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Rosalie Aguilar-Santos

Rosalie Aguilar Santos, MS, is Salud America!'s national project coordinator. She is passionate about nutrition, physical activity, and opportunities to engage communities in advocacy actions to promote Latino childhood health.

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 9/12: Healthy Minds and Latino Kids

Nearly 1 in 5 Latino adults suffers a mental health problem, such as depression, anxiety, and traumatic stress. But what's the state of mental health for Latino kids? Use #SaludTues on Sept. 12, 2017, to tweetchat with us as we explore the new Salud America! "Healthy Minds and Latino Kids" research review! The new research review, to be released during the chat, will cover the latest data on mental health and access to care among Latino youth. The review also features programs and policies that promote healthy minds in communities, schools, and homes for Latino kids. WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: Healthy Minds and Latino Kids TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. EST Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludAmerica CO-HOSTS: @APAEducation; ...

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Guidelines on Feeding Infants During the Month of Life

What do physicians recommend when it comes to feeding an infant?  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) children should be exclusively breastfed between the ages of 1-6 months. After the first months of life with the guidance of a physician, parents may begin to introduce solid foods but should continue to breastfeed for another 12 months. Below are some tips from the AAP for feeding infants: Establish a pattern of feeding for a full 4oz of milk, at a set amount of time; During the first month babies may indicate hunger by rooting or by placing a fist in their mouth; Babies should be fed 8-12 times throughout the day (every 2-3 hours); Babies should feed adequately within the first 15-20 minutes (otherwise they may not be latched on well). For more ...

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Salud America! Gets $1.5M to Develop Culturally Tailored Content to Fuel Healthy Changes that Reduce Latino Childhood Obesity

Salud America! The RWJF Research Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children has received a one-year, $1.5 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to develop culturally tailored educational content and tools that empower people to work for policy changes to help Latino children grow up healthy. Salud America!, established in 2007 and based at UT Health San Antonio, has a national online network of 100,000 parents, school and academic personnel, and community leaders who support its mission: “Promote a healthy weight for Latino children by communicating good health and driving people to start healthy changes in their schools and communities.” The new funding will allow Salud America! to expand its network and engage members with enhanced educational ...

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Camp Power Up! Seeking Campers for 2017

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is recruiting participants to its third annual week long summer program Camp Power Up! and they need your help in spreading the word! Starting on June 5th, 50 campers will have the chance to experience a week full of fun activities and opportunities to learn about health, nutrition, and leading a healthy lifestyle. Students will also enjoy activities such as soccer, volleyball, hiking and more. At Camp Power Up kids learn by doing! They’ll learn about reading food labels, portion control, and the importance of regular exercise. Best of all the program is free to students ages 10-14 with a healthcare provider’s referral. Camp Power Up! Details When: June 5 to June 9, 2017 Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Where: Westside Family YMCA, 2900 ...

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Report: 3 Ways to Enhances Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in Schools

In a 2015 report, Opportunity, Responsibility, and Security: A Consensus Plan For Reducing Poverty and Restoring The American Dream, published by AEI & the Brookings Institute, three policies that promote Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) are examined. According to the report, schools have not focused "sufficiently on the socioemotional factors that are crucial to learning." The report states that only three states—Illinois, Kansas and Pennsylvania—have adopted comprehensive SEL standards with age-appropriate benchmarks for their entire K–12 system. Three recommendations provided by the authors include: Resources for state and local education authorities to implement and scale evidence-based social-emotional learning practices and policies, provided by the federal ...

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What is Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) & How Can it Impact School Wellness?

According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to: understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. CASEL has developed a wheel that describes the SEL framework and how social and emotional learning can be integrated throughout classrooms, schools, homes and communities. According to CASEL, SEL can be integrated into instruction with reading, math, history, and other core subjects. Why is SEL important? Studies have shown that programs ...

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Keys to Success for Putting School Wellness Policies into Action

A number of factors can help make school wellness policies a success. To provide parents and educators with examples of what's worked in schools so far, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gathered a series of 11 stories from schools throughout the U.S. In their study of what works best the CDC found 7 commonalities among schools with successful school wellness policies including: A "wellness champion” (parent, teacher, administrator, or community member) who served as the driving force for developing and implementing the wellness policy; A wellness council to lead implementation efforts; Students who were involved in the design process through activities (i.e. students participated in taste tests); Parents were invited to help set wellness goals ...

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Local School Wellness Policies in 2017, Here’s What You Need to Know


In July 2016, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) finalized regulations that create guidelines for written wellness policies established by local educational agencies (LEAs). The final rule requires LEAs to develop revised local school wellness policies during School Year 2016-2017. Schools must be compliant with these requirements by June 30, 2017. To meet the minimum requirements set by the USDA's FNS, all schools participating in the National School Lunch program or School Breakfast program will have to ensure that they: Include goals for nutrition promotion and education, physical activity, and other school-based activities that promote students wellness. In developing these goals, local educational agencies must review and consider evidence-based strategies. Include ...

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Study: Latino Kids Who Face Discrimination Are More Likely to Suffer From Depression

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Latino youth who experience discrimination are are more likely to be depressed according to research published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence. The study which examined Latino youth between the ages of 13-17 who lived in the U.S. less than 5 years,  also concluded that these kids were less likely to display altruistic characteristics such as volunteering and helping out others. "For Latino adolescents and racial and ethnic minorities, this research demonstrates that discrimination poses an uncontrollable, additional set of challenges in addition to the challenges everyone experiences, whether financial, academic or interpersonal," said one of the study's co-authors, Gustavo Carlo. Read more about this ...

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