Study: Latino Parents Willing to Make Lifestyle Changes to Help Overweight Kids



Parents of overweight Latino children are willing to make tortillas with vegetable oil instead of lard and to make other healthy food and lifestyle choices to get their kids fit, a researcher at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas has found. The focus group findings, which appear online in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, provide important starting points for fighting the epidemic of childhood obesity in Latinos, the largest and fastest-growing ethnic group in Texas and nationally. “Almost half of all Latino kids are either overweight or obese,” said Dr. Glenn Flores, senior author of the study, in a news release. “It’s an important issue in terms of our future generations. If we intervene early enough, we won’t have obese ...

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VIDEO: What Is the Single Best Thing You Can Do for Your Health?



We at SaludToday would encourage you to watch this video that puts a unique spin on answering the question: What is the single best thing we can do for our health? The video comes from Dr. Mike Evans, founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, associate professor of family medicine and public health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael's ...

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Mental Health Workforce Shortage More Critical in Minority Communities



Texas' severe shortage of mental health professionals is compounded by a disparity in diagnosing and treating the state's rapidly growing Latino and other minority communities, the Texas Tribune reports. The report indicates that 64% of all psychiatrists were white, 3.5% were black, and 12.4% were Hispanic in 2009. Watch this captivating video to see more about this ...

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Sugary Drinks 101 for Latinos (Part 2)



Editor’s Note: This post is part of an ongoing series that will highlight the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s work in Latino communities across the country. SaludToday Guest Blog: An Interview with Jennifer Harris Young people are being exposed to a massive amount of marketing for sugary drinks, such as full-calorie sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks and fruit drinks, according to a new study from the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. The study is the most comprehensive analysis of sugary drink nutrition and marketing ever conducted. The data indicate that the companies involved target young people, especially Black and Latino youth. In an interview, Jennifer Harris, director of marketing initiatives for the Rudd Center, details exactly how beverage ...

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Sugary Drinks 101 for Latinos (Part 1)



Editor’s Note: This post is part of an ongoing series that will highlight the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s work in Latino communities across the country. SaludToday Guest Blog: An Interview with Jennifer Harris Young people are being exposed to a massive amount of marketing for sugary drinks, such as full-calorie sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks and fruit drinks, according to a new study from the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. The study is the most comprehensive analysis of sugary drink nutrition and marketing ever conducted. The data indicate that the companies involved target young people, especially Black and Latino youth. In an interview, Jennifer Harris, director of marketing initiatives for the Rudd Center, details exactly how beverage ...

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How to Overcome Latino Children’s Low Physical Activity Levels



Editor's Note: This is Part 3 of a series on new Salud America! research briefs examining Latino youth nutrition, physical activity and marketing. Today's focus is physical activity. Preventing obesity among Latino youth will require a sizeable decrease in energy intake and/or a reciprocal increase in physical activity. A new Salud America! research brief shows that: Latino parents report more barriers to their children’s physical activity than do white parents, including transportation problems, concerns about neighborhood safety, and the expense and availability of local recreation opportunities. Latino children living in lower-income communities and unsafe neighborhoods are more likely to be physically inactive, overweight and/or obese. Immigrant Latino children are ...

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VIDEOS: Training on Patient Navigation & Latino Cancer Issues



Redes En Acción: The National Latino Cancer Research Network has released three videos on cancer issues and research methods that were used to train Redes En Acción researchers and patient navigators in Miami and San Antonio and Austin, Texas, who are involved in a study examining how patient navigators who use the LIVESTRONG Cancer Navigation Services Program can improve the quality of life of Latino breast, colorectal and prostate cancer survivors. The videos are designed specifically for the study, funded by the National Cancer Institute; but the videos may be useful in any patient navigator studies involving Latinos. Video 1 teaches researchers and patient navigators the proper steps on how to manage a potential mental health emergency or psychological related emergency that may ...

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Latino Children Struggle to Avoid Unhealthy Foods



Editor's Note: This is Part 2 of a series on new Salud America! research briefs examining Latino youth nutrition, physical activity and marketing. Today's focus is nutrition. The modern urban environment, replete with convenience stores and fast-food restaurants, has provided easy access to generally unhealthy foods and beverages, while not always providing access to healthy ones, especially in Latino communities. A new Salud America! research brief shows that: Families and youth residing in low-income, Latino neighborhoods often face limited access to supermarkets, chain grocery stores and healthy foods. Latino high school students have greater access to both unhealthy and healthy food choices than do other high school students. Compared with the national average, food ...

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Marketing Has Heavy Influence on Latino Childhood Obesity



Editor's Note: This is Part 1 of a series on new Salud America! research briefs examining Latino youth nutrition, physical activity and marketing. Today's focus is marketing. As with other children and adolescents, marketing may also have a powerful influence on the health behaviors of Latino youth. A new Salud America! research brief shows that: The amount of time young people spend with entertainment media has risen dramatically, particularly among Latinos. Latinos are avid users of digital media, including the Internet and mobile phones, among other new media platforms (e.g., Facebook, MySpace). Latino youth, have been identified as an important target market segment among fast-food and soda companies. Children viewing Spanish-language TV in the U.S. are heavily exposed ...

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