less than 30% of what they produce or do on the property will be directed towards charities and helping others. … Read more

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SA! Change New Michigan Bill Announced to Support Urban Agriculture & Invest $10 Million for Research

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A new bill supporting urban agriculture in Michigan (5% Latino) will open up doors for new economic opportunities and create new ways to increase access to healthy foods. The Urban Agriculture Acto of 2016, announced by Michigan Senator Stabenow will allow more support for urban farmers with new financial tools, support for research, and allow … Read more

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SA! Resource Celebrate National Farm to School Month!

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Get ready to get excited about healthy school food by celebrating national farm-to-school month! Every October farmers, families, students, educators and food enthusiasts of all ages celebrate healthy school food and raise awareness about improving child nutrition for all kids in all schools through farm-to-school programs. Our farm-to-school Salud Heroes have helped schools incorporate healthy … Read more

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SA! Resource Cut Sodium From Kids’ Diets in 8 Simple Ways

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Sodium is found in many processed food products, like cheese, lunch meats, and even in some foods we don’t expect, like frozen lunches, canned beans or salted nuts. Many times when packing a lunch for our kids we tend to forget daily recommendations for our kid’s sugar and sodium intake, but the American Heart Association … Read more

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