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Webinar: Mobilizing Latino Youth to Become Community Advocates

How can we best train tomorrow's leaders? By working with youth to lead healthy changes today! Register now for our next Salud America! Webinar on March 27 on how to mobilize youth to become community advocates! What: Mobilizing Latino Youth to Become Community Advocates Time/Date: 12 p.m. CST, Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Host: Salud America! Special Guest: Kymberly Lacrosse, a Salud Hero of healthy change Lacrosse has vast experience mobilizing youth toward action. Lacrosse has served as a community organizer for the United Way of Santa Cruz County, Calif, working with the youth group Jóvenes SANOS to create several healthy changes: Healthier food options at METRO transit stations; Convincing community leaders to adopt a healthy restaurant ...

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Tell USDA: We Want Healthier Dietary Guidelines!

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The USDA wants your opinion to shape the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans! The guidelines aim to help people choose an overall healthy diet. They have specific nutritional targets and dietary limits for children (ages 2-18), adults (19-64), and older adults (65 and older). Now, for the first time, the guidelines will cover pregnant women and babies (birth to age 2). What do you think the guidelines should recommend? How does it impact Latinos? Speak up! Copy a model public comment developed by our Salud America! research team, click the "submit" button, and paste the comment in the USDA's comments submission website by March 30, 2018. Model Comment: General I urge the USDA and HHS to create the strongest possible Dietary Guidelines to ensure that all kids, parents, ...

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Webinar: How to Get a Water Bottle Fountain at Your School!

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Can you get a Water Bottle Fountain at your school? Register now for our new webinar to get tools and support to help you get a Water Bottle Fountain for your school or district! The webinar, set for 12 p.m. CST on Feb. 27, 2018, will explore why Water Bottle Fountains are good for schools and students, and provide an example of someone who has achieved this change and tools you can use to make the change happen at your school. The webinar is the first of our new Salud America! Webinar Series on how to achieve healthy change in communities and schools. Why Water Bottle Fountains? Water Bottle Fountains filtered water dispensers for easily filling and refilling water bottles. They can replace or upgrade existing classic water fountains. Water Bottle Fountains can increase ...

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Tell USDA: I Want Strong School Food Nutrition Rules!

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The USDA announced an interim final rule that would weaken school food nutrition standards. The rule, effective 2018-2019, would allow schools to serve 1% and nonfat flavored and non-flavored milk, apply for an exemption to serve refined grains over whole grains, and allow schools to not reduce salt levels in meals. Health experts say this rolls back progress to improve school nutrition and children's health. What do you think? Fortunately, you have a limited time—until Jan. 29 2018—to tell USDA you want better school food for Latino and all families! Submit a Model Comment Copy one of three model public comments developed by our Salud America! research team, then hit the submit button to paste it to USDA's website... MODEL COMMENT: GENERAL For the health of Latino and ...

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Uncover the True Health of Your Town!

Is it hard to find healthy food in your town? Or places to play? Or health care? What does local health look like, compared to other areas? The new Salud America! Salud Report Card has these answers and much more. You can select your county and automatically generate customized data on local obesity, food access, physical activity, and health equity issues compared to the state and nation, and comparing Latinos to non-Latinos. The Salud Report Card also offers policy solutions, case studies, and share-ability to inspire people and policymakers to start and support healthy changes in their communities. Enter your location for your own free Salud Report Card! "Moms, dads, teachers, local leaders and more can use the Salud Report Card to find out what health issues are ...

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Tell WHO: I Want Equitable Active Spaces!

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is drafting a global action plan to promote physical activity. WHO wants your comments on this plan through Sept. 22, 2017. How can you take advantage of this unique opportunity to speak up for equity in access to active spaces for physical activity for Latino families and communities of color around the world? Copy and paste the below model comment from our research team at Salud America!... I believe priority should be given to creating safe routes to walk and bike and developing shared use agreements and open use policies that formally share school recreational with the public after class. These initiatives can help Latino children and families living underserved communities access the physical, mental, social, and health benefits of ...

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Fight Rages on Over Menu Labeling in Restaurants

Thank you for speaking up on the importance of menu labeling! Salud America! supporters submitted 12% of the comments FDA received regarding their one-year delay of menu labeling (332 of 2,714 online comments). We also reached more than 6 million people online and on social media with menu labeling messages. These actions show that many people want to make it easy for Latino and all families to make healthier decisions about the foods they eat outside the home. Now, what will FDA do? The fight up to now Months ago, the FDA announced a one-year delay for food companies to adopt changes to menu labeling of foods in restaurants and other eateries. Industry stakeholders welcomed the extension amid concerns over their ability to meet the compliance deadline of July 2018, while ...

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Get Kids More Access to Water!

Dehydration. Fatigue. Poor classroom performance. Water can help solve these issues for kids, but Latino kids don’t have access to clean drinking water as often as white kids, and they are more dehydrated. That’s why Salud America! created the #SaludWater health campaign! #SaludWater promotes awareness and grassroots actions to inspire local change to give Latino children more access to drinking water: Share social media messages about real stats and real people driving innovative solutions to boost water access, such as adding water bottle fountains in schools, pushing water using bilingual promotoras, and more. Sign a letter to urge State PTAs to prioritize access to drinking water in schools, such as water bottle fountains. Use our toolkit to add water bottle ...

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Tell FDA: Save Menu Labeling (Again)!

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You helped save menu labeling—for now! Supporters of Salud America!, our national Latino child health promotion program at UT Health San Antonio, submitted 10% of the 1,126 comments the FDA received about their one-year delay for restaurants to add menu labeling. FDA is listening to your comments! FDA wants more feedback on their delay of menu labeling—this week they extended the public comment deadline from July 3 to Aug. 2, 2017. Here’s how to submit a public comment right now: 1. Copy the model comment below. This comment was adapted from the Center for Science in the Public Interest by Salud America!. For the health of Latino and all families, I strongly support immediate implementation of menu labeling in chain restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores, ...

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