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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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Healthy Weight: What‘s New?

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SA! Resource Early Exclusive Breastfeeding Associated with Longer Telomeres in Latino Preschoolers


Regardless of weight status, proper nutrition-starting as early as breastfeeding-has long been associated with positive health outcomes. A new study, published in July 2016, in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, UCSF, found that exclusive breastfeeding rates among Latino infants ages 4-6 weeks is associated with longer Telomeres when the children were evaluated at age … Read more

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SA! Resource Video Presentation: Breastfeeding at the Border of Mexico and the U.S.

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Breastfeeding rates are low along the El Paso/Juarez border. Ruth Lawrence, MD, Summit Chair and former editor-in-chief of Breastfeeding Medicine, gave a presentation developed by Rosalba Ruiz-Holguin, MD, MPH, project coordinator and chair of the Alliance for Border Collaboratives/Binational Breastfeeding Coalition in El Paso, Texas, at the Eighth Annual Summit on Breastfeeding. In this video, … Read more

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SA! Resource World Breastfeeding Week 2016: A Key to Sustainable Development


Sustainable development is essentially about ecology, economy, and equity. The World Breastfeeding Week 2016 aims to firmly anchor breastfeeding as a key component of sustainable development. World Breastfeeding Week is coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and global network of individuals and organizations concerned with the protection, promotion, and support of breastfeeding … 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! Resource VIDEO: 2016 First Food Forum – Achieving Health Equity in Every Community

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Every one of us can help achieve health equity. How can YOU help your community be healthy right from the start? Protect, promote, and support breastfeeding. Start by watching the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s video created for the 2016 First Food Forum. Explain why breastfeeding matters in a relevant and linguistically appropriate manner Help establish Baby-Friendly Hospitals Help pass laws … 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 The Impacts of Economy on Healthy Childhood Weight


According to local news and a recent study of California school children, unemployment rates can increase a child’s risk of becoming an unhealthy weight. Researcher and lead author of the study, Vanessa Oddo from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore explained that there is a trickle down effect that impact kids health. Researchers studied California’s … Read more

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SA! Change Michigan Breastfeeding Network Supports Businesses that Supports Working Families

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The Michigan Breastfeeding Network (MIBFN) develops and supports education programs, materials, and conferences that encourage breastfeeding in Michigan (4.9% Latino). One method is through their MI Breastfeeding-Friendly Business Project initiative to recognize companies in compliance with the federal Break Time for Nursing Mothers legislation and celebrate employers that go above and beyond federal requirements to support … 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 Thousands in Coachella Valley Live with Undiagnosed Diabetes

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According to a new survey from the Health Assessment and Research for Communities (HARC), a Palm Desert, California nonprofit that specializes in health-related surveying and data, one in 10 adults in California’s Coachella Valley (74.1% Latino population) have been diagnosed with diabetes, yet even more are living with the disease undiagnosed or are at high-risk … 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 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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