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.

Download Our New 2016 Healthy Weight Research Review, Issue Brief, and Infographics!

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Healthy Weight: What‘s New?

See SA! Changes SA! Resources Salud Heroes in this topic.

SA! Change Community Center in Pittsburgh Creates Outreach for Latina Health

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

There are many barriers that exist that keep some Latinos from achieving the best health possible. Cultural stigmas, language barriers, and a lack of access are just some of these barriers. For Latinas, the problems can be even more frightening. Lack of insurance, lack of transportation, and even isolation are common problems that keep many … Read more

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SA! Resource Newborn Screening Resources in Spanish

Latino health infant Spanish

Early diagnosis of certain conditions can make the difference between healthy development and lifelong physical or mental disability. Newborn screening is an evolving system that is different across the country, thus many parents don’t know of the conditions included in screening in their state. For example, Texas screens for 55 conditions and Virginia screens for 31, … Read more

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SA! Change Chicago Schools Partner with Water Agencies to Green Schoolyards

Chicago Public School District 299, Illinois

Recess Drought and Neighborhood Flooding School playgrounds had been neglected in the third largest school district in the nation, Chicago Public Schools, due in part to lack of funding as well as to the nationwide shift away from recess. In 2011, Chicago Public Schools passed a recess policy that included funding to repair and improve … Read more

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SA! Change Texas SHAC Duties Expand to Look Into Joint Use Agreements

Latino Health Shared Use


Perhaps the most significant barrier families face in preventing and reducing obesity and chronic disease is a lack of access to safe places to walk, play, and be active. In many communities, schools are the only no-cost facilities with playgrounds, tracks, pools, and sports fields. Open, shared, and joint use agreements can establish terms and conditions … Read more

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SA! Change Detroit Partnership Combines Literacy & Swimming for Kids

Latino Health Swimming Pools

Detroit, Michigan

Since 2010, Detroit Swims has taught more than 5800 kids how to swim and aims to teach all kids in the Metro Detroit. Swimming is excellent for mental and physical health, as well as academic achievement, but of f the 120,000 children in the city, it’s estimated 100,000 of them can’t swim, according to one source. … Read more

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SA! Resource 500 Cities Project: Local Data for Better Health

Latino health zip matters physical activity diabetes

In December 2016, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the CDC Foundation released the 500 Cities dataset, which contains estimates of adult chronic disease, unhealthy behaviors, and preventive care for census tracts in 500 of the largest American cities. After a day-long conference in December, 2016, to … Read more

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SA! Resource New Study Shows How Removing Trans Fats Helped Lower Heart Disease

Although the recent menu labeling bill was pushed back for implementation until 2018 across restaurants, recent research reveals that removing and labeling unhealthy ingredients like trans fats can make a healthy difference for consumers. A study from JAMA Cardiology studied urban counties in New York State that restricted the use of trans fats in public eateries like … Read more

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SA! Change Major San Antonio Employer Increases Time For Paid Family Leave

Latino health parental maternity leave

San Antonio, Texas

Paid maternity leave is linked to numerous positive health outcomes for parents and baby, breastfeeding is one. Sadly, in the U.S., only 12% of private sector workers have access to paid family leave through their employers. The Thing About Paid Family Leave Policies The thing about paid family leave policies in the U.S., is that the U.S. … Read more

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SA! Resource New White Paper on Health, Behavioral Design, and the Built Environment

Latino health physical activity behavioral design

Food and physical activity are both continuous and cumulative habits. Small changes every day can drastically improve your health and quality of life. However, the built world, whether intentional or not, influences the human experience. Many people live and work in places that impede or reduce physical activity and sell or promote unhealthy food. The National … Read more

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SA! Change Doctor Yum Makes Healthy Eating Easy For Families

Fredericksburg, Virginia

Dr. Nimali Fernando, aka “Doctor Yum” is a board-certified pediatrician practicing in Fredericksburg, Virginia, after seeing kids whose body mass index fell into higher percentiles, she realized many families needed nutrition education. Working with many families in her practice she found out kids eating practices within her practice were unhealthy and she began to see another … Read more

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SA! Change Parenting Master Classes Use Latino Cultural Perspective

Latino Health Literacy physical mental kindergarten

Walla Walla County, Washington

Many factors influence early childhood development, school readiness, and health. For example, Latino parents are less likely to engage their children in preliteracy activities or read books to them leading to cognitive and oral communication gaps in Latino children. Culturally relevant parent counseling, education and support can play a huge role in childhood literacy and … Read more

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Salud Hero Video Projects Influence Student Health

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Film is a creative, impactful way to tell a story—especially when it deals with real-world problems and solutions. In Las Cruces, New Mexico (67.1% Latino), school dietitian Barbara Berger saw the need to increase eating well and physical activity among students. Berger and others worked to get funding to enable students to make creative videos … 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.

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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