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So-called “Hispanic millennials” are shifting their drink preferences in a healthier direction, according to a report.
The report by Tr3s indicated that these Hispanic millennials, generally young adults ages 18-29, drink more non-alcoholic beverages on average than their non-Hispanic peers.
And they often choose drinks based on health and nutritional value.
- Hispanic millennials are monitoring their health by choosing drinks with less fat, such as 2%, 1%, or skim milk.
- Also, 60% claim to drink fewer sugary drinks.
- And when making healthy choices when grocery shopping, 1 in 6 are buying organic meat fruit, vegetables, and dairy products.
But nutritional value isn’t the only factor.
Hispanic millenials also make choices based on popularity among peers.
- They are drinking more beverages with multiple flavors like V8 Fusion fruit juice, Dr. Pepper (with “23 Bold flavors”), Capri Sun Super V drinks, and Sierra Mist.
- They also are choosing more bottled coffee drinks, caffeinated energy drinks, vegetable juices, and combination flavored (like fruit punch) sports drinks.
- Coffee is not only popular as a drink, but coffee shops are also a cheap place to socialize out of the house.
Read more insight from the report here.
A recent study by the Children’s Nutrition Research Center in Houston, Texas has discovered an interesting correlation between obesity and peanut consumption. According to their study, Mexican-American children who consume peanuts at least once a week are less likely to be overweight or obese.
Currently, 39% of the Mexican-American children are classified as overweight or obese, compared to the 32% of all children in the United States- a fact that prompts studies like this, that explore what factors and foods affect childhood obesity.
Studies have long shown the health benefits of nut consumption for adults, aiding in lower lipid levels, lower body mass indices, and reduced risk of coronary artery disease. This study looks specifically at how these benefits relate to children.
It was found that the Mexican-American children in the study who ate peanuts had significantly higher intakes of several vitamins and micronutrients, such as magnesium and Vitamin E, along with having lower low-density lipoprotein and total cholesterol levels. These results show that the consumption of peanuts and/or peanut butter may be associated with lower weight status, improved diet, and lipid levels among Mexican-American Children.
Finding these key foods or health factors that may assist in reducing childhood obesity is vital, because they may also play a role in reducing obesity related diseases. Hispanically Speaking News discussed the research pointing out that, “These vitamins are often deficient amongst Mexican-Americans. Consumption of those vitamins, amongst others, helps reduce the risk for diabetes and heart disease.” More research will be needed to see how the consumption of peanuts plays a role in the overall health of children and adolescents.
Latina girls are learning about fitness, nutrition, healthy body image and other valuable lessons at a new summer day camp called Adelante Chicas at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore.
The camp, a three-week event for Latina girls from third grade to high school, is a youth development arm of Oregon nonprofit Adelante Mujeres, which provides holistic education, career development and support services for low-income Latinas and their families, OregonLive.com reports.
Girls at the camp participate in yoga, historic walks, nutrition lessons and even get to transform Spinach into a fruit smoothie.
The Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships has launched an interactive toolkit in Spanish for faith-based and community leaders to learn about the various ways they can partner with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Designed specifically for the Latino Community, the La Mesa Completa Pastor’s Toolkit describes federal nutrition assistance programs from the lens of a pastor or community leader interacting with members of their community.
The toolkit includes helpful links, best practices, stories, and even videos of personal testimonies of how federal programs are helping families get the nutrition they need.
Community leaders, here are two new tools to help improve access to healthy foods:
Can government agencies prioritize locally grown products when they’re buying food for places like schools, hospitals, jails, and other public facilities? It depends on state and local laws, funding restrictions, and other considerations.
The Buy Fresh, Buy Local report looks at when and how agencies can give preference to locally grown food when they’re using tax dollars to purchase goods.
Debate is heating up on Capitol Hill over the Farm Bill, which is up for renewal this fall. This piece of federal legislation helps determine the types of food we eat and how much it costs — and local community leaders can play an important role in making sure it promotes health and nutrition.
The Growing Change: A Farm Bill Primer for Communities report outlines why the Farm Bill is so important to nutrition, food systems, and the food safety net in cities and towns throughout the country. This guide points local stakeholders to a variety of ways to get involved — before and after Congress passes the new law.
For more info, contact the team behind these new tools, Public Health Law & Policy, a nonpartisan nonprofit working to educate, inform, and assist local and state public health departments on policy strategies addressing nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco control.
The 2012 International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting, set for May 23-26, 2012, in Austin, Texas, is a unique opportunity to learn about behavioral nutrition and physical activity, interact with a broad constituency of leaders, and gain new insight into innovations in research, policy and practice.
Salud America! The RWJF Research Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children, is an event sponsor. Salud America! is led by the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday.
Editor’s Note: This is a 20-part series featuring new research briefs on Latino childhood obesity, nutrition, physical activity and more by the 20 grantees of Salud America! Part 17 is Dr. Claudia Galindo. Find all briefs here.
“Obesity Among Young Latino Children: Disparities and Changes Over Time”
In her Salud America! pilot research project, Dr. Claudia Galindo of the University of Maryland studied factors and behaviors that may affect weight, nutrition and physical activity among Latino youth.
Key preliminary findings include:
- Latino children are more likely to be obese than White and Asian children at all points of observation;
- among Latino children from different countries and regions of origin, Central American, Puerto Rican and Mexican children have the highest obesity levels; and
- rates of obesity among Latino children decrease as socioeconomic status (SES) increases.
These preliminary results indicate that, from kindergarten through 5th grade, Latino children were more likely than their White peers to be obese, and these disparities increased with age.
Read more here.
Salud America! is an RWJF national program directed by the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday.
Editor’s Note: This is Part 2 of a series on new Salud America! research briefs examining Latino youth nutrition, physical activity and marketing. Today’s focus is nutrition.
The modern urban environment, replete with convenience stores and fast-food restaurants, has provided easy access to generally unhealthy foods and beverages, while not always providing access to healthy ones, especially in Latino communities.
A new Salud America! research brief shows that:
- Families and youth residing in low-income, Latino neighborhoods often face limited access to supermarkets, chain grocery stores and healthy foods.
- Latino high school students have greater access to both unhealthy and healthy food choices than do other high school students.
- Compared with the national average, food insecurity is substantially higher in Latino households.
- The influence of meals on Latino nutrition and overweight is complex: Eating away from home and at home can both contribute to poor dietary behaviors and obesity among certain Latino subgroups.
- “Empty” calories from solid fat and added sugars constitute a large proportion of total calories consumed by Mexican-American and other Latino children.
- Cultural traditions about infant and toddler feeding may contribute to subsequent overweight among Latino children.
But there is good news.
Research suggests that small dietary changes can greatly improve health status among Latino youth, and intensive, multi-component, culturally relevant, school-based interventions that integrate nutrition, physical activity, behavior change and social marketing can improve healthy eating and promote weight loss in Latino youth.
Bringing healthy, affordable foods to all neighborhoods should be a priority within Latino communities since they are disproportionately affected by obesity.
Local governments should consider zoning ordinances and positive financial incentives to improve food environments. Such efforts may include tax incentives for businesses to sell low-calorie, high-nutrient foods and beverages and/or grants and loan programs, small business development programs and tax incentives that encourage grocery stores to locate in underserved areas.
Communities and city council should prioritize healthy foods and eliminate junk foods in and around schools, particularly those with large Latino populations.
Read more here.
Salud America!, a national obesity prevention program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) based at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, has released a comprehensive collection of research briefs examining the obesity epidemic among Latino children and teens.
These briefs also provide policy recommendations, including:
- Efforts to bring healthy foods into neighborhoods and schools should particularly focus on Latino communities, since they are disproportionately affected.
- Policies that can help people be physically active in their neighborhoods should emphasize Latino populations because they are more likely to live in areas that do not support such activity.
- Efforts to reduce exposure to unhealthy food and beverage marketing should consider that Latino youth are particularly targeted by advertisers.
- Health programs and messages should be culturally sensitive, relevant for all populations and produced in both English and Spanish.
In addition to these three briefs, 20 pilot grantees funded by RWJF through Salud America! have produced briefs highlighting their own, new research.
These briefs analyze a wide range of issues, from the impact of menu labeling in small restaurants in south Los Angeles, to how after-school programs can help Latino youth be active, to how community gardens can help lower-income Latino families eat more fruits and vegetables.
“These briefs provide a snapshot of the state of the Latino childhood obesity epidemic and describe how leaders and policymakers can more effectively address it,” said Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director of Salud America!, a national network of researchers, community leaders and policymakers who are working together to increase the number of Latino scientists seeking environmental and policy solutions to address Latino childhood obesity.
Latinos are currently the most populous and fastest growing U.S. ethnic minority.
And according to recent estimates, nearly 40% of Latino children and teens are overweight and more than 20% are obese.
Be sure to check out a new event, Nursewise: Tobacco Cessation, Nutrition and Physical Activity, at 8 a.m. Nov. 12, 2011, at Courtyard by Marriott in San Antonio, Texas.
The event will initiate discussion on current recommendations and evidence-based techniques for every nurse.
The registration fee is $50 for nurses and $25 for promotores, community health workers and students.
The program is presented by the Nurse Oncology Education Program (find out more here) and made possible by a grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.