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#SaludTues Tweetchat 8/16/16: “Back to School and Get Moving”

Latino students engage in less physical activity in school than their peers, which contributes to less healthy weights and other poor health outcomes, research shows.  That’s why physical activity and play is critical as kids head back to class this month. Let’s use #SaludTues on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 to tweet about the latest statistics, trends, and methods of getting students the physical activity and the social, emotional, and mental benefits of play that they need during the school day. WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Back to School and Get Moving” TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT), Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludToday CO-HOSTS: Playworks (@Playworks) and the California Endowment (@CalEndow) SPECIAL ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 1p ET 08/09/16: “Ensuring Healthy Summer & School Meals”

By Lisa Ellis, Salud America!  Latino kids often face less access to salad bars and fresh fruit at school according to a recent CDC study. Also, schools that have a majority of kids that come from low socioeconomic status were far less likely (38.5%) to offer fresh salads at schools with middle (47.7%) or high (59.4%) socioeconomic status. Where kids live, play and go to school can impact the nutrition they need to lead healthy lives, full of energy and brain power. School policies that reduce access to unhealthy snacks and drinks are likely to reduce Latino students’ consumption of these items at school and positively impact student weight outcomes. And when kids spend most of their time at school and eat most of their calories at school, healthy food access is ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 1p ET 8/2/16: “How Everyone can help Normalize Breastfeeding for Latinas and Latino Health”

By Amanda Merck, Salud America!  Many studies show that breastfeeding can positively impact a child’s physical and mental development and even reduce the risk of childhood obesity. Unfortunately, many Latina mothers barriers in access to breastfeeding support: participation in federal food assistance programs that offer free infant formula, pain/discomfort, embarrassment, employment, inconvenience, lack of maternal access to breastfeeding information, not being properly instructed on how to breastfeed by hospital staff, and other cultural, social, economic, political, and psychosocial factors. Breastfeeding mothers need to feel safe, supported and welcome to nurse or pump in all public spaces in order to meet their own personal breastfeeding goals. Let’s use #SaludTues on ...

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SaludTues Tweetchat 07/26/16: Latinos and Mental Health: What Everyone Should Know

There are many myths and misconceptions when it comes to mental health. Join us for our #SaludTues Tweetchat as we discuss what issues and resources for mental health currently impact, affect, and are available for Latinos. Let’s use #SaludTues to tweet ideas and solutions: WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Latinos and Mental Health: What Everyone Should Know” DATE: Tuesday, July 26th 2016 TIME: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT) WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludToday CO-HOSTS: Cheryl Aguilar (@cheryl_aguilar), The National Alliance on Mental Illness  (@NAMICommunicate) & Mental Health America (@MentalHealthAm). Be sure to use the hashtag #SaludTues to follow the conversation on Twitter and share your strategies, stories, and resources ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 1p ET 7/19/16: Online Communities & Tools For Healthy Change

By Rosalie Aguilar, Salud America! Project Coordinator At least 76% of U.S. Latinos connect to the Internet by mobile phone—many of which are connected to social media networks according to the Pew Research Center. Social media and online communities can be a great way to share information and tools to drive social change. Salud America! uses its website and online community to keep educators, parents, leaders, and members of the health care industry informed about the latest stories, policies and systems change to reverse Latino childhood obesity. This week we’ll be chatting about online communities and resources that can activate change. WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat:  “Online Communities & Tools For Healthy Change” DATE: Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 TIME: 1-2 ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 7/12/16: What Latinos Should Know About Lead Poisoning

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Are you aware of the dangers of lead? According to government figures, Latino children are at higher risk of suffering from lead poisoning than White children. Children under six years old are particularly at risk; lead poisoning can cause irreversible brain and central nervous damage. Let’s use #SaludTues to tweet resources, information on how parents can protect their families from lead poisoning. WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “What Latinos Should Know about Lead Poisoning." TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT), Tuesday, July 12, 2016 WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludToday CO-HOSTS: Houston Department of Health (@HoustonHealth), U.S.Department of Housing and Urban Development (@hudgov) Moms Rising (@MomsRising), Mamas con Poder ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 1p ET 7/5/16: “#NatureWalks & #LatinoHealth”

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Kids who are physical activity are scientifically proven to achieve higher school grades, better attendance, improved behavior, and improved health. So where can kids find infinite options for physical activity? Nature. Many studies show that spending time in outdoor physical activity can positively impact mental and physical activity and health. But Latinos tend to lack availability of and safe access to parks and other natural spaces.. Let’s use #SaludTues on July 5, 2016, during the #NatureWalks theme month and #SuperJuly National Parks and Recreation Month, to tweet about the “Power of Nature” and how parents, schools, and communities can improve awareness of and access to nature among Latinos and everyone. WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “#NatureWalks & ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 6/28/16: “Keeping #Fireworks Fun! Safety Tips for #FireworksSafetyMonth”

We are working to organize a Tweet chat about “Keeping Fireworks Fun!” in the promotion of the Fireworks Safety Month, on June 28th! We hope to see you there! Please feel free to share the info below with others! Fireworks are great for fun and exciting entertainment around upcoming holidays like the fourth of July, but what about safety? Many injuries and fires can be avoided by knowing how to enjoy fireworks. Rules and regulations are also important when deciding to purchase fireworks. Some parks or public spaces can also offer free firework shows! Find out how to have fun and be safe around fireworks with experts as they guides us on the safety tips for #FireworksSafetyMonth, along with our other co-hosts. Follow #SaludTues to join the conversation.     WHAT: ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 6/21/16: Latinos and Zika Virus

A person bitten by a mosquito infected with Zika virus may experience fever, rash, and joint pain for a few days, but most people who get it won’t experience symptoms. So why is Zika virus such a big deal? Zika infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and outbreaks are happening frequently in both foreign and domestic lands. Let’s use #SaludTues to tweet about what Zika is, where the virus is spreading, what it means for summer travel, and most importantly how to prevent it. WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “What Latinos Should Know about Zika” TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT), Tuesday, June 21, 2016 WHERE: On ...

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