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SA! Change New Health Fair Created to Reach Latinos in Georgia

Macon, Georgia

Determining the best way to reach Latinos has always been one of the biggest questions that health care workers always ask. Language barriers, trust issues, and cultural differences are just some of the barriers that often create inequities for many Latinos. At Mercer University in Macon, GA (3.14% Latino population), students launched a community health … Read more

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SA! Change New Program Trains Students to Assist Latinos with Mental Health Questions

California

For many Latinos, discussing mental health issues still retains a strong, negative stigma. Often times, a lack of access to mental health care resources means conditions go either untreated or undiagnosed. Language barriers also prevent many from expressing their symptoms and/or concerns to their doctors. In the city of Fresno, Calif. (48.54% Latino population), one … 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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SA! Change Old Storage Room Gets Revamped Into A Garden in an Oklahoma High School

Rush Springs Public Schools, Oklahoma

Gardens in schools are now becoming commonplace, as more and more schools see the benefits that gardens bring. Having a garden on campus not only opens up students learning to plant healthy foods but also encourages students to learn how to use science and math in gardens and may be used towards creating healthy eating … Read more

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SA! Change A New Partnership is Helping Get Latinos into College

Goshen, Indiana

In recent years, Latinos have made great strides in improving their overall “state” of education. The dropout rate for Latino high school students is at an all-time low (12% in 2014) and even more (35%) are finding their way into a two- or four-year college. Despite all of this headway into education, Latinos often face … Read more

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SA! Change Public Schools Get Free Fresh Salad Bars

Oklahoma City Public Schools, Oklahoma

In Oklahoma City, students at two local public schools are enjoying free salad bars donated by Dole Food Company and Homeland Stores as part of an initiative by the United Fresh Start Foundation to increase healthy options for students in school. “Healthy eating options are key for a healthy lifestyle, and that’s a high priority for … Read more

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SA! Change University Adds Food Pantry to Help Students

San Antonio, Texas

For many college students, in addition to strict study schedules, adjusting to new surroundings and responsibilities, and new life experiences, one harsh reality that many have to deal with his hunger. Food insecurity – the lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food – is common at colleges and universities across the … Read more

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SA! Change Director of School Nutrition Goes Above and Beyond for School Nutrition

North Attleborough School District, Massachusetts

Heather Baril of North Attleboro’s school district in Massachusetts, (4.3% Latino) is working to take school nutrition a step further with her new tagline for the school’s cafeterias with Feeding Healthy Futures. Baril is further extending the healthy changes made by school service teams across the district that helped introduce meatless Mondays and homemade pizza … Read more

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SA! Change NY Governor Pledges $1.4 Billion to “Fight Poor Health & Poverty”

New York, New York

On Thursday, March 9, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a plan to address “persistent problems of poverty, violence, and poor health” in the borough of Brooklyn (28.92% Latino population). The eight-pronged plan hopes to incorporate holistic approaches to address these concerning issues. The initiative, entitled Vital Brooklyn, looked to poor resources several economically struggling … Read more

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SA! Change Santa Fe May Set Special Election for May 2nd on Vote about Sugary Drinks Tax

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Many supporters and opposers of the newly proposed 2-cents-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages stood in lines for hours to voice their opinions about whether the governing body should put the question before voters during May’s special election. Supporters of the tax, like Paul Gibson wanted the special election, explaining that it is a worthy investment … Read more

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SA! Change New Ban on Soda for EBT Card Holders Is in Discussion

United States

Soda’s, sweet teas, energy drinks, and sugary beverages of all types have been the uproar of news lately as many cities across the nation are considering sugary beverage taxes to reduce high rates of type 2 diabetes, obesity and other related diseases. Now lawmakers in various states including Tennesse, Florida, and Michigan are considering a … Read more

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SA! Change New York School Switches Up Breakfast Options For Less Sugar

New York, New York

A new taste test around breakfast cereals made one school in New York switch it’s breakfast brand of cereals of Kellog’s popular Kashi brand, to a small local upstart brand called Back to the Roots, known for lower levels of sugar, salt, and calories. The local company’s cereal is also organic, free of preservatives and … Read more

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