#SaludWater: Take Action to Get Kids More Access to Water!

July 25, 2017

Did you know Latino kids are more dehydrated and drink less water than white kids?

#SaludWater water bottle fillingThat’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.

Actions include:

  • 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:

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.

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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 despres@uthscsa.edu.

@saludamerica