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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 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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SA! Resource New Study: Gardening Contributes to Fighting Climate Change

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Do you have a home or small urban garden? Compost pile? According to a new study, you may be helping the environment and reducing climate change. Researchers from the University of California at Santa Barbara studied how well-tended gardens for every family home in California may help increase the chance of the state reaching its … Read more

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SA! Change Stores Listen to Latino Customers And Add Healthier Snacks to Check-outs

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Cardenas, an Ontario-based grocery chain in Riverside County (47.9% Latino) that markets it’s products to Latino shoppers, are now changing their store’s checkouts, offering healthier snacks after listening to shoppers like Alejandra Padilla. Why? Padilla, a Latina mom of three, wants the checkouts to be filled with healthy convenient options like apple slices, nuts, trail … Read more

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SA! Change Miami-Dade County Recognized In Building A Culture of Health!

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Miami-Dade County, Florida

Miami-Dade (66.8% Latino) has a culturally diverse population of over 2.7 million people, but nearly one in three children are living in poverty and in turn dealing with higher health disparities. In fact, various studies, including one from Havard T.H. Chan, has shown that income level and where you live can impact the health and diet of families. … Read more

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SA! Resource AHA Calls Out for Texas Kid’s Health

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According to the newly released State of Obesity report, Texas it the 10th most obese state in the country. Now the American Heart Association along with many other organizations are asking parents, teachers, and health advocates to step up for kids health and take action. AHA is asking anyone who is interested in supporting kids in … Read more

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SA! Change Students Use Healthy Marketing To Help Decrease Diabetes Rates


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Healthy marketing can help people purchase more produce, shows a recent study, but it also can help people who speak different languages see the healthier choices in stores. Two years ago, working in various neighborhoods in California, including Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park, Latino teens also saw the difference healthier marketing can … Read more

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