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In many Latino neighborhoods, fast food and corner stores often outnumber and are used more than supermarkets and farmers’ markets, resulting in inadequate consumption of healthy foods and overconsumption of unhealthy foods—part of the reason Latino kids are more likely to be overweight or obese than their peers.

How can healthy foods and drinks be the available, affordable, and desired choice?

Healthy food financing initiatives can boost access to healthy, affordable foods by offering supermarkets and farmers’ markets certain incentives to locate in underserved areas.

Government financing initiatives also encourage existing corner stores to expand their inventory of healthy, affordable foods. Separate programs use food vouchers by low-income consumers shopping at farmers’ markets.

Also, more marketing of healthy foods, and less of junk foods, can help spur desirability.

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Better Food in Neighborhoods: What‘s New?

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SA! Change Mom Starts Petition for Healthier Checkout Lanes



Telling reporters and gaining attention from Good Morning America, Michigan mom, and healthy food advocate, Jane Kramer has started a petition towards healthier checkouts for retailers. The mom explained in her online petition, that stores should do more to combat the obesity epidemic, by providing shoppers with healthier foods at checkouts instead of encouraging impulse … Read more

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SA! Resource Guide to Help Corner Stores Healthier Places to Shop


Latino communities often have more access to fast food and corner stores with less access to healthy foods, so ensuring healthier food access is available in corner stores is an important avenue to help bring healthier foods and diets to Latino neighborhoods. Research shows that increased access to supermarkets can help Latino communities economic vitality … Read more

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SA! Resource Pre-K kids are Influenced by Unhealthy Marketing Shows New Study

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Many Latino preschool kids deal with heavy advertisements of unhealthy food marketing and consume more sugary beverages and junk foods than their peers. Now a new study highlights the importance of healthier food marketing to kids of preschool age. The study reported on in Pediatrics found that food advertisement exposure may actually encourage more eating among … Read more

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SA! Resource New Study on Healthier Checkout Lanes is a Win-Win

New study finds healthy checkouts are good for businesses AND for customers.

What would you think of fruit slices or nuts in your grocery stores check out lanes? A recent study explored how consumers felt after a healthy in-store marketing study was conducted and how it can impact sales. Before the study was started, a pre-intervention study revealed many consumers had concerns and were annoyed with unhealthy … Read more

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SA! Change Philly is Clear For Tax

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The city can now move forward with the taxing of sugary beverages as a ruling on Monday dismissed the American Beverage Association and other Pennsylvania food and beverage associations lawsuit in “its entirety”, meaning there is no going back after January first when the tax is scheduled to take effect. Signed by Mayor Jim Kenney, … Read more

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SA! Change Teens Rap To Make Healthy Food Go Viral

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Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ever had a song stuck in your head before? Well if it’s Minneapolis youth’s “Grow Food” song, it may just help you think more about healthy food. Rapping to encourage people to grow healthy food, teens from Minneapolis with the non-profit Appetite For Change (AFC), have made veggies like broccoli into latest and greatest rap … Read more

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SA! Change REAL Certified Restaurants Work to Create Healthier Dinning Out Options Throughout the Nation

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United States

There are many options for dining out these days, but which restaurants offer healthier and more sustainable options for families? REAL, standing for Responsible, Epicurean, and Agricultural Leadership, is a nationally recognized mark of excellence for food and foodservice operators committed to holistic nutrition and environmental stewardship.  The United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC), established in 2012, works … Read more

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SA! Change New Orleans Sets A National Example Of Healthy Food Access For All

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New Orleans, Louisiana

The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 left many cities deserted and families without access to grocery stores or healthy food access, but New Orleans took the rebuilding opportunity in 2011 with the Fresh Food Retailer Initiative (FFRI), seeded with $7 million to help invest in healthy food access for all New Orleans residents. On … Read more

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SA! Change Celebrate National Diabetes Awareness Month


United States

November is almost over, but its not too late to celebrate national diabetes awareness month! Health care professionals organizations and communities across the nation are working toward bringing attention on how to manage and prevent diabetes.  The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease is raising awareness through the “Managing Diabetes – It’s Not … Read more

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SA! Resource Studies Show Sugary Drinks Are Bad For Sleep, Pre-diabetes & Diabetes

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Sodas, although not as popular in the United States as before are still consumed daily at high levels in many communities, especially in minority communities. In fact, studies show Latino teens kids have increased their consumption of sugary drinks such as soft drinks, sports drinks, fruit-flavored drinks and flavored milk between 1991 and 2008. Unfortunately, … Read more

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SA! Change HEB’s Healthy Marketing Practices

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Some grocery stores are working towards helping consumers make the healthy choice the easy choice for consumers. H-E-B, a popular and large grocery chain located throughout Texas has been practicing healthy marketing practices like marking food products with nutritional tags, helping consumers online with the Health and Wellness section of their website and including select ingredients … Read more

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SA! Change Shop With Your Doc Works to Tackle Latino Obesity

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Orange County, California

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 more

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SA! Resource Australia Estimates Implementing a Soda Tax Would Achieve A 14 Times Return on Health Care Expenditures


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 more

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