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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 Final Rules Announced for Smart School Snacks


United States

Newly Wellness Policy guidelines and Smart Snack rules from the U.S. Department of Agriculture have officially been announced, ensuring that more students will have access to healthier foods in schools. The rules require schools to promote healthy eating habits and  require that food marketed in schools must meet Smart Snacks nutrition standards. For snacks in … Read more

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SA! Resource Cut Calories by Ordering Food Ahead of Hunger

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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 more

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SA! Change Large Numbers of California College Students Go Hungry

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A new survey determined that four out of every 10 University of California system students do not have a consistent source of high-quality, nutritious food. Nearly 9,000 students were surveyed in what is believed to be the largest look ever at campus food security. The survey also determined that 19% of students “went hungry at … Read more

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SA! Change Burlington Shows Support for Summer Meals

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Burlington, Vermont

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 more

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SA! Resource New Study: Healthy Fats Help Decrease Type 2 Diabetes Risk Factors

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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 more

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SA! Change Support for AmeriCorps to Help Prevent Childhood Obesity in Vermont



Having access to clean drinkable water and healthy fresh foods is vital in ensuring children grow up to be a healthy weight. New funds from the state’s congressional delegation recently announced that $2.1 million in funds will go to help position new AmeriCorps members into volunteer services for the state. One organization called the Washington County Youth … Read more

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SA! Resource New York is the Intersection of Urban Planning and Health


Urban planning plays a significant role in addressing the health equity and health disparities of Americans, especially Latinos. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), environmental, social, and economic conditions in cities can have both positive and negative impacts on human health. Urban planning plays an important role on these conditions. Air and water quality, … Read more

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SA! Resource New Report From Ohio Finds Latino Boys Deal with Disparities

Latino children, who are projected to make up one third of all kids in the U.S. within 20 years, face daunting disparities that threaten to hold them back if left unaddressed, according to a United Way of Central Ohio report.

According to a local news article, United Way of Central Ohio hoping to help Latino kids have healthier lives, noting from the 2016 Champion of Children report that reveals many of the challenges that Latino boys face. The report which includes local and national information finds that the growing population of Latino youth is living … Read more

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SA! Resource Reports Show Success in Mexico’s Junk Food Tax

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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 more

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SA! Resource Two Breakfasts are Healthier than None Researchers Say

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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 more

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SA! Change Target Teams Up With Nonprofits To Help Create Healthy Changes


United States

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 more

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SA! Resource San Antonio Area Foundation Offering Community-at-Large Grant

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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 more

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SA! Change Data Driven Government and Parks and Recreation

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Boston, Massachusetts

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 more

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SA! Change Garden Internship Program Grows Healthy Futures for Teens

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Grant County, New Mexico

In Grant County, New Mexico (49.9 % Latino) many families have little to no access to healthier foods. Some families live in food deserts , where they may live as far as ten miles from a supermarket or grocery store. However, new programs like the Rooted Youth Growing Change may help bring healthy foods into the area with their … Read more

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