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In many Latino neighborhoods, fast food and corner stores often outnumber and are used more than supermarkets and farmers’ markets, resulting in inadequate consumption of healthy foods and overconsumption of unhealthy foods—part of the reason Latino kids are more likely to be overweight or obese than their peers.

How can healthy foods and drinks be the available, affordable, and desired choice?

Healthy food financing initiatives can boost access to healthy, affordable foods by offering supermarkets and farmers’ markets certain incentives to locate in underserved areas.

Government financing initiatives also encourage existing corner stores to expand their inventory of healthy, affordable foods. Separate programs use food vouchers by low-income consumers shopping at farmers’ markets.

Also, more marketing of healthy foods, and less of junk foods, can help spur desirability.

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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 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 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 One Healthy Checkout Lane Leads to 10


Success for Northgate Gonzalez markets in Southern California all comes down to its healthy marketing tactics. Since their Viva la Salud, they have been working in their stores to create healthy marketing and a comprehensive wellness program to entice shoppers to choose fresh fruits and vegetables and healthier products. Back in 2016,  LA parents saw … 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! Change Intern Creates Healthier Vending & Wellness for Shelby Township

Shelby, Michigan

In the township of Shelby, Michigan, a local intern helped to create a way to encourage health among employees through healthier vending. In the summer of 2016, township’s Wellness Committee worked with Shelby Township Supervisor’s office intern Kayla Gahlau, to create healthier vending and help increase funds for the employee wellness program. “We initially created this … Read more

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SA! Change Vending Machines Must Show Calories Now!

United States

Do the vending machines in your workplace, school, or city have calorie labels posted on food items? If not, they should, as the law passed by congress in March 2010 has now been in effect for over 5 million vending machines across the nation since December 1, 2016. Vending machines that are owned or operated by vendors … Read more

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SA! Change Utah Hospital Changes Policy for Healthier Vending


Aiming to mirror their mission “to help people live the healthiest lives possible”, Intermountain Healthcare is removing all sugary beverages, candies and less healthy snacks from it’s vending machines. Many nationwide health systems have also adopted similar policies including, Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente. From March 1st of this year, snacks that have added sugars, salts, … Read more

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SA! Change High School Student Helps Families Have Healthy Food Access

New Albany, Indiana

Fish, quinoa, canned vegetables and low-sodium soups are just some of the things that people are searching for at the food banks in New Albany (3.7% Latino), but not getting access to, according to High School junior Anna Perkins from Floyd Central High School. Now Ambassador-level Girl Scout, Perkins is working to make sure all in … 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! Change Philly is Clear For Tax

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The city can now move forward with the taxing of sugary beverages as a ruling on Monday dismissed the American Beverage Association and other Pennsylvania food and beverage associations lawsuit in “its entirety”, meaning there is no going back after January first when the tax is scheduled to take effect. Signed by Mayor Jim Kenney, … Read more

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SA! Change Teens Rap To Make Healthy Food Go Viral

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ever had a song stuck in your head before? Well if it’s Minneapolis youth’s “Grow Food” song, it may just help you think more about healthy food. Rapping to encourage people to grow healthy food, teens from Minneapolis with the non-profit Appetite For Change (AFC), have made veggies like broccoli into latest and greatest rap … Read more

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SA! Change REAL Certified Restaurants Work to Create Healthier Dinning Out Options Throughout the Nation

United States

There are many options for dining out these days, but which restaurants offer healthier and more sustainable options for families? REAL, standing for Responsible, Epicurean, and Agricultural Leadership, is a nationally recognized mark of excellence for food and foodservice operators committed to holistic nutrition and environmental stewardship.  The United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC), established in 2012, works … Read more

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SA! Change New Orleans Sets A National Example Of Healthy Food Access For All

New Orleans, Louisiana

The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 left many cities deserted and families without access to grocery stores or healthy food access, but New Orleans took the rebuilding opportunity in 2011 with the Fresh Food Retailer Initiative (FFRI), seeded with $7 million to help invest in healthy food access for all New Orleans residents. On … Read more

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