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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According to a local news article, by this summer local convenient stores and large chain stores who sell food in the city of Minneapolis must offer healthier fresh food options. Most corner stores throughout the nation offer junk foods, that are usually high in sodium, added sugars and low in nutritious benefit- an unhealthy food environment … Read morePosted on .
In the San Antonio, Texas area (69% Latino) families, health care leaders like Dr. Mark Gilger, and philanthropy groups like the Goldsbury Foundation are exploring what healthy and culturally fun Latino meals look like with the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio’s new Culinary Health Education for Families (CHEF) program. Aiming to be a new culinary … Read morePosted on .
In Las Cruces, NM city council members will meet today, May 23, 2016, to discuss plans for expanding the local agriculture and food environment, through a comprehensive Urban Agriculture and Food Policy plan, developed by local non-profit La Semilla Food Center. Exactly what is urban agriculture (UA)? The idea is to inform leaders about the many forms, benefits and … Read morePosted on .
On May, 20, 2016, after 35 years of negotiations, the National Park Service the San Antonio Food Bank finalized a land use agreement allowing the Food Bank and its volunteers to grow crops on 45 acres of farmland at Mission San Juan Capistrano. Five acres of land will be used used for demonstrations of the … Read morePosted on .
In Contra Costa County, half of CalFresh recipients are children. CalFresh is a federally funded program, formerly called Food Stamps that helps families and children put nutritious foods on their tables daily and helps to prevent household hunger and reduce the greater risks for obesity, diabetes, and other diseases. May is “CalFresh Awareness Month,” where … Read morePosted on .
To help increase awareness of unhealthy food and beverage marketing and inspire collective action to make positive changes in communities, schools and other places that children gather, the UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity created a set of presentations as a resource for advocates to spread the word about unhealthy food and beverage … Read morePosted on .
Research has indicated that having a normal weight reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 70 percent. The Be Better campaign from the California Champions for Change campaign is part of an ongoing effort to improve the health of families and communities in California, especially those that are at greater risk of obesity, … Read morePosted on .
Looking for a new resource to spread the word about unhealthy food and beverage marketing to kids in your school or community? The UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity has created a set of presentations to help advocates inform their communities on how unhealthy marketing practices contribute to an epidemic of poor diet among youth, … Read morePosted on .
Many people know that having too much sugar is bad, but few know how to know how to read sugar labels and know how much sugar is in everyday foods. Added sugar is a health risk for consumers in sodas, juices, pastries, bread, and more. The more we consume unknown sugars, the more our bodies … Read morePosted on .
According to a recent article, a 2014 study from Stanford University estimated that restricting sugary beverages from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP) may help reduce type 2 diabetes and obesity among Americans receiving the SNAP benefits, keeping as many as 141,000 children and 281,000 adults from becoming obese. Physician Phil Roe is ready to help this … Read morePosted on .
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has newly released a toolkit for those in urban agriculture or looking to be an agri-business entrepreneur. The opportunities in agri-business help drive job growth in agriculture and expand food access and choice which is vital to Latino communities in need of healthy food access in urban and rural … Read morePosted on .
By May next year (2017), convenience stores, movie theaters, supermarkets and chain food establishments will officially have calorie labels for consumers, helping them to see the healthy choice easier. Many restaurants including Starbucks, Panera, McDonalds and Subway and others have all already added calorie labels to menus , however, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) released … Read morePosted on .
Supervisor Mark Farrell announced a new legislation , written with help from the American Heart Association, to ban sugary beverages and junk food across all vending machines on city property. According to a recent news article, the legislation states that 60 percent of the city’s employee health costs are driven by the 24 percent of … Read morePosted on .
Marketing to kids has been a long debated topic as cartoon characters, TV shows and smartphone game apps have been shown to influence kid’s food choices. Quebec has had restrictions on child-targeted food ads since 1980’s according to a recent news article and now Toronto wants to follow suit as well to help decrease risks of childhood obesity and … Read morePosted on .
Mars announced last week to pledge to lower sodium in their processed foods by twenty percent by 2021. The plan for Mars Food is to add more herbs and spices to maintain their products flavor and reduce the salt. High salt and sugar contents are common in processed foods, and not always easy to see in … Read morePosted on .