Amanda Merck published the change 2 New Partners in Safety: Safe Routes to School and Vision Zero in the Hub Salud America! 1 day, 8 hours ago
Although walking has numerous mental and physical benefits-and is fun-many people avoid walking if the streets aren’t safe, which limits their mobility and access to basic necessities like schools, work, grocery stores, parks, healthcare, and other cultural and historical community resources.
When it comes to safe streets, the U.S. lags far […]
Amanda Merck published the resource New White Paper on Health, Behavioral Design, and the Built Environment in the Hub Salud America! 2 days, 9 hours ago
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 […]
Are you interested in changing people’s health outcomes through programs, policy changes, and infrastructure improvements?
Check out the inaugural Active Living Summit hosted by Movement Makers in Richmond, VA, May 17-19, 2017.
We will be to learn and present!
Hear stories about policies changed, advocacy wins, innovative school […]
Amanda Merck published the resource Report: Parents’ Attitudes Towards Food Marketing Report in the Hub Salud America! 1 week, 2 days ago
The newly released UConn Rudd Center Parents’ Attitudes Towards Food Marketing Report highlights parents’ views about food marketing to children and food self-industry regulation, and their support for policies to help encourage healthy eating for their children. The Rudd Center surveyed over 3,500 parents with children ages 2 to 17. Res [&h…
Amanda Merck published the change Parenting Master Classes Use Latino Cultural Perspective in the Hub Salud America! 1 week, 2 days ago
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 […]
Amanda Merck published the resource Physical Activity, Not Body Mass Index, Predicts Less Disability Before and After Stroke in the Hub Salud America! 2 weeks, 4 days ago
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 i […]
Amanda Merck published the change Elementary Students Can Take “Body Break” Any Time During Class in the Hub Salud America! 2 weeks, 4 days ago
When we are talking about academic performance, there is no right or wrong way to “workout.” Any physical activity to get you moving and to get your blood pumping is beneficial and can boost your mood and help you reset and focus.
Confederation Park Community School in Saskatoon Canada opens their gym all day and allows students to leave […]
Amanda Merck published the change San Antonio Launches New Nutrition Education Campaign in the Hub Salud America! 3 weeks ago
People care deeply about health; however, with so many complicated messages from health experts and contradicting messages from food manufacturers, as well as lack of access to affordable healthy food, it can be very difficult for families to make truly healthy choices. Latinos, in particular, face additional barriers to access healthy food, […]
Amanda Merck published the change Digital CATCH Website for School Health in English and Spanish in the Hub Salud America! 3 weeks, 1 day ago
The Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) program is an evidence based physical activity and nutrition program for schools that promotes healthy food choices among children.
For over 25 years, the CATCH platform has been the most cost effective means of preventing childhood obesity, in an environment that’s fun and easy to sus […]
By the time many girls reach middle school, suggestive comments – along with unwanted touches, demands for smiles from strangers, and other forms of harassment – become a common experience in public places, according to a new report from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership (SRTS).
Street harassment is a major barrier for kids and […]
Amanda Merck published the change Joint Call to Action to Promote Healthy Communities in the Hub Salud America! 3 weeks, 2 days ago
The way our communities are designed and built can either support or hinder health. This includes sidewalks, bike lanes, public transportation, housing, schools, parks, employment centers, etc.
Everyone deserves healthy communities with safe routes to where we live, learn, work, play, and pray, as well as safe routes to healthy f […]
Elementary schools across Pima County, Arizona (36.4% Latino), like Los Amigos Technology Academy, are encouraging a culture of health and physical activity through walking school buses.
In their first year as a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) focus school, Los Amigos teachers and parents developed a Fitness Friday initiative with a bike train […]
Amanda Merck published the change San Antonio Seeking Student Ambassadors for 2017-2018 in the Hub Salud America! 1 month ago
The San Antonio Mayor’s Fitness Council (MFC) Student Ambassador Program is looking for the next group of kids to make their school or community healthier.
Not only does San Antonio face high rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, but residents face disparities in chronic disease by income, education, and racial and ethnic gro […]
Amanda Merck published the resource Taking Back the Streets and Sidewalks: How Safe Routes to School and Community Safety Initiatives Can Overcome Violence and Crime in the Hub Salud America! 1 month, 1 week ago
Crime, violence and the fear of violence lead to reduced physical activity and loss of motivation to invest in health.
According to a report from Safe Routes to School National Partnership (SRTS), 23% of Latino parents reported their neighborhoods were unsafe, compared with 8% of white parents.
It is critical to address crime and vi […]
“Transportation professionals should be more concerned about the personal safety of Black and Hispanic cyclists because they are in a position to change how the built environment either acts as a conduit or barrier to criminal activity,” Charles T. Brown, a transportation researcher and adjunct professor of planning and public policy at […]
Amanda Merck published the change Cities Across Country Looking to Cut the Default Speed Limit, but States Stand in the Way in the Hub Salud America! 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Pedestrians have a 90% survival rate if they are hit by a vehicle going 20 miles per hour, compared to only a 50% survival rate if hit by a vehicle going 30 mph.
In 2016, Seattle, WA (6.6% Latino); Alexandria, VA (16.9% Latino); Boston, MA (17.5%Latino); and New York City, NY (28.6% Latino), among other cities lowered the default speed […]
Amanda Merck published the resource MMWR Vital Signs: Prevalence of Doctor-Diagnosed Arthritis in the Hub Salud America! 1 month, 3 weeks ago
About 60% of adults with arthritis are working age-ages 18-64 years old, according to a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Arthritis is a disabling chronic condition that can lead to severe joint pain and poor physical function and negatively affect quality of l […]
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