For the first time in U.S. history, we are raising a generation of children who may live sicker and die younger than their parents’ generation.
Every community needs the building blocks to give everyone the chance to make healthy choices, so we can all share in a culture of health.
Many Latino families lack access to healthy food in their neighborhood.
Check out this new video about the Healthy Corner Store Network, through which The Food Trust partnered with more than 600 stores—including many bodegas that serve Latino communities—to help them introduce healthier foods and provide training on how to properly stock, display and sell healthy them.
The video show one bodega corner store owner, Clara Santos, who is now stocking healthier items, including fruits and vegetables, on her shelves.
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 a trio of Web Health Awards for our digital efforts to raise awareness for Latino health from the Health Information Resource Center, which gives awards twice annually for online health information.
We also earned a “merit” award for our quarterly e-newsletter on Latino health.
This makes it hard for Latino families do not have access to healthy, affordable foods.
However, policies that introduce supermarkets or farmers’ markets in Latino communities, expand healthy offerings in corner stores like bodegas, or reduce costs of healthy foods can improve Latino families’ access to and purchase of healthier foods and set the stage for better diets, according to a new package of research materials from Salud America! The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Research Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children.
The “Better Food in the Neighborhood” package highlights how healthy food financing initiatives—tax credits, zoning incentives, funding, technical assistance, or equipment—can spur supermarkets and farmers’ markets to locate in underserved areas.
In addition, several government financing initiatives encourage bodegas to expand their offerings of healthy affordable foods.
Other financing initiatives include food subsidies to expand demand and purchasing power for healthy foods by low-income consumers.
“As the number of supermarkets in Latino neighborhoods increased—which expands the availability of affordable fresh fruits and vegetables, whole-grain products, low-fat milk, etc.—youths’ body weight outcomes improved,” said Amelie G. Ramirez, director of Salud America!, based at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.
The new research package can be found at www.salud-america.org and includes:
- A research review with the latest science on the U.S. Latino food environment;
- An issue brief (lay summary of the review);
- A colorful infographic; and
- An animated video
Be sure to check out all six new research material packages to be released over the summer by Salud America! each focused on a specific topic.
“Healthier School Snacks” is already available.
Also coming soon: Active Spaces (June 2013); Active Play (July 2013); Healthier Marketing (June 2013); and Sugary Drinks (August 2013).
Check out this new infographic on how Latino families need healthier food options in their neighborhoods.
The infographic, which is part of a new Salud America! “Better Food in the Neighborhood” package of research, which also contains a research review, issue brief and animated video, can be found here.
Check out this cool new animated video on how Latino families need healthier food options in their neighborhoods.
The video, which is part of a new Salud America! “Better Food in the Neighborhood” package of research, which also contains a research review, issue brief and infographic, can be found here.
Check out this cool video about a project that uses trained community health workers—called promotores de salud—to help Latino senior citizens better manage their type 2 diabetes and develop healthier lifestyles.
Promotores can help bridge gaps in access to health care and health information.
The project involves the Mexican Unity Council, Humana, and the National Council of La Raza.
But how well do you really know the fats?
Here’s your chance to get better acquainted with the Fats family—the Bad Fats Brothers and the Better Fats Sisters—thanks to a new campaign from the American Heart Association.
Like any family, the Fats share some common traits. For example, they all give your body energy and they all have 9 calories per gram. But some fats are better than others.
Go here to meet the Bad Fats Brothers, Sat and Trans, and the Better Fats Sisters, Mon and Poly.
Find out what they’re like and where they hang out to help you decide how much you want them as your friends.
With the high rates of Latino childhood obesity, a Latino-majority school district in South Texas is working to improve students’ physical activity.
The McAllen Independent School District, as shown in this KGBT-TV video, has “adopted” the Peaceful Playgrounds program.
The goals of the Peaceful Playgrounds program are are to: improve physical activity; decrease negative behavior: implement a consistent “district-wide” conflict resolution for students; and, beautify playgrounds with new floor designs.
Check out these videos about how a Latino family—the Eguez Hopkins family—is planting their own produce garden and eating healthy on a budget.
The videos are from Manantial de Salud, a federally funded Latino grassroots health network sponsored by the Latino Healthcare Forum in the Dove Springs neighborhood in Austin, Texas.