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South African Sugary Beverage Policies Effective For Rural Schools

In Vhembe-Mutale school district, sugary drinks have been banned since the beginning of the school year. The change has been successful and popular according to Health24, as parents like Tambulani Mbedzi explained that her child was suffering from headaches and found out that it was due to drinking a lot of sugary drinks at school being sold by hawkers. Children would buy two or three bottles of sugary drinks at a lower price from these hawkers that were selling sugary drinks to kids at school. The deputy principal at the school, Rendani Nemufulwi complained that because of these hawkers, that would even try to sell to kids secretly, kids were drinking tons of sugary drinks at the school and were less inclined to eat nutritious foods. Parents are happy about the changes, ...

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Rural Latinos More Likely to Die from Top 5 Causes of Death

Latino farm boy in poverty and food insecurity

Latinos and others living in rural areas are more likely to die from heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease, stroke, and unintentional injuries than their urban counterparts. These top-five causes of death account for 62% of all U.S. deaths. Among those living in rural areas, over 70,000 of these deaths were preventable, The Washington Post reports on a CDC study, including 25,000 individuals who died from heart disease and 19,000 who died from cancer. Although just 15% of the U.S. population is considered rural, they tend to be older, in poorer health, have less income and healthcare, and weight more, smoke more, and have higher blood pressure than the urban population, the Post reports. Latinos face even higher risks of heart diseases because of the disparities in ...

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Rural Latinos Are More Likely to Die from the Top 5 Causes of Death


People living in rural areas are more likely to die from heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease, stroke, and unintentional injuries than their urban counterparts. The top five causes of death accounted for more than 1.5 million deaths in the United States in 2014. This figure accounts for 62% of all the deaths in the country at that time. Among those living in rural areas, over 70,000 of these deaths were preventable, The Washington Post reports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determined that of the preventable deaths, 25,000 individuals died from heart disease and 19,000 died from cancer. Latinos face even higher risks of cardiovascular diseases because of the disparities in high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes compared to whites. Cancer is the ...

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USDA Invests $74 Million for Affordable Rural Rental Housing

Financial stress has been linked to numerous negative health concerns. The stress felt from financial pressure can affect appetites and sleep patterns and greatly impact overall physical and mental well-being. One of the most pressing financial stressors people deal with stems from paying for housing. IN rural areas, the difficulties of finding affordable housing is often exacerbated. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently invested over $74 million to build and preserve affordable rural rental housing for families across the country. In order to reduce health disparities, it is critical to address inequities in programs, practices, and policies. Join our site, connect with others, and get involved. “[The] USDA's multi-family housing program has ...

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State Offices of Rural Health Grant Program Accepting Applications Through January

The Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration State Offices of Rural Health grant program is accepting grant applications through January 15, 2016. States with State Offices of Rural Health looking for  assistance in strengthening rural health care delivery systems should apply. Each State Office of Rural Health must conduct the following activities: Establish and maintain within the state a clearinghouse for collecting and disseminating information on Rural health care issues Research findings relating to rural health care Innovative approaches to the delivery of health care in rural areas Coordinate the activities carried out in the state that relate to rural health care, including providing coordination for the ...

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Young Rural Latinos Experience Discrimination Obtaining Health Care

According to finding recently published in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, young Latinos living in rural areas face discrimination when they try to obtain health care services. This could be a contributing factor in disparities in Latino health outcomes. Nearly 40% of the 349 young, adult Latinos (between the ages of 18-25) living in rural Oregon interviewed said they had experienced discrimination. This discrimination included being prevented access to services, being “hassled,” or being made to feel inferior in some way. Nearly 45% of foreign-born Latinos reported discrimination compared to nearly 32% of U.S.-born Latinos. The researchers’ goal was to better understand the role discrimination, or perceived discrimination, pays in the access Latinos have to ...

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Reach for More: Healthier Beverage Vending for Government Agencies in Rural Settings

California’s rural communities face physical, geographic, social, and economic barriers to good health. High obesity rates in rural areas point to the need for healthier eating and drinking habits. CA4Health, in collaboration with ChangeLab Solutions, developed Reach for More: Healthier Beverage Vending for Government Agencies in Rural Settings to help communities assess their current procurement and vending contracts and policies. This guide outlines the context, steps, and relationships necessary for successfully implementing healthy vending in rural settings. While the guide is geared towards rural communities in California, any rural community in the U.S. could benefit from from information shared. Download the guide ...

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Toolkit: Rural Childhood Obesity Prevention

Although some communities have already seen obesity rates drop, many still lack access to healthy foods and safe places to play.  This is especially true for rural communities, where obesity rates remain higher than in urban areas. To equip rural communities with the tools they need to fight childhood obesity, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Leadership for Healthy Communities has developed the Rural Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit. With this toolkit, readers can learn more about what puts rural youth at risk for becoming overweight or obese. The toolkit also provides insight into specific policy actions that can serve to improve active living and healthy eating in rural communities. The Rural Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit features two sections: Part 1: ...

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Shared Use Agreements Spread to Rural and Urban Communities

According to a Safe Routes National Partnership blog, two communities that are finding success with shared use agreements are the Cumberland Valley in Kentucky and Los Angeles, California (48.5% Latino). Shared use agreements are formal agreements that keep school playgrounds open to the public, during non-school hours. With access to green space, playground equipment, and fitness trails, through a shared use agreement, kids and their families can be more active. Because Latino kids often live in low-income neighborhoods that lack safe places to play, and because they have fewer opportunities to stay active after school hours, it's important for community partners to find ways to enter shared use agreements with local schools, churches, and recreational centers. In South Los ...

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