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But there’s good news.
Attending Síclovía on Sept. 29, 2013, may open the door to a healthier future for families across the city, according to a new study.
More than half of Síclovía attendees say they improved their physical activity behaviors after attending the event, according to the preliminary findings of a study presented this afternoon at a press conference by representatives of the YMCA of Greater San Antonio and the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
“Since the inception of Síclovía, participants have shared with us how the event encouraged them to adopt a healthier lifestyle,” says Sandy Morander of the YMCA of Greater San Antonio. “We are thrilled that this study confirms we are having an impact on a significant number of attendees. My hope is that on September 29 that even more families come out to play in the street and see that physical activity can be fun.”
The study was conducted during San Antonio’s last Síclovía event on April 7, 2013, and included surveys from 373 participants.
- 53% of respondents reported they changed their physical activity level after attending a Síclovía event.
- 48% of respondents reported they tried a new activity at the event.
- 43% of respondents reported they would not have been physically active the day of Síclovía had it not been for the event.
- 87% of people came to the event with their family and/or friends.
“We were excited to find that Síclovía is a family-oriented event that motivated non-active people to get off the couch and try new activities that they otherwise might have missed, and also sparked people to adopt healthier behaviors after the event, too,” said Dr. Deborah Parra-Medina, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the IHPR at the UT Health Science Center. “Given that physical activity is scientifically proven to improve health and reduce the risk of disease, our results clearly demonstrate this event plays a role in improving San Antonio’s health.”
Síclovía is a free event hosted twice a year by the YMCA of Greater San Antonio.
At the event, a major street (Broadway between Lion’s Field Park and Alamo Plaza) is closed to vehicular traffic for several hours to provide a safe, open space to “play in the street.” Participants walk, run bike and skate through the closed street, stopping at “reclovias” along the way that provide a variety of activities, including exercise demonstrations, a skate park, a pet area and a healthy food area.
The next Síclovía will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 29, 2013, on Broadway.
For more information, go here.
A successful program that increased the number of fruits and vegetables eaten and decreased sugary drink consumption by 50 percent among Latino children had two secret weapons, according to a new study.
The first strategy is family values and togetherness.
The second guiding principle was “mas y menos”—a little more, a little less.
“Interventions often fail because their goals are too lofty. If someone tells me that ice cream is the root of my problem and I can’t eat any more of it, I’ll be disheartened and say I can’t do this,” said Angela Wiley, a professor of applied family studies at University of Illinois. “If someone says, would you be willing to eat ice cream two days a week instead of five, or eat light ice cream instead, I would be more willing to try.”
In Wiley’s study, published online in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior and funded through Salud America! The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Research Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children, researchers attempted to change dietary behaviors.
In weekly sessions, Latino parents and children were separated for age-tailored lessons, then reunited for taste testing and demonstrations.
The rest of the two-hour session was spent in joint family physical activity and a family mealtime class.
“We taste-tested tortillas made with vegetable oil versus others made with lard and urged parents to go for the healthier alternative,” Wiley said. “Also, if we could get them to substitute one corn or whole-wheat tortilla for a flour tortilla daily, we felt—mas y menos—that we’d made progress.”
When the 73 participating families began the intervention, 19% of children did not eat fruit at all, and 62% ate less than one serving of vegetables daily.
Nearly half (48%) drank at least one sugary drink each day.
“When the program ended, fruit and vegetable consumption had increased by about a serving. We were most happy to see a significant drop in the children’s daily consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages by over 50% at our two-month follow-up evaluation,” Wiley said.
The patterns children develop at home are tremendously important throughout their lives so it’s important to get family members on board, Wiley said.
“These kids are our country’s future health-care consumers, and we want to give them the best possible start in life,” she said.
Check out this cool new animated video on why its critical for Latino kids to get more active play time.
The video, which is part of a new Salud America! “Active Spaces and Latino Kids” package of research, which also contains a research review, issue brief and infographic, can be found here.
The research suggests that culturally relevant school- and community-based programs, better access to active play sites, and education for parents can help young Latinos become more physically active.
They are also less likely to meet federal recommendations of at least 60 minutes of activity a day, due to fewer parks and other active spaces, fewer school- or community-based physical activity programs during school or after, and parenting styles.
But culturally relevant school- and community-based programs, better access to active play sites, and education for parents can help young Latinos become more physically active, 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 new Salud America! “Active Play and Latino Kids” materials include a research review of the latest science, an original animated video, and an infographic.
Programs implementing structured programs for active play at and after school may increase physical activity levels among Latino kids, studies show.
Such programs have proven to reduce inactive behaviors among Latina middle-school girls, increase active play levels in Latino preschool kids.
A walking program for Latinos also improved kids’ fitness by 37.1 percent.
“Health departments, schools and communities should collaborate on culturally relevant after-school programs or activities to help Latino kids meet the federal standard of 60 minutes of daily physical activity,” 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.
Other ways to increase active play include:
- School administrators and staff should develop strategies for increasing opportunities for physical activity during the school day.
- Neighborhood maps of physical activity resources should identify the need and appropriate areas for more park and recreation spaces in Latino communities.
- Street-scale improvements and programs that facilitate safe transport are needed to increase use of physical activity sites in Latino communities.
- Educating Latino parents about monitoring and rewarding healthy behaviors may improve the level of physical activity in their children.
The new research package is the fourth of six new research material packages by Salud America!, each of which focused on a specific topic on Latino childhood obesity. Find the others at www.salud-america.org.
Check out this cool infographic on why its critical for Latino kids to get more active play time.
The infographic, which is part of a new Salud America! “Active Spaces and Latino Kids” package of research, which also contains a research review, issue brief and animated video, can be found here.
The group has launched a new Spanish-language blog about diabetes and those inspired to stop it, called No Más Diabetes.
The have a great Facebook page in Spanish, too.
Also, the ADA’s por tu familia program, described in this video, contains Spanish-language, culturally relevant information on diabetes risk factors and warning signs. Contents focuses on healthy eating, understanding the link between heart diseases and diabetes, and the importance and impact of increasing physical activity.
The program also encourages appropriate testing among those at risk and treatment for those diagnosed with diabetes.
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.
A new pubcast, “Obesity Control in Latin American and United States Latinos: A Systematic Review,” examines research programs that combined physical activity and healthy eating to address obesity can help guide efforts to tackle the epidemic in the United States and Latin America.
The pubcast, published by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, is from the Institute for Behavioral and Community Health at San Diego State University.
Read more about this research here.
Kids get active in their communities to save the world from a sedentary-style villain in a neat new video from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Each scene in the video is designed to showcase kids getting physical activity and eating right.
For the video, CDC invited U.S. kids to audition for the video.
Some of the more than 7,000 audition videos were used to build the film. Special effects were added to turn the kids’ actions into superpowers.
A new culturally tailored, multi-component obesity prevention program among minority preschool children can help create an environment that positively impacts weight and gross motor skill development in children at risk for obesity, according to a new study in the journal Childhood Obesity.
For the program, called Míranos!, researchers from UT San Antonio and the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio tested whether it is possible to indoctrinate students with healthy behaviors — for life — via several positive interactions with their parents, teachers and school workers and a supportive learning environment at school and home.
Researchers tested the program among predominantly Mexican-American kids enrolled in Head Start in San Antonio, Texas.
Favorable changes occurred in weight scores, gross motor skill development, outdoor physical activity and eating healthy food among the children who participated in Míranos!.
“Míranos! is a unique example of using a systems approach to create change at multiple levels and synergize multiple components to promote changes in preschool children’s physical activity and dietary behaviors,” the researchers concluded.
Learn more here.