Unique Obesity Prevention Program Benefits Weight, Motor Skills in Mexican-American Preschoolers



A new culturally tailored, multi-component obesity prevention program among minority preschool children can help create an environment that positively impacts weight and gross motor skill development in children at risk for obesity, according to a new study in the journal Childhood Obesity. For the program, called Míranos!, researchers from UT San Antonio and the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio tested whether it is possible to indoctrinate students with healthy behaviors — for life — via several positive interactions with their parents, teachers and school workers and a supportive learning environment at school and home. Researchers tested the program among predominantly Mexican-American kids enrolled in Head Start in San ...

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Who is Èxito!: Cristina Valdovinos



Editor's Note: This is the story of a graduate of the 2012 Èxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program. Apply by April 1, 2013, for the 2013 Èxito! program. Cristina Valdovinos New York, New York Cristina Valdovinos grew up watching her father work hard to provide for his family. When he was diagnosed with late-stage laryngeal carcinoma during her last term pursuing her bachelor’s degree in human biology from Stanford University, it sparked her desire to study cancer to help those like her father. She soon interned at the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in California to investigate early-onset breast cancer and excess late-stage diagnoses in minorities, then entered a cancer control program at the University of Puerto Rico’s Comprehensive Cancer ...

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‘Tu Corazon’ Summit to Examine Heart Disease’s Influence in Latinos



Registration is now open for American Heart Association’s “Tu Corazon Latino” Summit on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at the Time Warner Center in New York. Hosted by CBS2 News Medical Correspondent Dr. Max Gomez, this event will take an in-depth look at how cardiovascular disease impacts the Latino population, across generations. Beginning with a focus on youth, the event will examine the trajectory from disease prevention to management with a targeted review of issues affecting the senior population. The Summit attracts community leaders and issue experts from the Latino community throughout the metropolitan region. Go here to register for this free ...

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Heart Disease Risk Higher among ‘Acculturated’ Latinos; Risk Factors Vary by Latino Background



Heart disease risk factors are widespread among U.S. Latino adults, with 80% of men and 71% of women having at least one risk factor for heart disease, according to a San Diego State University (SDSU) study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These percentages are much higher than the general population, where 49% of adults have at least one major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Prevalence of risk factors varies across Hispanic/Latino background groups, with some groups, particularly those with Puerto Rican background, experiencing high rates of heart disease risk factors compared to other groups, according to findings from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL), which will be published in today's Journal of the American Medical ...

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Study: Soda Tax Would Boost Health of Latinos, Blacks



A tax on soda would carry the greatest health benefits for black and Latino Californians, who face the highest risks of diabetes and heart disease, according to recent research findings, California Watch reports. According to the news report: The study found that if a penny-per-ounce tax was applied to soda, cuts in consumption would result in an 8 percent decline in diabetes cases among blacks and Latinos. The statewide reduction in new diabetes cases is projected at 3 to 5.6 percent, according to researchers from UC San Francisco, Columbia University and Oregon State University, who released their findings at a recent American Public Health Association annual meeting. The study was unveiled as a sugar-sweetened beverage tax faces votes in El Monte, in Los Angeles County, and ...

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Study: Hispanic Parents Don’t See Food Companies’ Impact on Their Kids’ Eating Habits as Bad



Parents are concerned about food marketing and the way it impacts their children’s eating habits and would support policies to limit the marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to children, according to a new report from Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. Black and Hispanic parents reported believing that their children saw more food advertising and were more affected by that advertising compared with white parents, the report found. They also perceived more obstacles to ensuring healthy eating habits for their children, and were more supportive of most policies to promote healthy eating habits and limit food marketing. Black and Hispanic parents, however, did not view the influence of food companies on their children’s eating habits more negatively, the ...

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New Guide: How to Talk to Your Kids about Weight, Health



Latino parents, how do you start a conversation on health and healthy weight with your children? A new parent conversation guide, “Weigh In: Talking to Your Children About Weight and Health,” is an online resource created to fill the information gap and offer practical advice for parents to responsibly and compassionately respond to real-world scenarios, such as: Understanding body mass index (BMI) Body image Bullying Weight bias Family obesity Download the guide, a collaboration between the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity ...

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Infographic: Great Grains



Here's an interesting infographic on four types of healthy grains, from Vegan ...

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Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think



Americans eat more than we think. Why? Check out this new video in which Dr. Brian Wansink of Cornell University discusses his research on "mindless eating." Small changes in our physical environment can greatly affect our food eating behavior and totally change our eating habits, according to Dr. ...

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