Cut Sodium From Kids’ Diets in 8 Simple Ways



Sodium is found in many processed food products, like cheese, lunch meats, and even in some foods we don't expect, like frozen lunches, canned beans or salted nuts. Many times when packing a lunch for our kids we tend to forget daily recommendations for our kid's sugar and sodium intake, but the American Heart Association has a list of dietary recommendations to follow to help keep sugars and sodium foods to a minimum. Also, Wral.com has suggested 8 simple ways to keep daily sodium intake low. Model healthy eating to your kids. Consider the school lunches menu and see how healthy it can be! Go online before dining out at night to research nutritious information on popular dishes that can help you stay in check of high sugar, sodium or calorie amounts. Pack school ...

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Local RDN’s Promote Nutrition Through Popular Magazine



Many people have a favorite magazine that they enjoy reading, whether it is the latest celebrity news, world affairs, or sports stories; but what if there was a magazine that also offered nutritional advice, supplied healthy recipes, and disseminated the latest health information all in a way you could understand? That’s exactly what registered dietitians and a local magazine in Phoenix, Ariz., joined forces to do to reach their community. EMERGENCE Awareness: In summer 2014, Maria Silva worked as a registered dietitian within St. Vincent de Paul’s Family Wellness Program in Phoenix. The Family Wellness Program, begun in 1999, aims to boost the health of local Latino families, from a provision of medical and dental care to healthy lifestyle services for healthy eating, making ...

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Local Nurse Provides Healthy School Snack Workshops



Registered nurse Derek Dimas learned kids need to eat healthier to help decrease the high rates of obesity in his hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas (50.7 % Latino). By starting a program to help kids see fruits and vegetables as delicious works of art, students in schools across the city are having fun learning how to create and enjoy healthier snacks. EMERGENCE Awareness: In spring 2014, Derek Dimas, a nursing student at the time, was certain he wanted to make a huge impact on the overall health of his community of Corpus Christi in Nueces County. While taking an epidemiology class, Dimas reviewed data and learned that the city had record-high levels of obesity, hypertension, and heart disease. About 42% of local Latinos and blacks are overweight or obese, he said. “For some ...

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Future Generations Learn Healthy Eating Through Teaching Kitchens



In the San Antonio, Texas area (69% Latino) families, health care leaders like Dr. Mark Gilger, and philanthropy groups like the Goldsbury Foundation are exploring what healthy and culturally fun Latino meals look like with the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio’s new Culinary Health Education for Families (CHEF) program. Aiming to be a new culinary health model for families needing help in preventing diet-related disease such as childhood diabetes, hypertension, and obesity, the goal of the program is to provide San Antonio residents with tools, resources, and education to lead healthier lives and encourage healthy weights for children. EMERGENCE Awareness/Learn:  Dr. Mark Gilger, pediatrician-in-chief at the Children’s Hospital in San Antonio, has seen first-hand a local and ...

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Good Food Is What The Doctor Prescribed



You may have heard the saying: “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but what if your doctor actually prescribed fruits and vegetables for what ails you? In Forest Grove, Ore. (23.1% Latino) a health clinic and farmers market teamed up to help prevent obesity and fight disease by providing patients with prescriptions for healthy foods. Fruits and vegetables are what the doctor ordered, as Forest Grove Latino families visit their local healthcare providers to eat their way to healthier futures. EMERGENCE Awareness: Kaely Summers, nutrition, and market access coordinator of Adelante Mujeres, a nonprofit that organizes a farmers’ market in Forest Grove, Ore. (23.1%), was well aware of the dietary health issues faced by community residents. U.S. Latinos tend to have less ...

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High School Teen Cooks up a Healthy Camp Course



California teen Elena Dennis wanted to help kids have healthy diets, and what better way than to encourage them to learn how to make fresh foods? Dennis, while a high school senior, cooked up an idea for a camp that helps kids discover the fun of learning how to cook, and how to prepare and eat healthy foods from scratch. Bringing kids awareness of healthy foods, she also took the camp on local field trips to farms and farmers’ markets. EMERGENCE Awareness: At the young age of 12, Elena Dennis of Novato, Calif. (23.1 % Latino), started developing a passion for cooking thanks to her father’s home-cooked meals and her attendance at Operation C.H.E.F., a nutrition-based cooking summer camp for kids and teens. “I’ve always been a believer in home-cooked meals, and my Dad taught ...

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Teen Sisters Help Kids Conquer Obesity in Corpus Christi, Texas



How can one family have an impact on reducing obesity in their school and beyond?  Just look at the Surani sisters of Corpus Christi, Texas. After learning that their city had been named the fattest in the nation and how obesity is a huge health threat among children, the three girls wanted to take action. They, with the help of their parents and others, created several programs to improve children’s health, including the iConquer program to help kids beat obesity by achieving healthy lifestyles starting from the early ages of 3 to 6 years old. EMERGENCE Awareness: Fifteen-year-old Zoya Surani, along with sisters Sara (19) and Saherish (16), grew up in a household where healthy choices were commonplace. Their father, a pulmonologist, and mother, a respiratory therapist, always made ...

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Middle Schoolers Develop Health Program for Elementary Students



In 2010, the predominantly Latino city of Corpus Christi, Texas, was labeled the “fattest city in the nation” by Men’s Health magazine. A group of local middle school students were not happy about this designation and wanted to do something about it. After speaking to friends and teachers, the students reached out to influential community members to develop interest and support for a health program for elementary students called “Mission FitPossible.” Three years later, the students were high school students and they would wake up an hour early to bring Mission FitPossible to nearby elementary students. EMERGENCE Awareness: Corpus Christi, Texas (59.7% Latino), was labeled the “fattest city in the nation” in 2010. Sarita Damaraju and Doug Hagemeister, who were seventh ...

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College Students Help Latinos in Fight against Diabetes



According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 50% of all post-Millennial youths will be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes during their lifetime. Latinos are the group that is likely to be the most susceptible to the disease. Two nursing school students from Arizona State University (ASU), Tatianna Alvarado and Jamie Karch have taken on roles in a community-based diabetes prevention program aimed at Latino youths called “Every Little Step Counts.” “Many of my family members have diabetes and my mother is a type 2 diabetic,” Alvarado said. “The last year of high school I took care of her. I’d interact with her, told her what diabetes was … but there was only so much I could do as a daughter.” The program is funded by a $1.2 grant from the ...

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Kids Get Healthy Eating Lessons at Farmers Markets in Oregon



When parents bring kids to farmers markets, it’s a great opportunity to learn about new food and healthy options, but that educational opportunity often goes unrealized. A group of managers of farmers markets in Oregon teamed up to create a club to teach Latino kids and other kids who come to the market about farming, fresh produce and healthy eating. Now kids ages 5-12 who visit local Farmers Markets, like Forest Grove Farmers Market in Ore., (23.1% Latino) are engaged in the Market Sprouts Kid Club, where they participate in fun, interactive activities alongside farmers and volunteers that teach about healthier foods and healthier choices. EMERGENCE Awareness: Officials with Adelante Mujeres, a non-profit organization in Forest Grove, Ore., which focuses on Latinos, have been ...

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