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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Hawai’i Elementary Schools Choose Water



"Sugary beverages are the number one source of sugar in our diets", stated May Okihiro, a local Pediatrician speaking in a film about the need for the new water bottle filling stations in the state of Hawai'i. The partnership between the University of Hawai'i Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine and Kaiser Permanente Hawai'i has provided a water bottle filling station to 25 schools in the state and reusable water bottles for the students. The partnership hopes to incorporate educational awareness about healthier beverage consumption as a part of the school's wellness policies. All students received a colorful new water bottle, encouraging them to use it daily at the water bottle refilling station. The Be Well @ School project is an initiative for the Hawaiian schools to offer ...

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Rethink Your Drink Campaign Gains Steam In Minnesota



The Minneapolis Health Department is working on educating schools and consumers to 'ReThink Your Drink' when it comes to sugar-sweetened beverages. Dentists associations are also taking a stand to bring more knowledge on the issue and supporting the campaign. The 'ReThink Your Drink' campaign, popular in other cities in Calif., and now across many state's public health departments has become a slogan for healthier beverage consumption education. Educational resources are provided online by many sites, and can also be found at the California Health Department sites, which include guide materials to use at and festivals, along with helpful recipes on how to make healthier beverage alternatives. The campaign is educational and the public health department hopes to help University ...

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How Do You Eat Healthy When Eating Out?



Did you know Applebees and IHOP restaurants have taken soda off kids menus and New York City Restaurants now show consumers which items are high in sodium? Choosing the healthier option when eating out can sometimes be confusing as most restaurant foods have high levels of either fat, sugar or sodium. MomsRising.org and Center for Science in the Public Interest are holding a #FoodFri Tweet Chat, Friday, December 18th, 10-11am PT/1-2pm ET to discuss how to eat healthfully while eating out. Participants will offer helpful suggestions for eating out, discuss efforts to improve restaurant kids' menus, and highlight ways to support access to healthier options in the community. To join this discussion, follow #FoodFri on ...

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Researchers Say Sugar Free Drinks Are Bad News For Teeth



New Research from the University of Melbourne, declares that sugar-free drinks with acidic components may be just as damaging to teeth as sugary beverages. Sugary beverages have been known to cause decay, but new research states that dental erosion can happen with sugar-free products as well. The research was tested with 23 different types of sugar-free drinks including sports drinks like Gatorade, Powerade, and sugar-free Coca-Cola. Drinks that include ingredients like acidic additives like citric acid, and phosphoric acid, are huge components of dental erosion. The study's co-author, Eric Reynolds recommends that after drinking these products, rinse your mouth with water and wait one hour to brush to prevent removal of the  softened tooth layer. To learn more about this ...

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