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Description of The Spectrum



The Science behind Healthy Change in Communities How far along is a particular healthy change in a community? Where might you make a contribution? The answers can be found in the Salud America! Policy Contribution Spectrum, a science-based way to identify and describe the stages of policy development. The Spectrum helps pinpoint important activities that contribute to the process of policy development, from noticing there is a problem, to the passing of a policy, to monitoring a policy to make sure it does what it was created to do. ...

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Students to Add Park Space, Walkways to Revitalize Neighborhood



Some University of Houston architecture students, including Jose Pedroza, are trying to revitalize a local neighborhood by reusing empty lots around an abandoned mall and adding park space and pedestrian-friendly walkways, KTRK-TV reports. Houston's population is about 44% ...

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May 9: Bike to Work Day



Many people will leave their cars parked and ride their bicycles to work on "Bike to Work Day" Thursday, May 9, 2013. Check out these related videos in English and Spanish. The videos were posted by Mark ...

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Study: Unhealthy Food Ads Dominate Spanish TV Shows for Latino Kids



More than 84 percent of all foods and beverages advertised to children on Spanish-language television shows are unhealthy, according to a study published in the Journal of Health Communication. Among companies that pledged to reform their child-directed advertising practices to encourage healthier choices, 78 percent of ads for children on Spanish-language television and 69 percent of ads for children on English-language television were for unhealthy foods or drinks. The study, “Food Marketing to Children on U.S. Spanish-Language Television,” is the first large-scale effort to analyze food and beverage advertising on Spanish-language children’s television. It was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through its Healthy Eating Research program. “All children, and ...

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Spanish Videos: Latino Families Can Dance and Have a Healthy Eating Taste Test



Two new Spanish-language videos show healthier lifestyles, one promoting family activities, such as a father showing his daughter he can dance, and another showing a family having a healthy foods taste test. The videos aim to challenge children to engage in healthier lifestyles. Both videos were made possible by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and presented by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of ...

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Testicular Cancer on Rise in Latino Men



Testicular cancer is most common in white men. But as the overall testicular cancer rate rises in the U.S., the greatest increase is occurring among Latino men, according to a researcher, Hispanically Speaking News reports. The report indicates that Dr. Scott Eggener, an associate professor of surgery at the University of Chicago, examining testicular cancer incidence from 1992-2009 and found that: In 1992, 5.7 of every 100,000 men had testicular cancer; that number rose to 6.8/100,000 in 2009. In 1992, 4 of every 100,000 Hispanic men were affected; that number rose to 6.3/100,000 in 2009. “The incidence of testicular cancer appears to be increasing very slowly but steadily among virtually all groups that we studied,” said Eggener, according to the news report. “The novel ...

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Infographic: Federal Obesity Prevention Efforts Could Save Billions of Dollars Over 75 Years



The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the costs of proposed federal legislation over a 10-year timeframe. That might not be long enough to account for total savings inherent in the proposed legislation. If the CBO extends that window from 10 to 75 years, it could better account for all of the costs and savings attributable to various obesity-prevention efforts, according to a new report by the Campaign to End Obesity. The report identifies billions of dollars in potential savings that are attributable to four specific obesity-prevention strategies that would prevent obesity and related chronic conditions in the long run, thus helping save money by reducing health care costs and increasing wages. Check out the report's key findings in this ...

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Tips from Latino Ex-Smokers



Mariano, a Hispanic living in Illinois, started smoking at 15. At age 47, Mariano woke up one morning feeling sick and dizzy. He was sweating a lot. He went to the doctor, who told him his blood pressure was extremely high. He was hospitalized that day. Three days later, he had open heart surgery to replace blocked blood vessels in his heart. "I smoked my last cigarette the day I was told I needed heart surgery," he said. He hasn't smoked since. "I was given a second chance to live." Mariano, who loves to cook and noticed that he has more energy since he quit smoking, is part of a new effort from the CDC and the National Latino Tobacco Control Network (NLTCN) to raise awareness among Latinos about the dangers of tobacco use and second-hand smoke. The campaign, Tips from Smokers, ...

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What Are Health Disparities?



Health disparities are differences in incidence, prevalence, mortality, and burden of diseases and other adverse health conditions that exist among specific U.S. population groups. Latinos, for example, suffer various disparities in cancer, chronic disease, obesity and other conditions. To learn more, visit the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday. You also can check out the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Disparities & Inequalities Report. The report analyzes recent trends and ongoing variations in health disparities and ...

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