Isabella Jimenez Brings ‘My Fun Food’ to Your Phone, Kitchen



Isabella Jimenez is a Latina on a mission for health. At age 12, she had an idea for an app that serves as a digital cookbook where young people can learn to cook easy, healthy recipes and find tips in trivia games. She worked hard preparing recipes, creating and testing an app, and securing funding. At age 16, she launched the My Fun Food app. Now age 18, Isabella is an entrepreneur studying business at UT Austin and taking the My Fun Food app – which has a 5.0 rating in the Apple Store – to new levels. “The main purpose of the app is to provide a resource to the community,” Isabella said. “All the recipes are cost efficient, fast and quick, and easy to make.” Let’s explore what’s new since the last time Salud America! caught up with Isabella! Isabella: ...

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Reframing Childhood Obesity Through a Cultural Lens


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In the last few years, childhood obesity has become a global epidemic. The effort to change individual choices – like diet and physical activity – hasn’t solved the problem, and also contributes to weight discrimination. That is why we need to use cultural insights, nutritional science, and a systemic focus to improve child health, according to a new report from the Vanderbilt University Cultural Context of Health and Wellbeing Initiative. “What we label ‘obesity’ is produced by interrelated systems in which human biology interacts with environments, social norms, economic structures, and historical legacies,” according to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation blog post about the report, Reframing Childhood Obesity: Cultural Insights on Nutrition, Weight and Food ...

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Sugary Drinks Increase Prediabetes Risk for Latinos


Sugary Drinks Increase Prediabetes Risk for Latinos

Consuming sugary drinks like soda and juice may increase the risk of prediabetes for Latino adults, according to a new study from Duke University School of Medicine. “What we found in this study is that unfortunately, having more than two drinks a day does increase your risk and is associated with having prediabetes,” said Dr. Leonor Corsino of the Duke University School of Medicine, according to CBS17. Latinos are at high risk for diabetes and other medical conditions. It’s important that we reduce sugary drink consumption, especially for Latino youth. What Did the Study Find on Prediabetes and Sugary Drinks? Corsino and her research team collected data from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos, which is the most comprehensive long-term study of health ...

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Workshop: How to Advance Systemic Change to Reduce Obesity


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Latinos and other people of color suffer high rates of obesity. This is often due to racist policies and discriminatory practices that create less access to healthcare, healthy food, affordable housing, and financial resources for families of color. What can we do about this? You are invited to join a virtual workshop, "Systems and Obesity: Advances and Innovations for Equitable Health and Well-Being," on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021 (10 a.m. To 2:45 p.m. ET) and Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 (1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET). This is the third workshop in a series from the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions of the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Find the results of the first and second workshop. "The workshop will explore how to ...

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Report: 1 in 5 Latino Youth Have Obesity


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One in six U.S. youth have obesity, but the issue is worse among Latinos and other youth of color, according to a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). More than one in five Latino (21.4%), Black (23.8%), and American Indian/Alaska Native (28.7%) children ages 10-17 have obesity. The reasons? Structural racism and systemic health inequities. Racist policies and discriminatory practices affect our food system, access to healthcare, affordable housing, and critical family supports like childcare, the RWJF report says. Together, the effects of these policies and practices force families into hard choices on how to spend limited resources, especially during COVID-19. “The state of childhood obesity in America is an urgent call to action for leaders at all ...

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Obesity May Lead to Severe Coronavirus Disease, Among Younger Patients


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While the elderly are highly susceptible to the coronavirus COVID-19, young adults aren't off the hook, either. Almost 40% of U.S. coronavirus patients who were sick enough to need hospitalization were between the ages of 20 to 54, according to recent CDC data. "There seems to be this ethos that the virus is no big deal for young people," said Dr. Mark Pasternack, chief of the pediatric infectious disease unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, told the Newbury Press. "But it is a big deal because some young people are getting very sick and because they are also very serious vectors of disease spread." Why Obesity and Coronavirus Outbreak is a Concern for Young People in the U.S.? Obesity may be one of the most important predictors of severe coronavirus illness among ...

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Investigación: Los niños latinos consumen más bebidas azucaradas que los niños no latinos



Los bebés latinos son dos veces más propensos a recibir bebidas azucaradas que sus pares no Latinos, y tres de cada cuatro niños latinos han tenido una bebida azucarada a la edad de 2 años, lo que contribuye a sus tasas altas de obesidad, de acuerdo con un nuevo paquete en español de la investigación realizada por Salud América!, la red nacional de prevención de obesidad de UT Health San Antonio. El paquete de investigación de Salud América!, Bebidas azucaradas y los niños latinos, examina la ciencia más reciente sobre la salud de los latinos de 0-5 años y hace recomendaciones de política para reducir el consumo: • Reseña Temática • Video Animado • Infográfica—Consumo de las bebidas azucaradas • Infográfica—Marketing de las bebidas azucaradas • ...

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Nueva Investigación: Peso Saludable y Latinos



Uno de cuatro niños en los Estados Unidos ya tiene sobrepeso u obesidad para los 2-5 años de edad, con una mayor prevalencia entre los niños latinos (30%) que en los niños blancos (21%). ¿Cómo pueden los niños latinos lograr un peso saludable para la edad de kínder? La lactancia materna tiene efectos positivos en los niños. Las intervenciones o políticas dirigidas a mejorar las tasas de lactancia materna entre las madres latinas pueden ser fundamentales para promover los objetivos de peso saludable. Además de la lactancia materna, las investigaciones sugieren otros factores que también pueden desempeñar un papel fundamental para ayudar a los niños latinos a lograr un peso saludable para la edad de kínder: la actividad física de las madres y los hábitos de ...

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Nueva Investigación: Espacios Activos y Latinos



Los niños latinos en las comunidades marginadas tienen espacios limitados para hacer ejercicio, lo cual es parte de la razón por la que son más propensos a tener sobrepeso u obesidad que sus pares. ¿Cómo puede la actividad física ser parte de su experiencia diaria? Las mejores maneras de mejorar el acceso y el uso seguro de los “espacios activos” – gimnasios, parques, campos deportivos y parques infantiles – incluyen: la adopción de acuerdos de uso compartido; la mejora de las características del vecindario, tales como la reparación de aceras, la instalación de luces en las calles y mejoramiento del mantenimiento de los parques; creación de rutas más seguras a las escuelas, espacios activos y otros destinos familiares; y el uso de marketing y tecnología para ...

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