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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! Resource How America’s Health and Obesity Crisis Threatens our Economic Future


Most Americans are still not aware of the many serious health consequences associated with being obese. Additionally, misconceptions about what healthy weight and obesity look like further complicates adults’ and parents’ ability to correctly identify weight status, thus they are unable to correctly identify their and their children’s risk for life-long health complications. According to … Read more

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SA! Resource Chile Labels Unhealthy Foods

Warning labels on food products shown in black octagons. (Photo source: Latino Fox News)

A recent article reports that Santiago, Chile is working to combat obesity by providing consumers with warning labels on unhealthy foods. Chile deals with high obesity and diabetes rates. In 2014 an article reported Chile to be the fattest nation in the world, with 37% of boys overweight or obese and girls at 32%. The legislation passed … Read more

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SA! Change Healthier Kids Meals Now Available for Air Force Bases

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United States

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the U.S. Air Force has partnered to bring Kids LiveWell meals to kids and families as part of the Air Force FitFamilies initiative. The Air Force FitFamilies initiative is a web-based goal incentive program for families, encouraging families to have active goals, resources, and recipes to increase healthy choices. … Read more

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SA! Change Breaking News: Healthy Food Retail Act Now State Funded!



Louisiana will be seeing more grocers and farmer’s markets expanding fresh food in needy areas, as the Healthy Food Retail Act has been approved for one million in funding from the state. The Governor signed the budget bill to implement the law’s budget, allowing families to have more access to fresh, healthy, affordable foods. Market … Read more

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SA! Resource Vegetables Can Help Reduce Diabetes Risk


Many people know that vegetables are healthy and better for your body, but can they help reduce health risks like diabetes? New research reports that adults who ate a plant-based diet with few animal products cut their risk of Type 2 diabetes by 20 percent, and 34 percent for healthful plant-based food products like whole … Read more

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SA! Change Update: Navajo Nation Implements #HealthyDineNation

Advocates stand together for support of the passing of a new bill that allows the Navajo Nation to pursue their health and wellness projects. (Photo Source: DCAA)

United States

Since 2013, the Navajo Nation has been striving to address food deserts and health epidemics. In 201,  the Healthy Dine Nation Act was approved to help promote consumption of healthier foods, by taxing junk food sales at two percent and eliminating a five percent tax on healthy foods like fruits, nuts, water, and vegetables. The one … Read more

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SA! Change Students use Instagram to Increase Awareness About Unhealthy Food

New calorie count labels designed by marketing students Alessia Mordini and Rodrigo Dominguez. (Photo Credit: Tumbler)

United States

Do you know how many calories are in your favorite hamburger, candy or blended coffee drink? Two marketing students who met studying at Miami Ad School in Madrid are attracting more than 80,000 followers on their Instagram account that puts calories in the spotlight on different junk food products. The photos on their Instagram account called, Caloriebrands, … Read more

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SA! Resource Understanding Sugar on the New Nutrition Label

The new Nutrition Facts label will list how much added sugar is in a product. (Photo Credit: UC Davis)

A few things are changing on the nutrition label that may help consumers be more aware of the amount of sugar that is in products and their overall daily diet. A recent article explains a few key things about the new label, pointing out the importance of consumers to think about their diet- especially in regard … Read more

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SA! Change Update: No junk food here, SF takes a turn for healthier vending


San Francisco, California

According to a recent article from Prevent Obesity, San Francisco city has taken the healthier food movement to a new level by adopting a new ordinance that ensures healthier foods are found in city property vending machines and during city meetings and events. The new ordinance requires that all prepackaged food sold in vending machines … Read more

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SA! Change Foot Traffic Ahead 2016: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America’s Largest Metros


United States

LOCUS and the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at the George Washington University School of Business released Foot Traffic Ahead 2016, a report ranking the country’s 30 largest metropolitan areas focusing on walkable urban places (WalkUPs). LOCUS is Latin for “place.” Place is important. According to the report, places with the highest levels of walkable … Read more

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SA! Change Soccer mom creates healthy snack movement in Ohio

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Columbus, Ohio

Mom and registered dietician in Columbus, Ohio, Sally Kuzemchak, calls herself a “soccer mom on a mission” after she found out that her kids were eating junk food and sugary beverages at all their sports and after school events. Sally saw the need to have her two kids fuel up on more than the usual … Read more

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SA! Change Breaking News: NM City Council Passes New Urban Agriculture Plan!

DACC students who worked with La Semilla to promote urban agriculture in the heart of Las Cruces. (Photo source:

Las Cruces, New Mexico

After council discussions, the first policy of it’s kind in Las Cruces, New Mexico, passed on June 6th, 2016, by the city council for urban agriculture (UA). The new Urban Agriculture and Food Policy plan, developed by La Semilla Food Center, will help the 16.8% food insecure community to have more access to healthier foods through … Read more

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SA! Change ALDI grocer to partner and invest in schools health initiatives

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Southern California schools are about to get help and funding from an unexpected source, a local grocery store. According to a recent article, the ALDI grocery store has recently partnered with Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) to invest in 15 Southern California area schools to improve overall wellness environments through grants and technical assistance for the … Read more

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SA! Change Healthier packed lunches may help kids have healthy habits in adulthood

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United States

A new study from researchers from the University of Adelaide studied over four hundred South Australian children ages 9 to 10 in various socioeconomic status and found that 91 % of students were missing daily recommended amounts of vegetables. The study also found that intake of sodium, sugar and saturated fat were excessive, which can … Read more

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