Cavities Get Around/ Las Caries Se Propagan



Did you know that thirty grams of orange juice could contain as much sugar as three donuts? Sweetened beverages like soda, juice and lemonades are dangerous to a child's health in many ways, including their oral health. Sugary beverages can fuel cavity-causing bacteria. Delta Dental of Colorado has been informing families about the dangers of these sugary sweetened beverages with their Cavities Get Around Campaign. This campaign is helping mom's find sugar-free or low sugar alternatives that help in keeping their child happy and hydrated along with preventing oral health risks. To learn more click here, or use their bilingual ...

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Update: Baltimore Wants Soda Label Warnings



Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner stated in a recent video, "The number one killer of both men and women, in the U.S and right here in Baltimore City is heart disease." Wen explained that childhood obesity is an epidemic in the nation and in their city, and a large contributor of this problem is children's daily consumption of sugary-sweetened beverages. According to a recent article, Wen stated that one in three school-aged children in Baltimore are overweight and one in four children drink one or more sodas a day. Latino children are disproportionally at a higher risk for obesity, diabetes and heart disease, not to mention that they are also larger consumers of sugary-sweetened beverages, studies show. About 22 percent of Latino high-school students have ...

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Congressional Commission Recommends No Sugary Beverages For Food Stamps Purchases



A unanimous policy recommendation from the Congress to eliminate certain sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) was part of a report from the National Commission on Hunger on Monday, January 4, 2015. The report, states that there is scientific evidence that links consumption of SSB's can lead to negative health effects like obesity, and diabetes, especially amongst children. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that the prevalence of obesity among youth aged 2 to 19 is highest for Hispanic populations. Studies have shown that about 74 percent of Latinos have had a SSB by age two. A 2012 study from Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity reported that at least two billion dollars had been spent annually for SSB's in grocery stores from Supplemental Nutrition ...

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Update: San Antonio Press Conference Encourages A Healthy New Year’s Resolution



The new year is a time of resolutions and for many, a time to think about health, and one's diet. Members and representatives of San Antonio's Healthy Beverage Coalition joined together on January 6, 2016, to hold an educational press conference on the importance of knowing how much sugar is in the average sugary beverage and to help San Antonio to think about what sugary beverages they are drinking this year. Dr. Robert Ferrer, Board Chairman of the Health Collaborative, started off the conference holding up a bag of sugar and eating it one spoon at a time, all the while stating that eating the sugar in the bag is about the same as drinking a soda. Speaking also at the conference were members of the Healthy Beverage Coalition, Bexar County Judge, Nelson Wolff. Wolff explained ...

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New Dietary Guidelines Suggest Less Salt & Sugar



Mom was right when she said to eat your veggies, the new federal dietary guidelines encourage Americans to eat more vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins like seafood while lowering consumption of sugars, high-sodium and high-cholesterol foods. The guidelines suggest: A variety of vegetables, focusing on leafy greens and legumes Whole fruits and grains daily Low-fat or fat-free dairy products Variety of lean proteins Natural oils like, safflower, canola, and avocado oils. Studies show that diet and nutrition play a large part towards healthier outcomes. Encouraging less sugar-sweetened beverages and more fresh foods is beneficial to a long healthy lifestyle for Latinos and lowers risk of obesity and diabetes, studies suggest. Healthier food access is also ...

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Tennessee Encourages Community to Drink More Clean Tap Water



The Tennessee Clean Water Network (TCWN) is working on goals to help enforce state and federal anti-pollution laws towards clean water, but also encouraging the state to drink less sugary beverages and instead opt for free, clean tap water. The state is currently dealing with high rates of obesity, at 31.2%, according to a 2014 report, with Latinos at a high rate of obesity at 31.7%. The movement towards drinking more tap water will also help reduce large numbers of plastic beverage bottles being disposed of in the state's landfills, explains a recent article. Efforts have been taken by TCWN to install water fountains in local community areas with messages, such as "Water first for thirst' and decorations of local art on the fountains. The drive to encourage the community to ...

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Health Advocates Slam Industry’s Defense of Sugary Drinks


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A controversy is growing over sugary drinks and their impact on health in largely Latino San Antonio, Texas. Sugary drinks recently surged into the national spotlight with emerging research on the link between too much dietary sugar and health issues like diabetes and obesity, and the growth of sugary drink pricing initiatives by cities to cut consumption and increase revenue for health promotion programs. These issues have prompted push-back by the beverage industry. That push-back reached San Antonio, where beverage industry reps and health advocates sparred over local health, fueled by research by Salud America!, the Latino childhood obesity prevention network at UT Health San Antonio. Obesity and diabetes are grave local and national health concerns with no single cause, ...

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A Campaign Asks Latino Youth To Drink Tap Water



The Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation and Westwood Unidos are collaborating on a campaign aimed at Latino families and Latino youth to show that tap water is safe to drink daily. The Cavities Get Around campaign is an initiative of The Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation, hoping to eradicate childhood tooth decay and improve oral health for children. According to recent studies, Latino kids ages 0-5 consumption of sugary drinks is higher than the overall average. Rumors of how the tap water may be safe in the Westwood neighborhood has caused many Latino families to believe that the tap water is unsafe to drink. Also, many families are immigrants and are not used to drinking water directly out of the sink, explained Jessica Mahaffey, a marketing specialist for Denver Water in a ...

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NBA MVP Basketball Star Endorses Water



Most superstar figures or famous actresses and athletes have advertised some type of unhealthy beverage for million dollar endorsements, but not for NBA's basketball 2015 MVP star player, Stephen Curry, who is focused on health for kids. Stephen Curry wants to be a healthy role model for kids and has signed a contract for health-focused marketing with Brita water. Curry is the first in sports history, according to a recent article, that has said no to being a spokesperson for unhealthy sugary beverage advertisements. Latino kids consume 2 to 3 more sugary beverages a day compared to white kids. It is important for children to know what health looks like, and many children tend to look up to their favorite athletes and mimic their actions. Knowing more about water and having ...

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