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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The New York Milk Bank-the first milk bank in New York state (19% Latino)-opened early 2016 and was off to a successful start, at least, in terms of donations and handling. Delivery; however, was a problem. Julie Bouchet-Horwitz, the nurse practitioner and lactation consultant who opened the milk bank, struggled to deliver milk to babies … Read morePosted on .
Grants up to $90,000 are now available for those focused on helping kids grow up at a healthy weight through state, local and tribal public policy campaigns. Applicants can apply to the Voices for Healthy Kids grant by Thursday, December 15th, 2016 and applications must be specific to an individual campaign focused on changing public policy … Read morePosted on .
Thirty-four of 56 WIC State Agencies reported modest decreases in obesity among young children from 2010 to 2014; however, Hispanic children still had higher rates of obesity than their peers, according to the study published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, The CDC worked in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to monitor obesity … Read morePosted on .
We all know that breastfeeding saves live and money, yet many moms, especially Latina moms, do not meet their own personal breastfeeding goals. Why not? According to a framing brief by Berkeley Media Studies Group (BMSG), the story on breastfeeding is narrowly framed around a portrait of the mother and baby rather than the context of … Read morePosted on .
Digital marketing-versus print advertising, product labels, and television commercials-is uniquely problematic today in that marketers are able to aggressively reach a pregnant woman with personalized content early and constant, which may undermine breastfeeding, according to a preliminary analysis of social media marketing of infant formula by the Berkeley Media Studies Group (BMSG) in September 2016. … Read morePosted on .
Marketing infant formula to pregnant Latinas is associated with reduced rates of initiating breastfeeding, shorter duration of breastfeeding, and increased use of formula. In September 2016, the National WIC Association (NWA) announced that they were ending their relationship with infant formula manufacturers. The NWA is the education arm and advocacy voice of the nation’s 12,200 WIC public … Read morePosted on .
In Orange County, California, diabetes, heart disease and obesity are serious challenges that disproportionately affect the Latino community. Orange County’s Latino population (34% Latino), like many cities throughout the nation, is growing and changing the demographics of the county and consequentially changing the way healthcare is provided. A new bilingual campaign called, “Shop With Your Doc” gives shoppers … Read morePosted on .
Following eleven men and women with excess weight over a four-day time period, researchers discovered that when we eat matters. The researchers tested the men and women in regards to when they ate, having participants eat between 8am to 8pm in one test over four days, and then again from only 8am to 2pm. Dr. … Read morePosted on .
Millions of Americans experience limited mobility due to joint pain, which often leads to obesity and chronic disease. Latinos are burdened by higher rates of muscle and joint pain and higher rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Watch Movement is Life’s Start Moving Start Living documentary that raises awareness about how joint pain robs millions of Americans … Read morePosted on .
Parents, pediatricians, and health providers, especially those serving Hispanic communities, should be aware of the extensive marketing for sugar-sweetened toddler milk and nutritional supplement brands aimed at Latino parents. Marketing infant formula to pregnant Latinas is associated with reduced rates of initiating breastfeeding, shorter duration of breastfeeding, and increased use of formula. According to Baby Food FACTS, … Read morePosted on .
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 morePosted on .
One of four U.S. kids is already overweight or obese by age 2-5, with a higher prevalence among Latino kids (30%) than white kids (21%). This is a problem because children aren’t “outgrowing” overweight and obesty. Children who are overweight when they enter kindergarten are four times more likely to be obese in 8th grade compared to … Read morePosted on .
One company saw a 46% cost reduction for employees using wearable fitness tracking devices. According to a three-year study by Springbuk Inc., a healthcare analytics firm that tracks corporate wellness efforts, an actual return on investment has been calculated for an organization using wearable fitness tracking devices; employees using wearables for two years cost $1,292 less … Read morePosted on .
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 morePosted on .
Can stress negate the benefits of a healthy diet? Our lifestyle can influence our health and the power of stress can hurt change our bodies in a myriad of ways. According to recent research, stress can ultra metabolism, making the body become inflamed no matter if you are eating healthy foods or unhealthy foods. Janice … Read morePosted on .