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


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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.#SaludTues 08-09

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 vital.

Ensuring a healthy meal all year long is important, not just for school, but also through the summer, in breaks and after school.

Let’s use #SaludTues to tweet information, resources, and tips that can help ensure all kids have access to healthy foods -all year long. Follow #SaludTues to join the conversation.

We’ll open the floor to your stories and experiences as we explore:

  • Why Latino kids need access to healthy meals all year long
  • How free #summermeals help fill the gap
  • Ways to ensure kids enjoy healthy snacks in school

Be sure to use the hashtag #SaludTues to follow the conversation on Twitter and share your strategies, stories, and resources that can help families ensure healthy meals and snacks are available all year long.

#SaludTues is a weekly Tweetchat about Latino health at 12p CST/1p ET every Tuesday and hosted by @SaludToday, the Latino health social media campaign for the team at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.


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