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Latino students are widely exposed to high-fat, high-sugar snacks and drinks sold in schools, but implementing stronger nutritional standards can yield healthier school snacks for this growing population at high risk of obesity, according to a new package of research materials released today by Salud America! The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Research Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children.
The new Salud America! “Healthier School Snacks & Latino Kids” research materials, which can be found at www.salud-america.org, include:
• A research review with the latest science;
• An issue brief (lay summary of the review);
• An infographic; and
• An animated video
This is the first of six new research material packages to be released over the summer by Salud America!, each of which will focus on a specific topic on Latino childhood obesity and highlight the issue, policy implications and future research areas.
The “Healthier School Snacks & Latino Kids” package, released at the Salud America! Summit, highlights the fact that young people consume a high proportion of their daily calories at school.
“Research shows that access to unhealthy snack foods and beverages in schools has a disproportionately negative health influence among Latino students, and schools with a higher proportion of Latino students tend to have weaker policies regarding access to and nutritional values of these items,” said Amelie G. Ramirez, director of Salud America!, a national network of stakeholders seeking environmental and policy solutions to Latino obesity based at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.
“By 2050, 35 percent of young people in the U.S. will be Latino. Providing healthier school snacks and drinks can help make sure this growing population is healthy,” Ramirez said.
To learn more, visit www.salud-america.org.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the costs of proposed federal legislation over a 10-year timeframe.
That might not be long enough to account for total savings inherent in the proposed legislation.
If the CBO extends that window from 10 to 75 years, it could better account for all of the costs and savings attributable to various obesity-prevention efforts, according to a new report by the Campaign to End Obesity.
The report identifies billions of dollars in potential savings that are attributable to four specific obesity-prevention strategies that would prevent obesity and related chronic conditions in the long run, thus helping save money by reducing health care costs and increasing wages.
Check out the report’s key findings in this infographic:
The 2013 County Health Rankings are now available.
The rankings, now in their fourth year, show that how long and how well people live depends on multiple factors including rates of smoking, education, and access to healthy food.
National trends this year show:
- Child poverty rates have not improved since 2000, with more than one in five children living in poverty.
- Violent crime has decreased by almost 50 percent over the past two decades.
- The counties where people don’t live as long and don’t feel as well have the highest rates of smoking, teen births, and physical inactivity, as well as more preventable hospital stays.
- Teen birth rates are more than twice as high in the least healthy counties than in the healthiest counties.
The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The Rankings help to lay the groundwork for health improvement efforts of governors, mayors, business leaders, and citizens across the country.
To learn more about the 2013 Rankings, join a Twitter Q&A at 2 p.m. ET March 20, 2013, with Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation president and CEO and Patrick Remington, Associate Dean for Public Health at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
Submit questions to @RWJF_PubHealth or @CHRankings or follow the conversation at #healthrankings.
Check out this new video about healthy changes being made in Santa Cruz County, Calif., one of six winners of the inaugural Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Roadmaps to Health Prize, which honors outstanding community partnerships helping people live healthier lives.
Using their Community Assessment Project Report’s local data as a guide, public and private community partners have pinpointed areas where they can make the biggest difference.
Santa Cruz County’s population is about 32% Hispanic.
Guided grocery store trips, menu labeling at restaurants, community gardens, and video-game-based exercise programs are among several promising, culturally appropriate ways to prevent obesity among Latino children, according to a new collection of studies from Salud America! The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Research Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children published in a supplement to the March issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
The supplement focuses on Salud America! achievements in the past five years and features 19 papers of groundbreaking research on effective approaches for preventing/controlling Latino childhood obesity. The papers focus heavily on Latino culture, health, and policies in Latino communities across the nation.
Research among Latino communities, schools and families include these findings:
- Education on nutritious food selection and a guided grocery store trip decreased the total number of calories per dollar spent, challenging the idea that buying healthy foods costs more.
- Owners of small restaurants can improve access to healthy menu options and continue to publish calorie information on their menus.
- Tending community gardens or attending nutrition/cooking workshops improved or maintained children’s body mass indices and increased the presence of fruits and vegetables in the home.
- School educators can use active video games to increase cardiorespiratory endurance and math scores over time among students.
“This Salud America! supplement is the culmination of several years of diligence, passion, and hard work in identifying and examining the most promising policy-relevant strategies to reduce and prevent obesity among Latino children,” say supplement editors Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH, MPH, director of Salud America! and the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and Guadalupe X. Ayala, PhD, MPH, of San Diego State University. “In addition to fueling new research findings, Salud America! helped to increase the skills and experience of researchers working in the field, and further expand our national research network.”
View the full supplement here.
The supplement also will be highlighted in a research symposium at the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) annual meeting in Phoenix-Scottsdale, Feb. 20-23, 2013.
Hispanic and black high-school students suffer a higher prevalence of dating violence.
In honor of February being National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, we urge you to check out a new video from Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships.
The Start Strong program targets 11- to 14-year-olds in several U.S. cities to promote healthy relationships among young adolescents to stop the violence before it starts.
The program, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and in its fifth year, already has reached thousands of youths through education, community engagement, policy change, communications and social marketing. It also educates and engages parents, teachers, counselors, coaches and older teens to help younger adolescents develop positive, healthy relationship behaviors and attitudes.
The video focuses heavily on Latino students.
A new program, called Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change, is offering some resources to gain such momentum.
Try out the program’s new FAIR Database, a comprehensive collection of summaries and systematic reviews of what’s worked in racial/ethnic health disparities interventions. It can be searched by health topic (for instance: asthma, diabetes) or by strategy (for instance: pay for performance, nurse-led interventions).
You can also join the program on Twitter by following @FndgAnswers and receive tips, tools, and updates on the latest developments in disparities research.
The program also offers a six-step framework to help people and organizations reduce disparities and improve health care quality.