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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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Report: Multi-Level Changes Needed to Reduce Latino Obesity Epidemic



A combination of regulation of unhealthy foods, support from community organizations, and individual behavior changes is crucial to reducing high rates of obesity among Latinos, according to a new report released this week by The Hispanic Institute. The report, “Obesity: Hispanic America’s Big Challenge,” details the impact of diabetes and heart disease on the Latino community, which suffers from those obesity-related conditions at rates higher than Whites. The report also offers recommendations and examines the positive roles of diet, exercise, and technology. “Of course, we’re responsible for what we eat and drink, but we’re also subject to the effects of massive advertising and misleading promotional campaigns—especially on our children and the poor,” said Gus ...

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Video: Healthy Eating Design Guidelines for School Architecture



Creating school food environments that support healthy eating among children is a recommended national strategy to prevent childhood obesity, and is shown to have positive effects on student behavior, development, and academic performance. To help children learn life-long healthy eating habits, researchers developed the Healthy Eating Design Guidelines for School Architecture. These guidelines provide practitioners in architecture and public health as well as school system administrators with a practical set of spatially organized and theory-based strategies for making school environments more conducive to learning about and practicing healthy eating behaviors. Watch how the Buckingham Elementary School redesign project in Dillwyn, Va., used the tool to improve its ability to ...

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Study: Latinos Less Likely to Think They’ll Get Cancer



Hispanic, Black, and Asian Americans are less likely than whites to believe they will get cancer, even though they are actually more likely to develop cancer and die from it, according to a new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion, HealthDay reports. Study researchers surveyed people about their perceptions of their cancer risk. They also found Hispanics were less likely than whites and blacks to believe they could take steps to reduce their risk of cancer. "There is a need for consistent cancer prevention messages and screening recommendations, as well as opportunities to increase education on cancer prevention among all populations," study senior author B. Lee Green of the Moffitt Cancer Center, said in a center news release, HealthDay reported. "These efforts will make ...

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Video: ‘The Greatest Action Movie Ever’



Kids get active in their communities to save the world from a sedentary-style villain in a neat new video from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Each scene in the video is designed to showcase kids getting physical activity and eating right. For the video, CDC invited U.S. kids to audition for the video. Some of the more than 7,000 audition videos were used to build the film. Special effects were added to turn the kids' actions into ...

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Steps for Creating Culture of ‘Active Living’ in a Latino City



Physical activity is increasingly recognized as a critical way to prevent obesity, chronic disease and other serious health issues. But nationally, only 1 in 4 adults meet physical activity guidelines. Even fewer youths do. A local volunteer group is trying to change that in San Antonio, a Texas city whose residents, most of whom are Latino, don't engage in enough physical activity. The Active Living Council of San Antonio, a community coalition formed in 2009 by local health officials using federal grant funds, has created the Active Living Plan for a Healthier San Antonio to identify and implement effective strategies to help people partake in "active living." San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and his Mayor’s Fitness Council have endorsed the plan, which also has ...

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Healthy School Spotlight: Carroll Bell Elementary School



Check out this video about the great fitness and healthier eating going on at Carroll Bell Elementary School in San Antonio, Texas, a mainly Latino city. This video is from the Alliance for a Healthier ...

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