Archive for June, 2011
A new TV spot from SABalance.com, the City of San Antonio’s initiative to encourage healthy lifestyles, urges residents to “Find Your Balance” and develop good eating and exercise habits.
The bilingual spot prominently features active Latinos and beautiful San Antonio cityscapes.
Watch in English here or below:
Watch in Spanish here or below:
- After-school programs impact Latino kids’ fitness? (Pg 1)
- Churches serve as sites for Latino child obesity prevention? (Pg 4)
- Getting kids in the kitchen improve Latino nutrition? (Pgs 3 and 5)
Find the answers and more in the latest Salud America! E-newsletter.
Also find out the latest in Latino childhood obesity policy, news and updates on Salud America!, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) network to prevent obesity among Latino kids.
The network is directed by the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, which developed SaludToday.
To sign up to receive Salud America! E-newsletters, go here.
Watch San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro’s award-winning introductory video about SABalance.org, the city’s new website touting healthy eating and physical activity for local families, schools, and more.
The video won bronze Telly awards in the health and wellness and instructional categories.
The good news: Hispanic students have increased their math and reading scores.
The bad news: The gap between Hispanics and white students on the National Assessment of Educational Progress has persisted since the 1990s, according to a new Department of Education report, Reuters reports.
The national average of achievement gaps between Hispanic and white students in grades 4 and 8 in mathematics and reading is roughly 20 points on the 500-point NAEP scale, according to the report.
Why the gap? The Reuters report included this explanation:
Delia Pompa, senior vice president for programs for the National Council for La Raza, said that such factors as poverty, low expectations and language hit Hispanic students hard and contribute to the persistence of the achievement gap. The NCLR is the largest Latino advocacy organization in the country.
“We don’t have a choice as a nation,” said Pompa. “As this population is larger and then also becomes a larger part of the workforce, it’s important for everybody that these children be educated well and be prepared to be productive workers and citizens.”
Read more here.
Epidemiologists predict about 1.6 million new cancer cases and 571,950 cancer deaths in the U.S. in 2011, according to the new Cancer Facts & Figures 2011.
Cancer Facts & Figures provides a concise summary of frequently used cancer statistics, including projections of new cancer cases and deaths, general information on leading cancer sites, and information on major cancer risk factors, such as tobacco use, nutrition, and physical activity.
This year’s special section focuses on cancer disparities, including providing the estimated numbers of premature cancer deaths that occurred in 2007 as a result of socioeconomic disparities.
Other highlights from Cancer Facts & Figures 2011 include:
- Cancers of the lung and bronchus, prostate, and colorectum in men, and cancers of the lung and bronchus, breast, and colorectum in women continue to be the most common causes of cancer death.
- Among men, prostate, lung and bronchus, and colorectum cancers account for 52% of newly diagnosed cases.
- Among women, breast, lung and bronchus, and colorectum cancers account for 52% of newly diagnosed cases.
View more on Cancer Facts & Figures 2011 here.
If you missed it June 2, go here to watch the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) webinar, “A Multicultural Lens: Focusing on RWJF’s Work in African-American and Latino Communities.”
The event highlighted RWJF programs to address health issues within these communities.
It also featured the RWJF Multicultural Newsroom, a dynamic online site that provides extensive health-related resources for journalists whose coverage serves African-Americans and Latinos.
RWJF President and CEO Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey addressed the Foundation’s work within communities of color, and five RWJF senior leaders talked about programs targeting key issues, such as health care disparities, childhood obesity prevention, greater health care quality, the impact of social factors on health, and increased diversity within the health care workforce:
- Jane Isaacs Lowe, Ph.D., team director and senior program officer, Vulnerable Populations
- David M. Krol, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P., team director and senior program officer, Human Capital
- Debra Joy Perez, Ph.D., M.P.A., M.A., interim assistant vice president, Research and Evaluation
- Dwayne C. Proctor, Ph.D., M.A., team director and senior program officer, Childhood Obesity
- Anne F. Weiss, M.P.P., team director and senior program officer, Quality/Equality
Again, be sure to watch the archived webinar.
The National Cancer Institute’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) presents the Cancer Health Disparities Program Meetings 2011, to be held July 12-15, 2011, in Bethesda, Maryland.
The event will include plenary sessions, programmatic meetings, a mock review session, skill-building workshops, networking opportunities and poster competitions. The CRCHD is central to NCI’s efforts to reduce the unequal burden of cancer in our society and to train the next generation of competitive researchers in cancer and cancer health disparities research.
Learn more about the event here.
Although high school students report drinking plenty of water, milk, and real fruit juice, they still gulp down more sugar-sweetened beverages than is probably good for them, CDC researchers found, ABC News reports.
About 24% of teen respondents said they had a soda every day.
Several racial/ethnic differences were found, according to the story, which originated at MedPage Today. Teen boys were more likely report drinking milk and whole fruit juices than girls, and whites were more likely than blacks and Hispanics to have water and milk every day. Boys and blacks were also more likely to drink soda and sports drinks than girls and white or Hispanic teens.
For more, watch the ABC News report here or below:
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s 2011 Healthy Schools Program honored 275 schools from across the nation that have transformed their campuses into healthier places and met rigorous healthy school benchmarks.
The schools hail from more than 30 states, with high numbers of awardees in Miami; Los Angeles; Elizabeth, N.J.; and Prince George’s County, Md. More than half of the schools earning recognition a program forum June 12-13, 2011, serve predominantly African-American or Hispanic students, and more than 60% are located in lower-income communities.
The San Antonio area had several schools recognized:
Timberwood Park Elementary School (Comal)
Theodore Roosevelt High School (NEISD)
Winston Churchill High School (NEISD)
Jose Lopez Middle School (NEISD)
Douglas MacArthur High School (NEISD)
John H. Wood Middle School (NEISD)
Stahl Elementary School (NEISD)
Redland Oaks Elementary School (NEISD)
W.W. Jackson Middle School (NEISD)
Roan Forest Elementary School (NEISD)
Medina Valley High School (Medina Valley)
For a complete list of schools, go here.