About Salud America!

Latino Childhood Obesity

Nearly 40% of Latino children are overweight or obese (higher rates than both white and black children), placing a significant burden on the current and future state of Latino health.

Who We Are

Salud America! is a university-based nonprofit launched in 2007 that develops multimedia communications to educate and motivate our national online network—kids and parents, teachers, academics, and community leaders—to take action to reduce Latino childhood obesity and build a culture of health.


End childhood obesity by communicating good health and driving people to start and support healthy changes in their schools and communities.

How to Use Our Website

We hope this website will build people’s capacity to create healthy change by fueling them with data, digital and video communications, action campaigns and contest, social media activities (i.e., Tweetchats). The website itself is a hub within Community Commons, a network of networks to build healthier communities.

On our website, you can join our movement as Salud Leaders, share your story, and access Latino-focused changes, resources and Salud Hero role model stories and videos in six topics:

Register as a Salud Leader now to join our movement!

The Science of Our Website

All our communications are framed by the Salud America! Policy Contribution Spectrum.
The Spectrum, based on scientific theories, is a simple way to describe the four stages of policy development and key activities involved, such as noticing there is a problem, mobilizing support, enacting a change, and monitoring a policy after implementation.
Our Salud America! Salud Heroes are examples of the Spectrum in action.
Find out how the Spectrum works.

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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.

Policies, comments, external links, and contributed stories and images are not affiliated with Salud America!, RWJF, or The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, nor do they necessarily reflect the views of or endorsement by these organizations.

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