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

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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 more

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SA! Resource Middle school program helped students loose 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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SA! Resource Probable Effects of Final Child & Adult Care Food Program Rule

In this photograph taken Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, Jean Carlos Rubell, 3, helps himself to grapes during preschool lunch at the Latin American Community Center in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/ Steve Ruark)

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 more

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SA! Change USDA Updates Child and Adult Care Food Program to Kid’s Nutritional Needs

In this photograph taken Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, Jean Carlos Rubell, 3, helps himself to grapes during preschool lunch at the Latin American Community Center in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/ Steve Ruark)

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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 more

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SA! Resource New Study: Pregnant mothers who eat junk food, may increase future child’s addiction to unhealthy foods

There is another reason why a healthy diet during pregnancy is critical to the future health of your children.
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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 more

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SA! Resource Healthier and caring environments help kids grow up healthier


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 more

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SA! Change Kaboom Play Everywhere Challenge

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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 more

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SA! Resource U.S. Childhood Obesity Rates Still Rising


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 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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