One of four U.S. kids is already overweight or obese by age 2-5, with a higher rate among Latino kids (30%) than white kids (21%).
How can Latino kids achieve a healthy weight by kindergarten?
Breastfeeding has positive effects on children. Interventions or policies aimed at improving breastfeeding rates among Latina mothers may be critical to promoting healthy weight goals.
In addition to breastfeeding, research suggests that other factors that may also play a critical role in helping Latino kids achieve a healthy weight by kindergarten: mothers’ physical activity and healthy eating habits before and during pregnancy, formula marketing, maternity leave, and kids’ healthy eating and physical activity habits established during early childhood.
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Researchers at the newly created Women’s Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of California San Diego and San Diego State University have started a four-year, $3.7 million study to look at the link between sedentary habits and cardiovascular health among Hispanic and Latino women over 55. The study is funded by the American Heart Association’s Go … Read morePosted on .
A new program called Students for Nutrition and Exercise (SNaX) is helping obese students in Southern California have healthier weights for longer periods of time. According to a recent article, SNax combined school-wide environmental changes, encouragement fo healthy eating, healthy foods in cafeterias and peer-led education and marketing to help students change their body mass index (BMI). … Read morePosted on .
The BUILD Initiative works with early childhood leaders within states and nationally to better prepare young children to thrive and succeed. They developed a Community Systems Development Toolkit tailored to the needs of community-based collaboration and organized in systems change theory to provide communities interested in or engaged in collaborative work with comprehensive resources that cover the … Read morePosted on .
On May, 20, 2016, after 35 years of negotiations, the National Park Service the San Antonio Food Bank finalized a land use agreement allowing the Food Bank and its volunteers to grow crops on 45 acres of farmland at Mission San Juan Capistrano. Five acres of land will be used used for demonstrations of the … Read morePosted on .
It’s that time of year again! Summer is nearly hear and we’re excited to share this wonderful opportunity for San Antonio youth to get involved in the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Camp Power Up! This year’s 2016 Camp Power Up will take place June 6-10 at San Antonio’s Westside YMCA! Camp Power Up! is a FREE healthy … Read morePosted on .
The Urban Institute’s mission is to open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions through economic and social policy research. Health is high on the list, not only because of the ever-increasing healthcare costs and societal costs related to American’s poor health-obesity, heart disease, diabetes-but health is influenced by numerous aspects of our lives, not just … Read morePosted on .
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 morePosted on .
In 2015, the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project-a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the The Pew Charitable Trusts (pew)-conducted a literature review to assess the potential impact of updates to CACFP nutrition standards in order to develop evidence-based recommendations to improve kid’s health. The conclusion was that updates to the CACFP nutrition standards … Read morePosted on .
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides 1.9 billion meals and snacks to over 3.3 million children in child care centers, family care homes, and after-school programs. The CACFP program began in the 1960’s and hasn’t seen significant changes since. Foods served by CACFP providers are generally lower in … Read morePosted on .
According to a recent study from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), the brains of unborn children may become addicted to junk foods if the mother eats junk foods during pregnancy. Eating healthy has always been a good practice for moms-to-be, but according to new research, unborn children’s brains are impacted by opioid … Read morePosted on .
The partnership good4growth is working to help connect parents and caregivers to resources and tips to help their children grow up healthier through creative play, healthy snacks, and a caring environment. Their goal is to help all children get the very best start in life and have asked all who know a child in their … Read morePosted on .
Starting May 3, 2016, Kaboom will award $1 million in prizes through their Play Everywhere Challenge, in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Target, Playworld, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Play Everywhere Challenge is a national competition for community-driven solutions that integrate play into … Read morePosted on .
A team of researchers studying preterm infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Louis Children’s Hospital found that premature babies whose daily diets consisted of 50 percent breast milk had more brain tissue by their due dates than premature babies who consumed significantly less breast milk. One notable finding is that researchers … Read morePosted on .
A study from Los Angeles, Calif. shows that high stress in Latino adults may have twice the risk of having obese children. According to a recent article, researchers looked at data from the Study of Latino Youth (SOL Youth) and stated that parental stress is a risk factor for childhood obesity among Latinos. High levels of … Read morePosted on .
According to a recent study led by Duke Clinical Research Institute childhood obesity in the United States has not declined and severe obesity remains high. Dr. Sarah Armstrong pediatrician and director of the Duke Healthy Lifestyles Program said in a recent video in regards to the childhood obesity epidemic that, “Not seeing changes in the actual … Read morePosted on .