Fitbit Champs: What More Steps Means for Diabetes, Obesity

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How many steps do you get each day? Does your step number relate to you risk of diabetes, obesity, and heart disease? In the only six states where people take 8,500+ steps a day, people also have lower heart disease and diabetes risk than the U.S. average, according to Fitbit data. On the flip side, in the only six states where people take fewer than 7,800 steps a day, people also had higher lower heart disease and diabetes risk than the U.S. average. These correlations might not be shocking. “Obviously, the more exercise you do, the better it is for your heart health,” said Dr. Nieca Goldberg, of the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health at NYU Langone Medical Center, told The Washington Post. But it's not clear exactly how many steps are needed, and whether ...

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What is the Fittest City in America?

Where you live has an undeniable impact on your overall health. Lack of access to spaces for physical activity, healthy food choices, and health care options often plague those that live in low-income neighborhoods. This includes many Latino families. This confluence of conditions often lead to residents becoming overweight and/or obese and suffering from diabetes, respiratory illnesses, and heart disease. In recent years, cities – often finding governments working with residents – have begun exploring ways to make cities healthier. This has included improving access to repairing sidewalks, adopting shared use agreements, and creating physical activity opportunities in public spaces. All of these efforts have not gone unnoticed. The fitness tracking application, Fit Bit, has ...

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Healthy Summer Meals For Kids Only A Text Away

Free and reduced-price school meals help make sure that over 21 million kids get at least two meals a day, but what happens during the summer? That’s where the No Kid Hungry program can help. They created a resource where families can text ‘FOOD’ (for English responses) or ‘COMIDA’ (for Spanish responses) to 877-877 and receive locations providing summer meals nearest the zip code entered. Without programs like these, 6 out of 7 kids who are able to get free and reduced-price lunches during the school year might not have access to nutritious meals in the summer. Of those enrolled in nutrition programs at school, Latino children make up 32% of kids receiving free lunches and 29.7% of kids receiving reduced lunches. For more information, go to or text ...

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Healthcare Costs Level Out; Still Outpace Wages & Inflation

Despite significant gains made under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Latinos still remain the largest uninsured population in the country. A lack of access to health care has been one of the most persistent causes of health inequity for many Latino families. One of the main barriers to access is often the cost associated with health insurance. A new report has determined that the costs for healthcare may have leveled off, but that is not necessarily a positive. According to a report from PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Research Institute (HRI), a “new normal” for medical costs has been determined. The HRI expects the medical cost growth to be 6.5% from where it is this year for 2018. “Even with net growth rate expected to hold at 5.5% for next year, [due to likely changes in ...

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The Wage Gap for Latino Millennials is Growing

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Latinos are the youngest major racial or ethnic group in the United States. About 1 in 3 of the nation's Latinos are younger than 18, and nearly 6 in 10 Latinos are either millennial (ages 18-33) or younger, Pew research shows. But, as Latinos and all millennials become a larger portion of the U.S. workforce, the reality of the "millennial wage gap" is growing, Fortune reports. The average wage for millennials is the highest, $40,046 a year, in Washington, D.C. (10.16% Latino population). The lowest by far, $16,999, is in Mississippi (2.9% Latino). The national average is $40,356 for workers ages 35-65. "Millennials may act as if they’re entitled to ultrahigh salaries, but in most parts of the U.S. they still don’t earn them," Fortune reports. How Much Do Latino ...

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Study: Latino Kids Less Likely to Get CPR from Parents, Bystanders

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Latino and black children are less likely to get CPR with breaths, which lowers their survival chances, according to a new study, American Heart Association News reports. Study leaders examined records of 3,900 kids who had cardiac arrest at home or in public. A little more than half had not received CPR from parents or bystanders. Bystanders administered CPR 56% of the time for white kids, but only 43% for Latino kids and 39% for black kids. Minority kids were more likely to get just compression-only CPR than conventional CPR (with breaths). Study authors say the results make it "critical that health care professionals step up their CPR education efforts in Hispanic and African-American neighborhoods." "While a lot of the public health efforts have focused on Hands-Only ...

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Wage Gap for Millennial Latinos is Growing

Latinos are the youngest major racial or ethnic group in the United States. According to 2014 Pew Research study, about over 17.9 million of the nation’s Latino population is younger than 18. Nearly 25% all Latinos are Millennials (ages 18-33 in 2014). Overall, nearly six-in-ten Latinos are Millennials or younger. As Millennials become a larger portion of the American workforce the reality of the wage gap becomes clearly apparent. The differences between the average wage for Millennials across the United States is staggering. In Washington, DC (10.16% Latino population), the average wage for Millennials is by far the highest at $40,046 annually. The lowest by far is Mississippi (2.9% Latino population). According to Fortune, North Dakota (which is the second-highest average for ...

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Report Details Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Chicago

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Across the country, Latinos suffer vast differences in health conditions than whites. These health disparities manifest themselves in several ways. These inequities are rooted in social disadvantage and affect educational attainment, income and personal wealth, housing, and mental and physical health. Chicago (29.09% Latino population), the third largest city in the U.S., has an unfortunately long history with racial inequities. A new report by the University of Illinois at Chicago sheds light on the current state of these inequities. The report, entitled “A Tale of Three Cities: The State of Racial Justice in Chicago,” tells about the “divergent conditions” of blacks, Latinos, and whites in terms of housing, economics, education, justice, and health. “On virtually ...

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Walking Toward Equity

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By Emilie Bahr America Walks The car was once seen in this country as the ultimate vehicle of freedom. It was a symbol of unfettered access and mobility that could take an occupant wherever he or she wanted to go in a manner that was glamorous, convenient and fast. Yet roughly 100 years after our automotive experiment began, the thing that was once an expression of status and a tool in attaining the American Dream is losing some of its luster—while walkable communities are experiencing a comeback. This subtle yet meaningful paradigm shift is taking shape in a context in which the unintended effects of our car dependency have become undeniable. These include soaring rates of obesity and chronic disease; communities isolated from access to such essential needs as jobs, ...

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NRPA/Disney Play Spaces Grant Application

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Thanks to a grant from Disney, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is expanding the Meet Me at the Park program and providing additional communities with increased access to play spaces in local parks.  Meet Me at the Park brings the magic of parks and recreation to children and families across the United States. Applicants must: Be a local or state government park and recreation agency, (e.g., municipal park and recreation department, tribal recreation department, park district, etc.) Provide opportunities for community engagement and volunteerism in association with the project. Promote the project locally through its own communication channels and on social media. Administer surveys and collect data from at least 25 people at the project site once ...

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