July 25, 2017
Did you know Latino kids are more dehydrated and drink less water than white kids?
That’s why the #SaludWater health campaign starts today!
#SaludWater—led by the Salud America! national network for healthy change for Latinos—promotes actions, awareness, and grassroots solutions to inspire partners and the public to give Latino children more access to drinking water.
“Parents, teachers, and leaders have the power to push #SaludWater for Latino and all kids, said Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director of Salud America! and a professor at UT Health San Antonio. “Access to water can have a big impact in improving hydration.”
Latino kids consume more sugary drinks than non-Latino kids at all ages, and less water.
Being Latino and drinking sugary beverages at least once in the past week were associated with 2.3 times the odds of severe obesity in kindergarten, research shows. Water, on the other hand, can increase hydration, brain function, energy, and physical performance.
The #SaludWater website, salud.to/saludwater, has actions, stats, and solutions on making water more accessible to Latino kids in schools and communities.
- Tweet how drinking water helps you live life better.
- Share social media messages about real facts and real people driving innovative solutions to boost water access, such as adding water bottle fountains in schools.
- Sign a letter to urge State PTAs to prioritize efforts to promote access to drinking water in schools, such as water bottle fountains.
- Use our toolkit to add water bottle fountain in schools.
#SaludWater partners include:
- UnidosUS (formerly NCLR)
- National Hispanic Medical Association
- Voices for Healthy Kids
- Center for Science in the Public Interest
- UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity
- The Food Trust
- The Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing
- Berkeley Media Studies Group
- America Walks
- Safe Routes to School National Partnership
- Trust for America's Health
- SHAPE America
- Active Living Research
- Healthy Eating Research
- Public Health Advocates / Kick the Can
- Drink Up Initiative of Partnership for a Healthier America
- Child Care Aware of America
- Gretchen Swanson Center for Human Nutrition
- Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES)
- Sugar Free Kids Maryland
- Latino Health for All
- Shape Up San Francisco
- First 5 Contra Costa
- East L.A. Community Corporation
- YWCA New Britain
- Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation
- Real Food For Kids
- Spring Branch ISD Advanced Movers
- San Antonio Mayor's Fitness Council Student Ambassadors
- San Antonio Food Bank
- San Antonio Metropolitan Health District
- Social & Health Research Center in San Antonio
- Bexar County Health Collaborative
- Dell Children's Medical Center
- Texas Center for the Prevention & Treatment of Childhood Obesity
- Dr. Stephen Pont of Austin, Texas
- Mario Chang, Teacher, San Francisco USD
- Robert de Leon, Activitst, McAllen, Texas
- Marcos Hernandez, FPO Marketing, San Antonio
- Joy Leos, Health education and training manager, El Paso, Texas
- Mario Chang, Teacher, San Francisco USD
- Cathy Lopez, P.E. coach, South San ISD, San Antonio
The campaign will run from now through Aug. 18, 2017.
“We hope #SaludWater shows people that Latino kids need access to water throughout their day, and how to help make it happen,” Ramirez said.
Salud America! The RWJF Research Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children
Salud America! is a university-based nonprofit network launched in 2007 that develops multimedia communications to educate and motivate its national online network—more than 100,000 parents, teachers, academics, healthcare providers, and community leaders—to take action to reduce Latino childhood obesity and build a culture of health. The network was created and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and is directed by Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, a health disparities researcher and director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio. Visit Salud America! at www.salud-america.org or follow on social media via its @SaludToday handle on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
For more information, contact Cliff Despres at 210-562-6500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.