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Healthy school environments are paramount for the proper development of Latino children, given the rising percentage of Latino students enrolled in public schools and the higher rates of obesity among Latino children than other racial/ethnic groups.

How can healthy schools be the norm for Latinos?

Implementing and enforcing stronger nutrition standards for competitive foods and beverages will help all students access to healthier snacks at school, which may positively influence body mass index (BMI) trends for all populations, especially those at greatest risk of being overweight or obese.

Because Latino students engage in less physical activity both in and out of school than their peers, implementing programs that reduce barriers may increase active play opportunities for Latino kids.

Moreover, regulation of the marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages to children will help positively influence the quality of their diets.

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SA! Resource Health is Everyone’s Business


The Colorado Health Foundation and the Colorado HeaIth Institute have issued new Data Spotlight, Where Health Happens. The report, to be released on Wednesday, July 27, at the Colorado Health Symposium, builds on the local Symposium event theme, “Health is Everyone’s Business.” The report highlights five nontraditional drivers of health, along with disparities and opportunities … Read more

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SA! Change Austin Creates Data Portal to Improve Health

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Healthy ATC is a data portal created by Central Health, the City of Austin Health & Human Services Department, and Travis County Health & Human Service and Veterans Service to help community members and policy makers learn about health indicators that affect the health and quality of life of Austin Travis County (33.8% Latino) residents. Healthy … Read more

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SA! Resource Webinar: Salud America! Free Tools for Healthy Change


On Tuesday July 19, 2016 Community Commons featured Salud America! (SA!) in a webinar that explains how free membership with the SA! website can benefit you! The website provides free tools and stories aimed at creating healthy environments on a daily basis and also gives members the opportunity to: Browse content by one of each six topic … Read more

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SA! Change Final Rules Announced for Smart School Snacks


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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! 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 Millions Fund Safe Drinking Water For Schools in California

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Schools in California will now be having access to safe drinking water, as California Governor Jerry Brown approved $9.5 million in the state’s budget to ensure school filtration systems provide students clean water. California has dealt with various droughts, leading to contamination and shortages of clean water creating a lack of access to safe drinking … 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 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


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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! Resource Disparities Still Exist in Latino Students School Meals


New reports on healthy foods in school meals show that there still remains issues for underserved children of color. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that many children consume most of their daily calories- a third to a half- at school, making school one of the most important food environments that impact a … Read more

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SA! Resource WIC Food Improves Preschool Kids Diets


Having healthy eating habits from early ages is important to setting up a healthier future. According to a recent study article, one in five children in the U.S. entering elementary school is overweight, but new research has revealed that the USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program has improved roughly … Read more

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Salud America! is a national online network of researchers, community group leaders, decision-makers, and members of the public working together to support healthy policy and environmental changes that can help reverse obesity among Latino children.

The network, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a project of the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.

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