Banner: Healthy Weight

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 Race is a Risk Factor for Not Accepting Donor Milk

NICU donor milk

At times, mothers of preterm infants are unable to supply adequate amounts of human milk. In neonatal intensive care units (NICU), very low birth weight infants are eligible to receive donor milk. The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding in 2010 emphasized the importance of donor milk use in the NICU, and many … Read more

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SA! Resource Proper Maternal Folate Level May Reduce Child Obesity Risk


Researchers from an National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study found that children of obese mothers with adequate folate levels (at least 20 nm/L) had a 43 percent lower risk of obesity compared to children of obese mothers with lower folate (less than 20 nm/L). Folate is well-known for promoting brain and spinal cord health in a … Read more

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SA! Change Health Insurers Can Impact a Child’s Healthy Weight



New research, reported by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has determined that access to safe neighborhood spaces for physical activity can help families and kids maintain a healthy weight, but it is not often enough. According to a recent estimate, nearly 40% of U.S. Latino youths ages 2-19 are overweight or obese, compared with only … Read more

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SA! Change Healthier packed lunches may help kids have healthy habits in adulthood

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United States

A new study from researchers from the University of Adelaide studied over four hundred South Australian children ages 9 to 10 in various socioeconomic status and found that 91 % of students were missing daily recommended amounts of vegetables. The study also found that intake of sodium, sugar and saturated fat were excessive, which can … Read more

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SA! Resource New study: Does pollution increase the risk of obesity?


New research centers in Harvard and John Hopkins and USC will work to address research in hopes to improve health in communities overburdened by pollution and environmental factors. The Maternal and Developmental Risks from Environmental and Social Stressors Center (MADRES) will recruit and research 750 mother -infant pairs from low-income urban hospitals in the Los … Read more

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SA! Change New discussions to reduce worldwide childhood obesity


United States

Working together to discuss actions to reduce obesity in children and adolescents, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) hosted a roundtable discussion with government representatives, nongovernmental organizations and private sector groups. The discussion focused on the Plan of Action for the Prevention of Obesity in Children and Adolescents, drawing on actions to help … Read more

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SA! Change Researchers Look into Sedentary Habits and Heart Disease Among Latino Women

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San Diego, California

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 more

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SA! Resource Middle school program helped students lose weight long term


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 more

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SA! Resource Systems Building Toolkit and Video

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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 more

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SA! Resource The Picture of Health: At Home, at Work, at Every Age, in Every Community

Picture of Health

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 more

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SA! Resource Food Marketing to Youth: What’s the Harm?

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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 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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