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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.

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

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Healthy Weight: What‘s New?

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SA! Change Santa Fe Mayor Speaks Up for Soda Tax

Santa Fe, New Mexico

According to a local newspaper, Santa Fe New Mexican, Mayor Javier Gonzales, who proposed a soda tax policy to support pre-kinder education will speak up about this proposal and more at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center this Wednesday at the annual State of the City address. Gonzales will speak about the proposal he made … Read more

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SA! Change Arkansas House of Representatives Passed Bill Aligning Food Stamps With Other Health Initiatives

Latino Health WIC SNAP policy sugary drinks


Obesity rates in Arkansas (7.2% Latino) have been on the rise. Excessively sugary foods and drinks increase your risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, depression, and other chronic diseases. According to our research review, Latinos and people living in poverty are more likely to consume excessively sugary foods and drinks. To address poor nutrition, the … Read more

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SA! Change Robla School District Gets Hydration Stations & Healthy Walking Program!

Robla Elementary School District, California

After United Way’s Young Leaders Society, the Robla School District and the Health Education Council helped raise over $25,000 dollars to provide hydration stations at each school in the Robla School District (54% Latino), the district went a step further for health, literally. How? In the fall of 2015, after the Health Education Council met … 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! Resource Guam Gets Fit with Fit Fridays

On February third, the Ordot -Chalan Pago Elementary School (OCPES) kicked off the school-wide event for a SNAP-Ed program called “Fit Fridays” to encourage students to have at least one hour of regular physical activity every day. Health champions that helped lead the event were Principal of OCPES, Tricia Moylan and School Nurse, Leah Landstrom. Ordot-Chalan … Read more

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SA! Resource Milken Institute Show What’s #WeighingUSdown

In all 50 states, at least 20% of the population now has obesity, according to The Milken Institute report, “Weighing Down America” that shows in detail the threat of obesity on rising rates of disease, our health care system, and our economy. Among the report are the facts that: Finds total cost of Americans’ obesity equals … Read more

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SA! Resource Preschool Programs Help Latino Kids Outperform their Classmates in Third Grade

Latino Health Early Education

Low-income Latino kids who attended early education programs at age 4 did better in third grade than other public school children, according to a study conducted using data from the Miami School Readiness Project (MSRP). Unfortunately, fewer Latino children are enrolled in early education programs than non-Latino children. Researchers looked at data from 11,902 low-income Latino children in … 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! Resource $6 Million Dollar Grant For Obesity Research

Two projects from the Keck School of Medicine of University of South California National Institutes of Health for obesity research have been awarded funding to support research focused on preventing and treating obesity-related fatty liver disease in Latinos. Michael Goran, Ph.D., professor of preventive medicine, co-director of the Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute and director … Read more

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SA! Change Free Water Stations to Be Built Citywide in SF

San Francisco, California

San Francisco (41.9% Latino), will now enjoy the refreshing ability to have clean water access in neighborhoods across the city, where free drinking water stations will be installed thanks to community collaborations. The collaborations include the City of San Francisco, the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), and other community groups that are hoping to help … 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 Pre-K kids are Influenced by Unhealthy Marketing Shows New Study

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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