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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 Corner Stores Implement New Food Standards in Minneapolis

Little India International Market in northeast Minneapolis is one of the stores participating in the city's staple food ordinance. Here, a customer shopped Friday for tomatoes. (Photo Source: David Joles, Start Tribune)

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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 more

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Salud Hero Future Generations Learn Healthy Eating Through Teaching Kitchens

Child eats a handmade tostada with his mother at local event to promote CHEF—a new hospital initiative that teaches families and kids how to cook together and eat nutritious foods. (Photo Source: CHEF Facebook page)

San Antonio, Texas

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 more

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SA! Change Breaking: City Council Meets to Discuss Urban Agriculture Plan for Las Cruces, NM

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Las Cruces, New Mexico

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 more

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SA! Resource CalFresh Campaign


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 more

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SA! Resource Resource about Food Marketing to Children: Digital Module


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 more

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SA! Change Be Better Campaign Launches!

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Sacramento, California

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 more

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SA! Resource Food Marketing to Youth: What’s the Harm?

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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 more

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SA! Resource Join #FoodFri to learn more about added sugars

Added sugars: find out what you should know in our #FoodFri chat, Friday at 1pm ET.

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 more

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SA! Change Local Tenn. Doctor proposes bill for healthier SNAP purchases

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Knoxville, Tennessee

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 more

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SA! Resource Toolkit for farm entrepreneurs


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 more

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SA! Change FDA releases final guidance for calorie labeling on menus

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United States

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 more

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

Will Nacor (left) of San Francisco picks up his selection after making a purchase from a vending machine at the SFMTA customer service center on Monday, January 11, 2015 in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo Source: SFGate)

San Francisco, California

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 more

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SA! Resource Toronto works on banning unhealthy food advertising for kids

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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 more

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SA! Change Mars commits to lower sodium in food products

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United States

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 more

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