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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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Web Forum 4/16/13: Mobilizing Latinos to Address Obesity



Latinos have among the highest rates of obesity in the United States. A new web forum series, “Why Obesity Is Important to the Latino Community,” is launching at 12:30 p.m. CST Tuesday, April 16, 2013, focusing on the Latino community and obesity and overweight prevention. The series, organized by the Public Health Institute (PHI) of California, will air on PHI's Dialogue4Health web platform in both English and Spanish. Presenters will: Outline the epidemiology of obesity in accessible terms, and the underlying factors contributing to the obesity epidemic; Elaborate upon the link between obesity prevention and other social issues; Discuss the role of community empowerment through leadership and capacity building for policy advocacy and systems change; and Provide ...

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Latino TV Producer/Director Puts Spotlight on Health



In the movie The Killing Strain, Juan "Rick" Carrillo plays a soldier who escapes a helicopter crash to lead a small group of flu-epidemic survivors to safety. On screen, he was a tough, nothing-can-stop-him hero. Off screen, though, Carrillo struggled fighting the elements—mountain cedar had him blowing his nose, taking antihistamines and using his inhaler between takes. “I wasn’t feeling 100%, but the scenes captured during filming were very effective in telling the story of this gutsy soldier,” Carrillo said. “This always reminds me the great power a camera has on creating a world for audiences to absorb and be part of.” Today, Carrillo is putting his acting and film-making experience to work as a TV producer/director for the Institute for Health Promotion ...

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Report: A Mostly Latino Area of South Texas is Most Obese Region in United States



A predominantly Latino region of South Texas is the most obese area of the United States for the third year in a row. Residents of the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission metropolitan area have a 38.5% rate of obesity, according to a new Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Along with McAllen-Edinburg-Mission metro area, Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas; Reading, Pa.; and Huntington-Ashland, W.Va.-Ky.-Ohio, are among the 10 areas with the highest obesity rates for three years in a row. Nationwide, 26.2% of American adults were obese in 2012, unchanged from 26.1% in 2011. Residents of the cities with the highest obesity rates receive on average lower annual wages and are less likely to be able to consistently afford food and healthcare than residents of the cities with the lowest obesity rates, ...

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Videos: The Need for Healthier Foods and Beverages



Check out two new videos featuring experts calling for healthier food in schools and the need for healthier beverage recommendations. The videos are from the Robert Wood Johnson ...

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