Apply Now: Latino Cancer Research Training and Internships

Participants gather for a group photo at a past Exito Summer Institute.

Apply now for the 2017 Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program and optional $3,250 internships at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. Éxito! (English: Success!) recruits trainees annually for a culturally tailored curriculum to promote pursuit of a doctoral degree and cancer research career. This year, program leaders will select 25 master’s level students and professionals from across the country to take part in a five-day summer institute June 5-9, 2017, in San Antonio to provide resources needed to take the next step in their education and apply for doctoral programs. The summer institute also brings Latino researchers and mentors to teach participants about cancer prevention, research, and ...

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Bilingual Schools Are Helping Latino Students Succeed

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Across the country, dual language schools and academies are becoming a popular choice or both students and their parents. This is especially true for the growing English-learning population. By putting a high value on bilingualism at schools, the ultimate goal is for the bilingual communities in which they reside to put a high value on them, the Syracuse Post-Standard reports. In New York (18.17% Latino population), the New York State Education Department requires districts to offer bilingual programs if they have 20 or more students in any grade who share a language other than English. At Delaware Primary School in Syracuse, New York (8.04% Latino population), two “50/50” classes of bilingual programming are offered at each level. The approach gives classes made up of half ...

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Laredo ISD Cooks Up a Healthy Challenge With Nickelodeon TV Star

A new "Lean & Green" movement is helping schools all around the nation incorporate vegetarian meals and more vegetables into school lunches. Creating an event similar to the popular television show top chef, Laredo independent school district (98.9% Latino) is holding its own top chef event through the support of The Humane Society of the United States, Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016. Daniella Monet, an actress best known for her role in Nickelodeon's Victorious as Trina Vega, will help get kids excited about healthier meat-free school meals by kicking off Laredo School District's "Lean & Green Days" Meal Program. Monet is a longtime vegetarian and supports the efforts of Lean & Green and The Humane Society of the United States. The 27-year-old actress, singer, ...

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How California is Pushing for More Latino Doctors

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What happens in a state where half of people are Latino, but only 5% of doctors are? It means not enough doctors with the cultural competency and understanding of the Latino community to adequately serve them—like in California right now. That is why the Latino Physicians of California professional group and others are urging increased representation of Latinos in the medical field, according to California Healthline. Complicating matters is that, in California: Latinos represent only 8% of nurses; Latino represent only 4% of pharmacists; More than one-third of current doctors are expected to retire within 10 years; and Latinos make up a small percentage of graduating medical students. “If we are going to properly serve our current and future patient base, we ...

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New Zealand Doctors Want To End Sales of Sugary Drinks

Since the recent announcement from the World Health Organization (WHO) that all countries should implement a 20 percent soda tax to help reduce worldwide health risks linked to sugary drink consumption, many countries and health advocate groups have started talking about various new sugary drink reduction policy initiatives. Now a group of Doctors, researchers, and public health advocates have joined together with the goal of eliminating sugary drinks from New Zealand by 2025. The group, FIZZ, which stands for "Fighting Sugar in Softdrinks", states on their website their justification in ending sales of sodas is due to the tide of evidence that implicates consumption of sugary drinks with common health risks like type-2 diabetes, rotten teeth gout, and cardiovascular ...

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Owatonna Public Schools Celebrate Farm-to-School Month with Healthy Lunch Options

Owatonna Public Schools in Steele County Minnesota (7.5% Latino) are celebrating National Farm to School month this October by continuing to implement healthy changes in school lunches. Since 2014 the district has been working with local vendors as much as possible, after receiving $100,000 in grants from Blue Cross Blue Sheild of Minnesota and the US Department of Agriculture the school district has incorporated more fresh turkey meat, and fruits and vegetables from local farmers. Food hubs have also helped bring the school to work with local food vendors who deliver fresh fruits and vegetables to the hubs and then are delivered to the schools. Even options like pizza or hamburgers only available in the High Schools are made with local dough, low-fat cheese, meats without fillers, ...

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Tips On Healthy Eating During National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

The PEW Charitable Trusts is encouraging parents to eat with their kids during September and bring awareness to healthy eating during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Here are some tips to help students know their parents, grandparents or family members support them in healthy eating. Make a date! Enjoy lunch with your child to see exactly what is offered in school meals and show support to school staff and students who are making healthy meal choices. This can help support mindful eating as well, giving students a warm supportive environment for healthy food choices. School meal for dinner? Yes, that's right! Ask your school nutrition director for a recipe your child might like and make it at home for dinner. This gives children a way to get involved and parents a ...

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Charter School Hubs Boost Students Perception of Health

Bilingual efforts in educating students about the benefits of living a healthy life are changing Colorado (21.3% Latino) charter schools statewide. The Colorado Health Foundation joined up with the Colorado League of Charter Schools to focus on health and wellness in schools. The way the program works is allowing nearby charter schools to collaborate with each other and create "pods" that are more sustainable, Rainey Wikstrom explained to Watchdog. Working in school wellness since 2004, Wikstrom has since then been a leader in increasing healthier school food, physical activity and teacher training for schools in the area. The program creates these hubs of health, allowing up to three charter schools to write a grant together, collaborate with each other and see what models ...

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New Legislation Supports More Healthier School Food Variety

All kids deserve to have a variety of healthy snack and school food options throughout the day, as most students eat almost more than half of their daily calories at school, but many majority Latino- schools often don't offer as many healthy fresh fruit and vegetables or salads, reports a study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  However, a new legislation within Sacramento, Calif. schools (22.7% Latino) is opening the door for schools to sell a larger selection of healthy snacks that will follow current nutritional standards. The 2016 nutritional standards ensure school snacks must be at or under 200 calories, have no trans fats, have less than 35% weight from total sugars, can be made with whole grains and are limited to less than 230 mg of sodium. Some of ...

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