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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! Resource New List Cites the Healthiest & Unhealthiest Cities in the U.S.

For many Americans, where they live often dictates how healthy they are. For Latinos, where they live often creates inequities and disparities; residential segregation often leads to a lack of access to care, lack of educational attainment, and financial inequity. The financial site WalletHub examined the notion of healthy cities recently. Cities across the country … Read more

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SA! Resource Mind the Gap: Using Public Transportation to Connect Neighborhoods and Grocery Stores

Latino Health FArmers Market Public Transportation

Public transportation matters for healthy food access. When grocery stores aren’t close to home, which is the case in many Latino neighborhoods, people lack access to healthy food-and many other destinations. Public transportation can play a huge role in connecting families in disadvantaged areas with healthy resources to build a culture of health for everyone. … Read more

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SA! Change School Nurse Starts School Garden To Encourage Healthy Eating

Clayton School District, Missouri

Students are encouraged to eat healthy lunches, but what if there was a program to increase efforts of consumption of fruits and vegetables while in school? Now students at Meramec Elementary are enjoying more fruits and vegetables in their diets at school. The school was also selected as a 2016 Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) … Read more

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SA! Change Intern Creates Healthier Vending & Wellness for Shelby Township

Shelby, Michigan

In the township of Shelby, Michigan, a local intern helped to create a way to encourage health among employees through healthier vending. In the summer of 2016, township’s Wellness Committee worked with Shelby Township Supervisor’s office intern Kayla Gahlau, to create healthier vending and help increase funds for the employee wellness program. “We initially created this … Read more

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SA! Change Vending Machines Must Show Calories Now!

United States

Do the vending machines in your workplace, school, or city have calorie labels posted on food items? If not, they should, as the law passed by congress in March 2010 has now been in effect for over 5 million vending machines across the nation since December 1, 2016. Vending machines that are owned or operated by vendors … Read more

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SA! Resource One More Reason To Decrease Fast-Food Eating Habits

Fast-food is usually considered unhealthy, as it contains added salts, fats and sugars in most menu items, but how does the packaging of fast-food harm you? A new study funded by the National Science Foundation and the Silent Sprint institute showed how chemicals used in an array of fast food packaging can be dangerous to consumers. … Read more

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SA! Resource Free Cooking Classes in New Mexico

In Dona Ana County (67.1% Latino) where many adults are diagnosed with diabetes, new classes are cooking up to help those diagnosed enjoy diet modifications to improve their health. What is being called the Kitchen Creations cooking school, is being offered at a local high school, Mayfield High School to ensure participants have access to … Read more

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SA! Change Utah Hospital Changes Policy for Healthier Vending


Aiming to mirror their mission “to help people live the healthiest lives possible”, Intermountain Healthcare is removing all sugary beverages, candies and less healthy snacks from it’s vending machines. Many nationwide health systems have also adopted similar policies including, Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente. From March 1st of this year, snacks that have added sugars, salts, … Read more

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SA! Resource New Report Identifies “Root Causes” of Health Inequity

Health inequities in the United States are a rampant problem, especially for minorities such as Latinos. The U.S. has higher rates of infant mortality and shorter life expectancies than other wealthy nations. There are deep racial, ethnic, and socio-economic disparities that persist at the county and state levels throughout the country that impact millions of … Read more

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SA! Change High School Student Helps Families Have Healthy Food Access

New Albany, Indiana

Fish, quinoa, canned vegetables and low-sodium soups are just some of the things that people are searching for at the food banks in New Albany (3.7% Latino), but not getting access to, according to High School junior Anna Perkins from Floyd Central High School. Now Ambassador-level Girl Scout, Perkins is working to make sure all in … Read more

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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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