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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Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Mellon University encourage anyone who is hungry to order their food before they get hungry. Why? In a recent study, researchers found that temptations for unhealthy foods that are high in calories often happens when people are ordering food on impulse or in … Read morePosted on .
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According to a local article, Representative Peter Welch announced support and co-sponsorship of two bills that support summer meals on July 19th at a local middle school. The bills will help support students in need of healthy meals while school is out and kids have less access to healthier school meals, that include more fruits and … Read morePosted on .
A new study from researchers at Tufts University and the University of Cambridge reports that eating more unsaturated fats or saturated fats in place of dietary carbohydrates lowers blood sugar levels and improves insulin resistance and secretion. According to the Mayo Clinic, healthy fats consist of mainly monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats, like certain types of … Read morePosted on .
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A new study shows how arrows directing grocery store shoppers may help them choose healthier foods. According to a study from the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior, the use of six feet by three feet green arrows with text inside stating, “please follow this green arrow for a healthy heart, or a healthy weight” directed … Read morePosted on .
Healthier foods are not always affordable or convenient, but the health risks of eating junk foods like chips, energy drinks and candy put many families at risk for diseases like heart disease and diabetes. To reverse the rising diabetic rates in Mexico, Mexico City put a 8 percent tax on high- calorie snacks to help … Read morePosted on .
According to a new study by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, researchers found that teens who didn’t eat breakfast were at higher risks for obesity than those who ate two breakfasts. This is powerful for schools, as many are working to incorporate healthier foods and reduce sugary drink consumption among students to … Read morePosted on .
Target is teaming up with various non-profits as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy focusing on wellness. Not only have they been working to make checkout lanes healthier since last year, but now Target is investing $40 million dollars to organizations committed to increasing physical activity and healthy eating for families and children. Partners include … Read morePosted on .
The San Antonio Area Foundation Annual Responsive Grant for Community-at-Large Grants are intended for programs that improve the safety and welfare of vulnerable and under-served populations, increase chances for individual/family success and self-sufficiency. Who is eligible to apply? Nonprofit organizations, schools, churches or governmental bodies that serve Bexar and the following surrounding counties: Frio, Atascosa, Karnes, … Read morePosted on .
Data plays a key role in driving changes operational, procedural, social, environmental, and political change. In 2015, the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) started hosting Innovation Labs, interactive events to bring the sharpest minds both in and outside the field of parks and recreation to explore how innovative thinking can meet emerging challenges, reduce costs, … Read morePosted on .
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