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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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Resources for Faith Based Organizations to Promote Health Equity

The Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) works with faith based organizations for the common goal of promoting health and eliminating health disparities. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) health disparities exist when preventable differences in the burden of disease are experienced by socially disadvantaged populations. Access resources from the CDC and OMHHE for reducing health disparities ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 9/6/16: How Faith Based Organizations Can Impact Latino Health

Faith is a big part of Latino culture. But what can churches and faith-based groups do to help improve health? With more than 90% of Latinos affiliated with a faith-based group, these places can serve as ample grounds for promoting healthy lifestyles, connecting congregants to social services, sharing recreational facilities, and more. How can you help faith communities be healthy? Join us for a #SaludTues chat this Tuesday to learn more about the great work happening at faith-based groups, and share your own ideas for creating a culture of health! WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “How Faith Based Organizations Can Impact Latino Health” TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT), Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludToday CO-HOSTS: ...

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Study: Health and Wellness Programming in Faith-Based Organizations

More than 90 percent of Latinos are members of faith-based organizations. Many or these organizations such as churches and other faith institutions serve as a focal point for social networking and may therefore serve as an ideal setting for introducing wellness initiatives to Latino children and their families. The preliminary results of this San Antonio, TX based study--Building a Healthy Temple--highlight the need for obesity prevention among Latino children and reveal the strong potential of faith-based communities to serve as centers that promote a healthy weight and an overall healthy lifestyle. Share this resource on social media! Faith based initiative shows promise in promoting health for Latinos ...

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Webinar: Salud America! Free Tools for Healthy Change

On Tuesday July 19, 2016 Community Commons featured Salud America! (SA!) in a webinar that explains how free membership with the SA! website can benefit you! The website provides free tools and stories aimed at creating healthy environments on a daily basis and also gives members the opportunity to: Browse content by one of each six topic areas Search for news updates, research, toolkits, maps, and more! Watch videos and read stories of inspiring role models who are positively impacting the health of Latinos in their community. In order to take full advantage to Salud America! and Community Commons visit the registration page and login in. Salud America! is your source and network for action on Latino childhood obesity prevention. Find more content on how to create ...

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Report: Nearly 1/2 of Latino Kids in Texas are Overweight or Obese

Latino children are disproportionately affected by high rates of obesity. In the U.S. today, nearly 40% of Latino kids (ages 2-19 years) are overweight or obese. Among 2-5 year olds, nearly 30% of Latino kids compared to only 21% of non-Hispanic white children are obese. According to a 2011 report from the Children's Hospital Association of Texas (CHAT), nearly 1/2 of all Latino children in Texas are overweight obese. To learn more about childhood obesity  in Texas read the full report ...

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Breaking: City Council Meets to Discuss Urban Agriculture Plan for Las Cruces, NM

In Las Cruces, NM city council members will meet today, May 23, 2016, to discuss plans for expanding the local agriculture and food environment, through a comprehensive Urban Agriculture and Food Policy plan, developed by local non-profit La Semilla Food Center. Exactly what is urban agriculture (UA)? The idea is to inform leaders about the many forms, benefits and opportunities that UA has to offer the local community. UA is the practice of cultivating, processing, and distributing food in and around towns and cities. Through UA communities are no longer held to the idea that local growing is just for farmers or rural communities, but in reality schools, churches, local businesses, housing authorities, residents and virtually anyone with a desire to grow and produce their ...

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ADA’s Camp Power Up! Brings Healthy Choices & Summer Fun to San Antonio Tweens!

It's that time of year again! Summer is nearly hear and we're excited to share this wonderful opportunity for San Antonio youth to get involved in the American Diabetes Association's (ADA) Camp Power Up! This year's 2016 Camp Power Up will take place June 6-10 at San Antonio's Westside YMCA! Camp Power Up! is a FREE healthy lifestyle/diabetes prevention program (est. value $700) open to students ages 10-14 yrs, with a physician's referral. During the week long event, 50 campers and their families will get to enjoy: health/nutrition education; indoor and outdoor fun activities; field trips; parent health education sessions; and a family celebration night Lunch and snacks will be provided, as well as health information and prizes. If you know of a physician who ...

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Webinar: The Latest Findings from the Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost-Effectiveness Study (CHOICES)

On December 9, 2015 the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) will host a Connect & Explore Webinar on the latest findings from the Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost-Effectiveness Study (CHOICES) project, a collaborative modeling effort to provide estimates of the effectiveness, costs, and reach of interventions to reduce childhood obesity in the United States. The webinar is an opportunity to learn more about the latest findings and to hear directly from Dr. Steven Gortmaker, lead investigator of the CHOICES project. Visit the following link to register for this webinar:  http://ow.ly/Uzuzn Learn more about the CHOICES project at the following ...

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This Week Join AHA’s ‘My Glass is Why’ Social Media Campaign!

It's week 2 of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month! Join Salud America! and the American Heart Association (AHA) in raising awareness among your own friends and family! People all throughout the country like YOU have already started to spread the word on social media about ways to help create healthy environments. Because Latino children are especially at risk for becoming overweight or obese it's our aim to reverse the trend. One way of getting involved is by being a part of the AHA's month long Life is Why Family Health Challenge™ campaign. This week's topic (09/07-09/13) My Glass is Why  is focused on helping individuals reduce sugary beverage consumption. So share the videos below on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. with your own network to help ...

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