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#SaludTues Tweetchat 1p ET 08/09/16: “Ensuring Healthy Summer & School Meals”

By Lisa Ellis, Salud America!  Latino kids often face less access to salad bars and fresh fruit at school according to a recent CDC study. Also, schools that have a majority of kids that come from low socioeconomic status were far less likely (38.5%) to offer fresh salads at schools with middle (47.7%) or high (59.4%) socioeconomic status. Where kids live, play and go to school can impact the nutrition they need to lead healthy lives, full of energy and brain power. School policies that reduce access to unhealthy snacks and drinks are likely to reduce Latino students’ consumption of these items at school and positively impact student weight outcomes. And when kids spend most of their time at school and eat most of their calories at school, healthy food access is ...

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Three Ways to Celebrate Rio 2016 Olympics Like a Champ

Are you excited for the Olympics? In just a few hours the eyes of the world will be set on the city of Samba and Brazilian flavor. Here’s how you and your family can feel part of the action without leaving your backyard. Organize Relay Races With Friends and Family: Relay races are an excellent way to get the whole family involved. Put some obstacles along the way and don’t forget to reward the winning team with medals. Healthy Foods From Around the World: Celebrate the Olympics with healthy foods from around the world. Did you know that Brazil is home to top super foods such as Guarana (a natural stimulant that’s good for memory), Acai ( a berry used by athletes in smoothies, juices), and Maracuja? Dance Samba: Get on your feet and dance to the Afro-Latin ...

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More Latinos Are Now Connected to the Internet

More Latinos have access to the internet than a few years ago and the digital divide between Latinos and Whites “is now at its narrowest point since 2009,” according to results from a study by Pew Research Center. The study shows that internet access among Latinos increased from 64% to 84% between 2009 and 2015. ”In 2015, immigrant Latinos made up about half (52%) of all adult Latino internet users, up from 44% in 2009. And Spanish-dominant Latinos made up 32% of all Latino internet users in 2015, up from 20% in 2009. In both cases, these shares closely match each group’s share among the adult Latino population overall,” the study authors wrote. Other key findings include: • 80% of Latino adults access the internet from a mobile device • 46% of Latinos access ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 1p ET 8/2/16: “How Everyone can help Normalize Breastfeeding for Latinas and Latino Health”

By Amanda Merck, Salud America!  Many studies show that breastfeeding can positively impact a child’s physical and mental development and even reduce the risk of childhood obesity. Unfortunately, many Latina mothers barriers in access to breastfeeding support: participation in federal food assistance programs that offer free infant formula, pain/discomfort, embarrassment, employment, inconvenience, lack of maternal access to breastfeeding information, not being properly instructed on how to breastfeed by hospital staff, and other cultural, social, economic, political, and psychosocial factors. Breastfeeding mothers need to feel safe, supported and welcome to nurse or pump in all public spaces in order to meet their own personal breastfeeding goals. Let’s use #SaludTues on ...

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CDC Guidance Update: Any Kind of Sex Can Spread Zika

The latest Zika guidance update from the Centers for Disease Control  and Prevention (CDC) warns Latinos and U.S. residents that all kinds of sex can spread the Zika virus, TechTimes reports. According to the new update: “All other couples in which a partner (male or female) has been in an area with Zika can also reduce the risk of sexual transmission by using condoms or abstaining from sex. Sex includes vaginal, anal and oral sex, and may also include the sharing of sex toys." Health experts recommend pregnant women with sex partners (male or female) who live or have traveled to areas where Zika virus is active to abstain from sex or use protection. Univsion reports that more than 60% of U.S. adults know nothing about Zika, and less than 50% know that it can be sexually ...

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Pokémon Go y su efecto en la salud mental

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Lo más seguro es que ya estés enterado sobre la  aplicación que, en tan sólo unos días, tiene más usuarios que Twitter y otras aplicaciones populares. Estamos hablando de Pokémon Go, una aplicación de juegos de realidad aumentada basada en GPS que obliga a los jugadores a salir y explorar al aire libre con el fin de "atraparlos a todos” (criaturas de Pokémon). De acuerdo con expertos en salud mental, esta nueva aplicación del juego puede ayudar a las personas con depresión, obligándoles a salir de su casa y hacer actividad física e interactuar con otras personas y amigos. "Los desarrolladores de Pokémon Go no tenían la intención de crear una aplicación de juego de salud mental", el psicólogo John M. Grobol escribió para su sitio, PsychCentral "Pero lo han ...

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Brain Games Could Lower Alzheimer’s Risk

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Alzheimer’s Disease, a type of dementia that causes “problems with memory, thinking and behavior” affects more Latinos than Whites and other ethnic groups, but according to researchers playing brain games may delay the development of this disease and dementia in healthy adults, NBC Health reports. The findings presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference showed that brain games cut the risk of dementia by up to 48% among healthy adults. “The new findings would be quite promising if they hold up through peer review and publication in a scientific journal,” Dr. John King, an expert in social research at the National Institute of Aging told NBC Health. What are some popular brain games? The most popular brain games in the market that offer a free ...

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SaludTues Tweetchat 07/26/16: Latinos and Mental Health: What Everyone Should Know

There are many myths and misconceptions when it comes to mental health. Join us for our #SaludTues Tweetchat as we discuss what issues and resources for mental health currently impact, affect, and are available for Latinos. Let’s use #SaludTues to tweet ideas and solutions: WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Latinos and Mental Health: What Everyone Should Know” DATE: Tuesday, July 26th 2016 TIME: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT) WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludToday CO-HOSTS: Cheryl Aguilar (@cheryl_aguilar), The National Alliance on Mental Illness  (@NAMICommunicate) & Mental Health America (@MentalHealthAm). Be sure to use the hashtag #SaludTues to follow the conversation on Twitter and share your strategies, stories, and resources ...

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What High School Grads Need to Do Before Leaving for College

By Eric Moreno, Research Area Specialist Salud America!  The U.S. Department of Education has compiled a checklist of 7 things every high school graduate needs to do before leaving for their first semester of college. Make sure your school has your financial aid ready. Many students fill out an application for financial aid. Early and/or mid-summer is an opportune time to check with the financial aid office to make sure all your paperwork is complete. It is also important to make sure that you have enough money to cover any gaps between the cost for school and your financial aid award. Find a part-time job. If this is something you’d be interested in, it would be a good idea to start checking out opportunities in the area of campus before classes start. Working during school ...

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