Infographics: Why Your Town Need a Farmers Market


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Does your town have a farmers market? If not, you might miss out on healthy fresh produce. Farmers may fail to engage in the local economy. To celebrate the Farmers Market Coalition's National Farmers Market Week on Aug. 5-11, 2018, we at Salud America! are showcasing the benefits of farmers markets as a way to increase access to fruits and vegetables among Latino and all populations! Farmers Markets Can Help Latinos Latinos frequently live in food swamps. In these swamps, Latinos have no easy access to supermarkets and farmers’ markets, while abundant access to fast food and corner stores. This results in overconsumption of unhealthy foods, according to a Salud America! research review. The number of U.S. farmers’ markets has more than doubled. But many of these markets ...

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New Research: Strategies to Reduce Sugary Drink Consumption in Kids



Want to help help Latino and all kids achieve good health? Check out new research that identifies several key ways to reduce sugary drink consumption among children ages 0-5. The research, published in July 2018 in the journal Obesity Reviews by Healthy Eating Research, analyzed 27 studies that assessed an intervention to decrease sugary drink consumption is high-income countries. "Overall, evidence suggests that interventions successful at reducing SSB consumption among 0- to 5-year-olds often focused on vulnerable populations, were conducted in preschool/daycare settings, specifically targeted only SSBs or only oral hygiene, included multiple intervention strategies, and had higher intervention intensity/contact time," according to the research. Strategy Suggestions From The ...

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Resources to Inject Health into Transportation Projects and Policies



Our roads and walkways could be our path to good health and wellbeing. But cities are stuck in a rut of prioritizing cars over people. Thankfully, over the past decade, many organizations are contributing to the growing body of health and safety research and advocacy to influence transportation projects and policies. Knowing the Impact In 2012, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a research brief and infographic on how transportation affects health. “Health costs associated with traffic crashes, air pollution, and physical inactivity add up to hundreds of billions of dollars each year, but health is typically not considered in transportation policy and planning,” the 2012 Health Policy Snapshot Issue Brief states. Changing the Speed Limit In 2011, the AAA ...

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Study: Exito! Builds a Pipeline of Latino Doctors, Cancer Researchers



Latinos are less likely than other population groups to seek doctoral degrees and study cancer. Fortunately, a new study from UT Health San Antonio showcases the success of the Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program in motivating Latinos to earn doctoral degrees and pursue careers in cancer research. The study, published in the Journal of Cancer Education, examined the methods and results of the Éxito! program. Éxito!, led by Salud America! director Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez of UT Health San Antonio and funded by the National Cancer Institute, recruits 25 Latino students and health professionals annually for a culturally tailored curriculum to promote pursuit of a doctoral degree and cancer research career. The program also offers internships and ongoing ...

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Report: Kentucky 1st U.S. State to Require Hepatitis C Testing for Pregnant Women


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Kentucky is now the nation's first state to require pregnant women to get tested for the hepatitis C virus, which can easily spread from mother to child and can cause liver problems, WDRB.com reports. The new law is a respond to the rampant rise of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in Kentucky and across the country, especially among Latinos. Health experts support the new law, effective July 2018. It costs money to do the testing—about $240 to $310 per test—but that's little compared to the $800,000 cost of a liver transplant, Dr. Claudia Espinosa, a pediatrician at University of Louisville, told the courier-journal.com. "If we can save one person from liver transplant and cirrhosis, it will save a lot of money, and prevent a lot of suffering," Espinosa said. HCV Rates Are ...

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Why Your City Needs a Board of Health (and You on It)



Only 1 in 2 big U.S. localities—500,000 or more people—have a local board of health, compared to over eight in ten small localities—less than 50,000 people. That means half our big cities miss out on public input on important health decisions. Half our big cities do not connect their local health departments to the community they serve or other public officials. Here are some benefits of having a local board of health for your city-and for you. What a Local Board of Health Does A local board of health provides community oversight and guidance for local health departments. They help set public health priorities for communities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the top ten responsibilities of local boards of health are: Review public health ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 8/7/18: Working Together to Build a Culture of Health


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Latinos and other communities of color many big barriers to good health. They face poverty and lack access to healthy food, safe places to play, social services, and quality early care and education. That results in high rates of obesity and disease and poor academic and life outcomes. But there is hope for change. Communities across the nation are working to build this culture of health, where everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. Let’s use #SaludTues on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, to tweet about innovative ways for communities, schools, businesses, and groups can team up to promote a culture of health for Latinos and all people! WHAT: #SaludTues Bilingual Tweetchat─Working Together to Build a Culture of Health TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. ET ...

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Award Finalist: Dr. Amelie Ramirez’s Latino Cancer Research Training Program


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Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training has been named a finalist for Excelencia in Education's "Examples of Excelencia" that spotlight evidence-based practices that support Latino students in higher education. Éxito! and 20 other finalists were chosen from 139 applications. Winning "Examples of Excelencia" in four categories—associate, baccalaureate, graduate, and community-based organizations—will be announced at Excelencia in Education's annual Celebración de Excelencia on Oct. 11, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Excelencia in Education is a national group that promotes Latinos in higher education. Éxito!, led by Salud America! director Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez of UT Health San Antonio, recruits 25 Latino students and health professionals annually for a culturally ...

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Update: Philly Soda Tax Here to Stay—A Big Win for Latino Kids & Families



Did you know Latino kids consume more sugary drinks than the average kid? Finally, there's some good news for Latino and all kids and families in Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court voted to uphold the city's sweetened beverage tax in July 2018. The tax is the first of its kind in a big city. It aims to reduce sugary drink consumption and raise funds for health and education. “Today’s Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of Philadelphia’s sweetened beverage tax is a major victory for the city’s children and families," wrote Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, in a statement. The Philly Sweetened Beverage Tax Sugary drinks—soda, sports and energy drinks, sugary fruit juices, and flavored milk—contribute to the ...

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