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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.

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Healthy Weight: What‘s New?

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

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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

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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 dietician 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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SA! Resource #WellnessWins Campaign Launches!

The #WellnessWins campaign celebrates the importance of strong wellness policies and the great strides districts are already making nationwide! The #WellnessWins campaign celebrates district wellness success and inspires everyone to create healthier school environments, grounded in strong wellness policies. Beginning on April 17, school leaders, community members, and parents can visit WellnessWins.org to download resources, read success stories, and learn how they can support and advance … Read more

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SA! Resource Know A Young Texas Health Champion?

Calling all health champions ages 15-18! The Michael and Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living is awarding 2017 Texas Health Champions that are helping to prevent or deter obesity in their local town, cities, communities, or schools. The Award Ceremony will be held during the Texas Obesity Awareness week, September 11th through the 15th, 2017 … Read more

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SA! Resource Physical Activity, Not Body Mass Index, Predicts Less Disability Before and After Stroke

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Stroke is the most frequent cause of adult-onset disability in the US. Sadly, there are disparities in average age for stroke, meaning some populations are at an increased risk at a younger age and some populations live with the physical, emotional, and financial burdens at a younger age. For example, the average age for stroke in Latinos … Read more

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SA! Resource New Rankings Show Healthiest & Least Healthy Counties in Texas

It is a well-known fact: where you live impacts your overall well-being. Environment greatly impacts health, education, employment, access to opportunity, and long-term success. Latinos often face inequities and disparities due to barriers created by their environments. Many have to live in low-income and high-poverty and high-crime neighborhoods with little access to healthy food and … Read more

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SA! Resource How Can Businesses Impact the Obesity Problem?

Childhood obesity is a serious public health concern in the United States. About 12.7 million children and adolescents aged 2–19 years, or 17 percent of the population, have obesity. For minorities, the statistics are even more troubling. Nearly 40% of Latino children are overweight or obese (higher rates than both white and black children), placing … Read more

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SA! Resource Ranking America’s Most Obese Cities

There is no secret that the United States overall has an obesity problem. According to a new report from the financial website WalletHub, the cost for America’s fight with obesity costs nearly $316 billion per year in medical bills. More than a third of U.S. adults are obese (36.5%), according to the Centers for Disease … Read more

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SA! Resource Guidelines on Feeding Infants During the Month of Life

What do physicians recommend when it comes to feeding an infant?  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) children should be exclusively breastfed between the ages of 1-6 months. After the first months of life with the guidance of a physician, parents may begin to introduce solid foods but should continue to breastfeed for another 12 … Read more

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SA! Resource New Grant Opportunity Through Aetna for Healthy Communities

A new grant opportunity through the Atena Foundation’s 2017 Cultivating Healthy Communities grant is open, offering up to $2 million in grants to organizations that increase opportunities for low-income, minority communities to make healthy choices in the places they live, work, learn, and play. Grant requests can range between $50,000 and $100,000 for projects that span … Read more

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SA! Resource What is the Happiest/Healthiest State in the U.S.?

Where you live has an incredible amount to do with how healthy, happy, and often times, successful you are. Many Latino and low-income families lack access to healthy food options, safe streets to walk, health care facilities, and physical activity areas. All of these combine to impact an area’s culture of health. Recently, Gallup surveyed … Read more

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SA! Change New Program Helps Latinos with Personal Health Knowledge

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Numerous barriers exist that keep many Latinos from receiving the best healthcare possible. Language barriers, cultural stigmas, and lack of access are just a few of the obstacles many Latinos face. However, a new program in northern Colorado is looking to eliminate some of these. A new class has been created to help Latinos in … 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.

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