#SaludTues Tweetchat: 5/3/16 “Water: The Health Benefits You Should Know

Water is one of the fundamental building blocks of life itself. It surrounds us on an everyday basis. However, despite it being everywhere in this country, many people still don’t realize how essential it is to good health and a quality life. What are the health benefits of water that you need to know? Let’s use #SaludTues on May 3, 2016, to tweet information and resources on Water: SaludTues 05-03 (1)

  • WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Water: The Health Benefits You Should Know”
  • DATE: Tuesday, May 3, 2016
  • TIME: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT)
  • WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues
  • HOST: @SaludToday

Questions we got via Social Media:

  • What about sports drinks? Are they just as healthy as water?
  • Is water as important for children’s dental health as for adults?
  • What about fluoride in the water?

#SaludTues is a weekly Tweetchat about Latino health at 12p CST/1p ET every Tuesday and hosted by @SaludToday, the Latino health social media campaign for the team at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Latino Health Disparities: Improving, But More Needs to be Done

The latest annual report on the nation’s health by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows Latinos are living longer than whites and blacks and health disparities are narrowing. Despite the latest improvements in health disparities, Latinos still have the highest incidence of high blood pressure and childhood obesity, The American Heart Association News (AHA) reports.Cute Brothers and Sister Wearing Backpacks Ready for School.

“High blood pressure remains much more common among black Americans, and Hispanic children and teens are still more likely to be obese than their black, white and Asian counterparts.,” AHA said in a written statement.

The CDC’s annual health report is a “snapshot” of the nation’s health “highlighting recent successes and challenges in fighting critical health problems in the United States.”

Read the full article here.

Study: Severe Obesity Among Minority Children is on the Rise

Latino and Black children have the highest prevalence of severe obesity according to a recent study, Univision Salud reports.happy female child holding big soda bottle against her face in crazy and over excited expression

Researchers analyzed data from 1999 through 2014 and concluded that one-third of U.S. children are overweight, 25% are obese and more than two percent are severely obese.

“Despite other recent reports, all categories of obesity have increased from 1999 to 2014, and there is no evidence of a decline in the last few years.” lead researcher Asheley Skinner said.

According to Skinner, there are 4.5 million children who are severely obese in need of immediate treatment.

“Unless we make big changes on a national level, we’re not going to see huge changes in obesity,” Skinner said.

“We have created a culture where kids aren’t very active and one where it’s commonplace and easy to eat fast food, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t change that,” she said.

Learn more about Latino childhood obesity and how you can be a Salud Leader for Latino kids here.

SaludToday Wins International Marketing and Communications Award

Spreading the word about how to improve Latino health is a dire need.SaludToday logo

That’s why we at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio created our SaludToday blog and social media campaign.

We recently won four silver Communicator Awards.

SaludToday-blog won “silver” in the content and marketing category and SaludAmerica “silver” in the activism, writing and website categories

Please help us continue to raise awareness of Latino health issues and solutions by following us on TwitterFacebookYouTubeInstagram, and Periscope.

Hearing Impairment Linked to Diabetes

New research suggests type 2 diabetes—a condition that severely affects Latinos in the U.S.—may cause hearing impairment, according to researchers at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center, HealthAim reports.Gossip, rumours

According to the researchers, there’s “compelling evidence” that suggests diabetes damages the auditory system and clinicians should include a hearing test in managing type 2 diabetes.

“An association between diabetes and hearing impairment in human subjects has been shown in many, but not all, studies,” said Dr. Elizabeth Helzner, assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Public Health at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

According to the American Diabetes Association, 16.9% of Latinos have diabetes.

Study: Ads May Be Tempting Teens to Vape

Teens who have been exposed to electronic cigarette ads in the last 30 days are more likely to start vaping, according to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Engadget reports.Man smoking an e-cigarette as he drives a car

“The unrestricted marketing of e-cigarettes and dramatic increases in their use by youth could reverse decades of progress in preventing tobacco use among youth,” Brian King, deputy director at the CDC’s smoking division, said in a statement.

The data comes from the CDC’s 2014 National Tobacco Survey that looked into the habits of more than 20,000 middle and high school students from across the country and found that the number of E-cigs users is increasing among teenagers.

Along with their findings the CDC recommends “limiting e-cig sales to stores that only admit adults, preventing e-cig sales from being offered close to schools, and making e-cigs harder to purchase online.”



La Organización Mundial de la Salud le declara la guerra a la diabetes

En todo el mundo, 1,5 millones de personas mueren cada año por causa de la  diabetes de acuerdo a cifras de la Organización Mundial de la Salud.whd2016-be-active-310

En los Estados Unidos, la diabetes es la 7ª causa de  muerte y el 12,8% de los latinos en Estados Unidos padece de ella.

“La diabetes es una enfermedad antigua que está tomando un peaje cada vez mayor en el mundo moderno. En 1980, 108 millones de adultos padecían de diabetes. Para el año 2014, la cifra había aumentado a 422 millones-8,5 por ciento de los adultos que reflejan un aumento global de los factores de riesgo tales como el sobrepeso o la obesidad. A pesar de que tenemos las herramientas para prevenir y tratarla, la diabetes causa alrededor de 1,5 millones de muertes al año, “dijo el secretario general de la ONU, Ban Ki-moon.

En su primer Informe sobre el impacto de la diabetes, la Organización Mundial de la Salud aconseja a la gente a comer saludable, realizar actividad física y evitar el aumento de peso.

Study: U.S. Hispanics Live Longer than Whites and Blacks

Latinos have the highest life expectancy rate in the U.S, according to a new federal study, American Heart Association News reports.db244_fig1

Latinas’ life expectancy rates increased from 83.8 in 2013 to 84 in 2014.

Latino men’s life expectancy increased from 79.1 in 2013 to 79.2 in 2014.

For white non-Latina women, life expectancy rates declined from 81.2 in 2013 to 81.1 in 2014.

The overall life expectancy rate for those born in 2014 is age 79.

What is “Community Water Fluoridation”?

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Community water fluoridation is the practice of adjusting the level of fluoride in the local water supply so there is just enough to help protect teeth from decay.

It’s called ‘community’ water fluoridation because the whole community benefits. But Latino kids and families with low incomes, who suffer more than others from tooth decay, benefit the most.

For every $1 invested in community water fluoridation we save as much as $38 in money that CHIP, Medicaid, insurance companies, and individuals would have to spend to treat unhealthy teeth.

What is fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens teeth so they’re more resistant to the bacteria that cause decay. It is found naturally in all sources of water. (It comes from phosphate rock and, like other minerals, dissolves into the water supply.)

In some parts of the country, the natural level of fluoride is more concentrated than it is in others. In most places, though, fluoride must be added to get to the right amount to protect teeth.

About 70 years ago, after discovering that people drinking naturally fluoridated water had stronger teeth, a handful of towns around in America began community water fluoridation.

Scientists tracked tooth decay in kids from those towns and found that they had far fewer cavities than people in non-fluoridated towns, an average of 50%-70% fewer cavities.

How do communities add fluoride to the water?

Before it reaches our homes, the water we get from the tap is filtered and disinfected in local water filtration facilities. Then, in most cities and towns, fluoride is added by the local water supplier.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services studies all our sources of fluoride and makes a recommendation on what the right level of fluoride in water should be.

Tap water in the United States is regulated to be clean and safe. Public water systems are tested frequently, and safety results are certified. But, as we have recently seen, there are sometimes problems with the water supply. You can find information on the quality of local water supplies on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website.

#SaludTues Tweetchat 4/26/15: Lupus Disease: What Latinos Should Know

Lupus disease widely affects Latinas and other minorities in the U.S. Are you aware of the symptoms and causes?#SaludTues 04-26 (1)

Join us for an hour-long conversation about this disease and how it affects Latinos. Let’s raise awareness!

• WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Lupus Disease: What Latinos Should Know”
• TIME/DATE: Noon CST (1 p.m. EST) Tuesday, April 26, 2016
• WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues
• HOST: @SaludToday
• CO-HOSTS: La Red Hispana (@LaRedHispana), SLE Lupus Foundation (@LupusNY), Lupus Research Institute (@LupusResearch) & Dr. Irene Blanco (@IreneBlancoMD).

Be sure to use the hashtag #SaludTues to follow the conversation on Twitter!
#SaludTues is a weekly Tweetchat about Latino health at 12p CST/1p ET every Tuesday and hosted by @SaludToday, the Latino health social media campaign for the team at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.

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