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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health Policy Fellows program is seeking candidates for six fellowships at the nexus of health science, policy and politics in Washington, D.C.
The fellowships, each for up to $165,000, are outstanding opportunities for exceptional mid-career health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health and health care policy promoting the health of the nation.
Fellows participate in the policy process at the federal level and use that leadership experience to improve health, health care and health policy.
The proposal deadline is Nov. 13, 2013.
See more information here.
The obesity epidemic poses a growing burden across the U.S., and low-income Latinos lacking insurance coverage are especially hard hit by the cost and disabilities from obesity-related type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Latino communities are fighting back by improving opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity.
The second Web Forum in the series Weight of the Latino Nation, set for 1 p.m. CST Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, will highlight the latest research on the obesity epidemic and the factors impacting Latino communities.
Presenters include Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director of Salud America! and the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday. Salud America! recently released several research packages focused on topics around Latino childhood obesity, including healthier marketing and better food in the neighborhood.
Andre Quintero, mayor of El Monte, Calif., which is trying to institute a penny-per-ounce-sold tax on soda, is another speaker.
Presenters will discuss challenges to addressing the epidemic, and the program and policy actions being undertaken—or still needed—to tackle it.
…city officials cut obesity rates from 35% to 29%? (Pg 1)
…Latino families go “a day without sugar”? (Pg 3)
…Bodegas add healthier foods? (Pg 5)
Find the answers and more in the new Salud America! E-Newsletter.
Salud America! The RWJF Research Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The program aims to unite and increase the number of Latino stakeholders engaged in community change and research on environmental and policy solutions to the epidemic.
The network is directed by the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.
For more info, go here.
Much of this kid-focused advertising is for unhealthy foods, studies show.
But additional industry self-regulation and governmental regulation—stimulated by community awareness and action—can help limit the marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages to Latino kids, 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.
Download the new Salud America! “Healthier Marketing & Latino Kids” research materials, which include a research review of the latest science, an original animated video, and an infographic.
Latino kids have higher overall levels of media exposure in a typical day (13 hours) than do their White counterparts (8.36 hours).
Studies have shown that Spanish-language TV and outdoor billboards disproportionately expose Latino kids to unhealthy food messages.
Industry self-regulation of marketing to kids is mixed.
“Evidence suggests that policymakers and the public should recognize marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages to youths as a public health problem in need of policy solutions,” 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. Salud America! is a national network of stakeholders seeking environmental and policy solutions to Latino obesity.
She said one study found ways local communities can improve food marketing practices:
- menu labeling;
- prohibiting food sales in non-food retailers;
- prohibiting the sale and advertising of unhealthy foods on campus; and
- creating vending contracts that limit the sale and marketing of unhealthy food and drinks in parks or other active spaces.
“States and municipalities also could conduct public hearings at the state and local levels to raise awareness and initiate community action to reduce community-based exposure of unhealthy product campaigns that specifically target Latino youths,” Ramirez said.
The new research package is the fifth of six new research material packages by Salud America!, each of which focused on a specific topic on Latino childhood obesity.
Download all the packages at www.salud-america.org.
Check out this cool new animated video on why its critical to reduce unhealthy food and beverage marketing to Latino kids.
The video, which is part of a new Salud America! “Healthier Marketing and Latino Kids” package of research, which also contains a research review, issue brief and infographic, can be found here.
Research suggests that food marketers increasingly target Latino kids because of their increasing population size, media exposure and spending power.
But additional industry self-regulation and governmental regulation—stimulated by community awareness and action—can help limit the marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages to Latino kids.
Check out this cool infographic on the need to reduce unhealthy food marketing to Latino kids.
The infographic, which is part of a new Salud America! “Healthier Marketing and Latino Kids” package of research, which also contains a research review, issue brief and animated video, can be found 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.
Boys and young men of color are more likely to grow up in poverty, live in unsafe neighborhoods, and attend schools that lack the basic resources and supports that kids need in order to thrive.
About 44% of Latino males and 46% of African American males do not have a high school diploma, and Latino youth are two times more likely and African-American youth are five times more likely to be involved with the juvenile justice system than their white counterparts.
That’s why the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is investing in successful models that can be strengthened and spread to help even more youths.
RWJF recently announced grants of approximately $500,000 each to 10 organizations through Forward Promise, its $9.5 million initiative to improve the health and success of boys and young men of color. Grantees were selected for their innovative, community-based programs that strengthen health, education, and employment outcomes for middle school and high school-aged boys and young men.
Organizations Funded organizations each will receive 30-month grants to advance work in one or more of the following areas to improve outcomes for African-American, Latino, Asian-Pacific Islander, and/or Native American young men:
- school discipline approaches that do not push students out of school;
- dropout prevention and increasing middle school retention and high school graduation rates;
- mental health solutions tailored to young men who have been exposed to violence and trauma; and
- career-training programs that address both education and employment.
Two of the 10 grantees work with Latino males (and also are multicultural). These include:
Alternatives Inc. in Chicago
The Safe Schools Consortium is a unique collaborative aimed at scaling up school discipline approaches that address behavioral problems. The initiative focuses on teacher practice and collaborative teacher leadership to expand best practices to school staff, including security and discipline officers. In just one year, citywide restorative justice trainings resulted in more than 2,000 suspension days avoided, and 94% of Alternatives-trained teachers reported that they incorporated restorative practices into their classroom.
Community Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment in South Los Angeles
Community Coalition fosters youth leadership, parent engagement, and academic achievement. It works to help transform the social and economic conditions in South LA that contribute to addiction, crime, violence, and poverty by engaging thousands of residents in creating, influencing, and changing public policy. This project seeks to replicate at Dorsey High a set of interventions that have been effective at helping students of color succeed in Fremont schools, including: comprehensive mental wellness programming; a career academy, and; a dropout prevention program. In 2012, Fremont High graduated 750 students, a 65% increase from 2011, and suspensions decreased by more than 55%.
Read more about the grants here.
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.