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SA! Change West Virginians Support Sugary Drink Tax

West Virginia

According to the Register-Herald, a poll was taken by the American Heart Association (AHA) recently showed that 60% of around 600 respondents favor taxing sugary drinks in West Virginia. From the same poll 53% West Virginians said they would support a 1 to cent per ounce tax on sugary drinks. But what could a sugary … Read more

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SA! Change Experimental Lab Leads to Underground Park in Abandoned Trolley Terminal

Latino Health Walkability Green Space

New York, New York

An underground lab experiment in New York City (28.6% Latino) just successfully tested if solar panel skylights could sustain plant life to determine if an underground park could thrive. This lab experiment is the result of five years of discussions about transforming the Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal, which stopped servicing passengers in 1948, into an underground park with … Read more

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SA! Change Georgia Schools “Go Green” with Local Produce

Glynn County School District, Georgia

Dawn Lewis, director of culinary services for Glynn County schools told local news Golden Isles that 20% of the menu items at their school are now locally sourced. Working towards the Vision 2020 for School Nutrition Initiative, the school hopes to implement healthier local foods into the school’s menu, highlighting Georgia farmers and the school’s local campus garden. … Read more

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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 New Grant Funds Promotoras in Sacramento

Yolo County, California

In the Latino community, promotoras de salud are often invaluable parts of the healthcare process. Often times, they are critical in removing cultural barriers that prevent Latinos from accessing quality healthcare. A project in Sacramento, Calif. (28.08% Latino population), is looking to create even more promotoras in the area. The Sacramento Region Community Foundation recently … Read more

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SA! Change Health Warning Labels Proposed for Sugary Sports Drinks

California

In California, a new bill to warn consumers of the sugars in sports drinks is making its way before the senate health committee in late March or early April, according to The Californian. “The State of California continues to see a rise in obesity and type 2 diabetes among its residents and it is occurring … 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

Arkansas

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 Group Begins Organizing Promotoras in Northern California

Sonoma, California

Promotoras have long been acknowledged as important agents of healthy change in Latino communities. Thanks in large part with their relationships in the community and the specialized health education they receive, promotoras are often able to reach Latinos that “traditional” health care workers cannot. In Northern California’s Sonoma Valley, the La Luz Center was founded … 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 Park City School District Increases Efforts to “Reach” Latino Students

Park City, Utah

It is well-known that there is an undeniable link between education and health. Better educated people have longer life expectancies. For Latinos, barriers often exist between them and obtaining the best education possible, creating disparities between them and other races and ethnic groups. In Park City, Utah (16.43% Latino population), the local school district is … Read more

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SA! Change San Francisco Announces Free Community College for Residents

San Francisco, California

Achieving a quality education is one of the key, fundamental social determiners of health. People with higher education levels have better long-term health. More and more Latinos are enrolling in college. One city in the U.S. is looking to make access to higher education even more available than ever. Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco … Read more

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