New Rankings Show Healthiest & Least Healthy Counties in Texas

It is a well-known fact: where you live impacts your overall well-being. Environment greatly impacts health, education, employment, access to opportunity, and long-term success. Latinos often face inequities and disparities due to barriers created by their environments. Many have to live in low-income and high-poverty and high-crime neighborhoods with little access to healthy food and physical activity opportunities. A recent ranking has determined the healthiest and least healthy counties in the heavily Latino populated state of Texas (38.42% Latino population). In order to reduce health disparities, it is critical to address inequities in programs, practices, and policies. Join our site, connect with others, and get involved. According to newly released data ...

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How Can Businesses Impact the Obesity Problem?

Childhood obesity is a serious public health concern in the United States. About 12.7 million children and adolescents aged 2–19 years, or 17 percent of the population, have obesity. For minorities, the statistics are even more troubling. Nearly 40% of Latino children are overweight or obese (higher rates than both white and black children), placing a significant burden on the current and future state of Latino health. The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has recently released a discussion paper in which they analyze the role that local businesses can play in alleviating this the childhood obesity epidemic. Per the report (and in line with Salud America’s research) a lack of access to affordable, healthy foods, the absence of physical activity in schools and childcare ...

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Ranking America’s Most Obese Cities

There is no secret that the United States overall has an obesity problem. According to a new report from the financial website WalletHub, the cost for America’s fight with obesity costs nearly $316 billion per year in medical bills. More than a third of U.S. adults are obese (36.5%), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Obesity in children and adolescents between the ages 2 of 19 sits at 17%. For Latinos, the problem is at an epidemic level. Nearly 40% of Latino children are overweight or obese (higher rates than both white and black children), placing a significant burden on the current and future state of Latino health. According to WalletHub, more than 70 percent of Americans (age 15 and older) are overweight or obese. In order to reduce health ...

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WINNERS: The Surani Sisters and the Quest to Conquer Obesity

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Corpus Christi, Texas, had been called the fattest city in the nation. Zoya, Sara, and Saherish Surani wanted to do something about it. So the three sisters, with the help of their parents and others, created the iConquer program to get older students to teach younger students how to move more, eat right, and develop healthy habits to reduce obesity in Corpus Christi public schools. Now the Surani sisters won the Salud America! #SaludHeroes video contest! Watch their winning video or read the story how the sisters worked hard to develop, garner support for, fund, and sustain the iConquer program that brings a team of high school students to visit local elementary schools for about an hour once a week for four weeks to present a creative music video, animated videos, dance ...

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New List Cites the Healthiest & Unhealthiest Cities in the U.S.

For many Americans, where they live often dictates how healthy they are. For Latinos, where they live often creates inequities and disparities; residential segregation often leads to a lack of access to care, lack of educational attainment, and financial inequity. The financial site WalletHub examined the notion of healthy cities recently. Cities across the country promote overall health and wellbeing through numerous initiatives ranging from access to nutritious food to creating recreation and fitness facilities to preserving and promoting green spaces or keeping healthcare costs affordable. Still, many cities are unable to or have not yet made such large-scale changes as these. Without these areas being prioritized, good health can be difficult to maintain, especially for ...

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Some Latinos See Volunteer Health Workers as ‘Unwanted Salespeople’

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For many years, health programs have used volunteer community health workers called promotoras to deliver culturally sensitive health and wellness information to Latinos. But some Latinos may misunderstand what a promotora is all about. In fact, Mexican-born rural Latinas in rural Illinois communities were biased against promotoras because they perceived them as more like "unwanted salespeople" or "promoters" engaged in for-profit enterprises than legitimate volunteer health liaisons, according to a new study, columnist Esther J. Cepeda reports. The study, led by researchers including former Salud America! grantee Dr. Angela Wiley at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, found that Latinas' negative perceptions of promotoras kept them from engaging in the researchers' ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 2/21: Heart and Soul Food for Latinos

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Latinos have a good news/bad news "heart" relationship. Bad: Latinos face higher risks of heart disease than others. Good: Lifestyle changes—like eating the right foods—can reduce risk. Bad: Latinos face cultural, linguistic, and other barriers to making those changes. Good: Let’s use #SaludTues on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, to tweet in English and Spanish about the latest ways to use food, nutrition, and other strategies to help Latinos adopt healthier heart habits for American Heart Month in February: WHAT: #SaludTues Bilingual Tweetchat: “Heart and Soul Food for Latinos” TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT), Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludToday CO-HOSTS: Texas A&M Health Science Center (@TAMHSC), ...

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27,054 Say: Mark the Way to Fruits & Veggies!

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Families want healthy food choices where they shop. In fact, more than 27,000 people signed our Salud America! letter campaign to ask grocery stores to use labels, floor arrows, and other marketing strategies to promote fruit and veggie options for Latino families. “As a shopper, I know the marketing ploys used by groceries to entice me,” Myrna Mendez, resident of Bloomfield, Mich., wrote in her letter to grocers. “All we're asking for is to use those same marketing skills to promote fruits and vegetables for a healthier nation." We’ve delivered all 27,000 letters to the leadership of these grocery store associations: Alabama Grocers Association Arkansas Grocers and Retail Merchants Association Arizona Food Marketing Alliance California Grocers Association ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 2/7: Our Heart Loves Physical Activity

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Physical activity = positive heart health. Physical inactivity = negative heart health. These things are scientifically true, regardless of your weight status. So, to reduce heart disease among Latinos, we need to redefine the role of physical activity for lifelong health. Let's use #SaludTues on Feb. 7, 2017, to tweet about how daily physical activity—walking, dancing, biking, gardening, swimming, doing yoga—can benefit our hearts: WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Our Heart Loves Physical Activity” TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT), Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludToday CO-HOSTS: @AHA_Vida (Vida Saludable); @Voices4HK (Voices for Healthy Kids); and @americawalks (America Walks) OPTIONAL HASHTAGS: ...

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Vote: Best ‘Salud Heroes’ of Community Health

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Latinos face cultural and other barriers to healthy lifestyles. That’s why they suffer high rates of diabetes, obesity, certain cancers, and mental health issues. Community advocates are here to help! WATCH and VOTE for six new Salud America! #SaludHeroes of Community Health who work with Latino families and kids to push healthcare, stress relief, physical activity, water, and more. For voting, we’ll enter you into a drawing for a FREE T-shirt and jump rope! Gaby Medina: Water Promotora. Gaby pushes water over sugary drinks to Spanish-speaking Latino families, as part of a Colorado campaign. Baby Café: Breastfeeding Help. Diana Montano and others started a Baby Café with peer counselors to support breastfeeding moms in San Antonio. Felipe Pinzon: Aid for ...

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