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#SaludTues Tweetchat 1/7: Why Folic Acid is Important for Latina and All Moms-to-Be


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Folic acid has long been linked to a healthy pregnancy. In fact, pregnant women who consume a folic acid vitamin and folate-rich food have lower risk of their babies experiencing major neural tube birth defects of the brain (anencephaly) and spine (spina bifida). More than 300,000 neural tube birth defects happen every year in the U.S. Latinas face a higher risk. They also have lower knowledge about the benefits of folic acid, along with lower folic acid consumption compared to women from other racial/ethnic groups. To celebrate National Folic Acid Awareness Week (January 7-13), let’s tweet with #SaludTues on Jan. 7, 2020, to spread the importance of folic acid among Latinas and all mothers-to-be. WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: Why Folic Acid is Important for Latina and ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 12/17: How to Plan for a Safer and More Active 2020


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Much of the disparity we see in traffic deaths and chronic disease is related to how we build roads and communities. Improving safety on our streets, sidewalks, and public spaces can help address decades of disparities. Let’s use #SaludTues on Dec. 17, 2019, to tweet about how you can take time at the end of 2019 to plan for a safer and more active 2020. WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “How to Plan for a Safer and More Active 2020” TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. ET Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019 WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludAmerica CO-HOSTS: America Walks (@americawalks); National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (@NADTCmobility); Safe Routes National Partnership (@SafeRoutesNow); National Complete Streets Coalition (@completestreets) OPTIONAL ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 12/10: “A Guide to a Healthy Holiday”


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In the United States, obesity rates have hit a historic high, especially for Latinos. Additionally, 40% of Latino kids are overweight or obese compared to 32% of all U.S. children. Let’s use #SaludTues on Dec. 10, 2019, to tweet information, resources, and tips that will help us all prevent or help the health dangers of stress, unhealthy eating and limited physical activity during the best time of the year. WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “A Guide to a Healthy Holiday” TIME / DATE: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT), Tuesday, 12/10/19 WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludAmerica CO-HOSTS: Public Health Maps (@PublicHealthMap) We’ll open the floor to your stories and experiences as we explore: Healthy Holiday snacks Fun physical activity ...

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#SaludTues 11/19/19: Healthy Holidays & Diabetes Prevention Month


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Over 1 in 3 U.S. adults have prediabetes and of these individuals, 9 in 10 don't even know they have it, according the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Along with age, family history of diabetes, having had diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), being physically inactive and overweight, there are a number of risk factors that can put someone at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Among Latinos, African Americans, American Indians, and U.S. Pacific Islanders, the chances of developing type 2 diabetes are higher than for those who are non-Latino white. As we prepare for the upcoming holidays, it's also important to be proactive about diabetes prevention during November, Diabetes Awareness Month! On Nov. 19, 2019, let's use #SaludTues , to tweet about ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 11/12: Health Begins With Home


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Having a quality, affordable home can unlock good health for people. The problem is that quality housing is far from the reach of many populations, including Latinos and those living in poverty or homelessness. In fact, low-quality housing can lead to asthma, lead poisoning, mental health issues, and hospitalizations. Let’s use #SaludTues on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, to tweet how to promote health as a top priority in the development and preservation of affordable homes and to elevate homes as a tool for improving resident and community health! WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: Health Begins With Home TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT), Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludAmerica CO-HOST: Enterprise Community Partners ...

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#SaludTues 11/5/19: Measuring Transportation Impacts for Health, Equity and Sustainability


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The methods used to measure and analyze the impact of transportation projects matter for health, equity and sustainability. Vehicle delay, for example, is a poor measure of transportation impact and incorrectly equates low levels of auto delay with mobility and preservation of the environment. Yet, many regions and states rely on vehicle delay to determine which projects get funded and expedited. Measuring the amount and distance of vehicle travel rather than delay encourages infrastructure for transit and non-motorized travel and facilitates mixed-use, transit-oriented development (TOD) and infill development. Measuring vehicle miles traveled can help cities reach climate, equity, health, and sustainability goals. Let’s use #SaludTues on November 5, 2019, to tweet about ...

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#SaludTues 10/29/19: National Disability Employment Awareness Month


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At least 1 in 6 Latinos in the U.S. live with a disability. Nearly 40% of these individuals are classified as obese, according to the CDC. October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This is a good time to reflect on policies and solutions to help communities come together to support disabled individuals through inclusive programs and strategies. We must work to make workplaces, homes, stores, streets and public spaces accessible to everyone. Let's tweet with #SaludTues on Oct. 29, 2019, to share ways to work towards inclusion for disabled individuals and all! We'll also celebrate the accomplishments of disabled individuals and discuss employment opportunities. WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: "National Disability Employment Awareness Month" TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 10/22: Liver Awareness Month


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October is Liver Awareness Month! Liver cancer is continuously on the rise, especially among Latinos. In South Texas specifically, Latinos have the highest rate in the nation. When it comes to hepatitis C, the number of U.S. Latinos with hepatitis C (2.6%) is higher than the number of overall people with hepatitis C (1.3%). Hepatitis C disease progression has also shown to be faster in Latinos than in Whites. Furthermore, the most common risk factor for liver cancer is long-term infection with the hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) worldwide. These infections can lead to cirrhosis of the liver and are directly responsible for making liver cancer the most common cancer in many parts of the world. Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, otherwise known as NASH, is another ...

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