#SaludTues Tweetchat 7/18: You’re the Mom!

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Busy schedules and the convenience of fast food make it hard for families to eat healthy. This is especially true for Latino and African American communities where fast food tends to be more abundant and access to grocery stores is limited. Moms have the power to make a change! Let's use #SaludTues on July 18, 2017, to tweet about empowering moms to make healthy food choices for their family, including the awesome digital tools that are part of the "You’re the Mom" campaign! WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “You’re the Mom: Making Meals Healthy & Fun for Kids” TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. ET (12-1 p.m. CT), Tuesday, July 18, 2017 WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludToday CO-HOSTS: ...

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Tweetchat 12/13: A Healthy Holiday How-To

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You don't need us to tell you how stressful the holidays can be. So how can we work together to turn the holiday season into a heart-healthy, less-stressed holiday for Latinos, who are at high risk of diabetes and unhealthy weight? Let’s use #SaludTues on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, to tweet info and tips to help us reduce stress and boost healthy eating and activity over the holidays. WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “A Healthy Holiday How-To” TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT) Tuesday, Dec, 13 2015 WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludToday CO-HOSTS: My Food Diary (@MyFoodDiary), KidsHealth.org (@KidsHealth), the National Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Sponsor Association (@NationalCACFP) We’ll open the floor to your stories and ...

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3 Ways to Boost Your Health

If you’re like many parents, you probably don’t have enough time to go to the gym every day. Being a parent can be hectic—especially when you have to juggle work, children, and family. What can you do to stay healthy without spending hundreds of hours at the gym every week? Exercise Doctors recommend exercising your heart at least 30 minutes a day to stay in optimal health conditions. For example, you can walk during lunch time, run/jog in place while you watch your favorite novela, or go bicycle riding with your children to the nearest park. Eat Healthy Mom was right, we are what we eat. Stop eating foods high in saturated fats, salt, and cholesterol. Replace junk food with fruits, vegetables, and plenty of water. Meditate Plenty of studies have proven that ...

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Survey: Kids’ Healthy Habits Decline During Summer; Latino Parents Most Concerned

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This summer, many kids will spend many sunny days indoors staring at a screen, getting little exercise and reaching for lots of sugary drinks, according to the YMCA's Family Health Snapshot survey of 1,200 parents, Today.com reports. Here are some key findings: About 64% of parents said their kids spend three or more hours a day online, playing video games or watching TV during the summer. That's 30% more screen time than during the school year. While produce consumption rises during the summer months, many kids still don't eat the recommended amount of vegetables. Only 26% of kids spend more than an hour each day reading a book for fun during the summer. About 75% of kids consume sugary drinks at least weekly during the summer, and 25% of kids average one or more sugary ...

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USDA Funds 17 Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs, Several of Them Will Target Latinos

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded funds to 17 different universities and colleges working to develop and evaluate programs to prevent childhood obesity.  Of the programs that have been selected to receive funding, several will target Latino children, who continue to be a high risk demographic for becoming overweight or obese. Some of the universities which will specifically target Latinos with their programs include the following: California State University: Will work to better understand ways to promote healthier eating behaviors through mindful eating among children & families in the Hispanic community. University of California: Will work to advance the fight against pediatric obesity by focusing on the expansion of both the traditional expanded food ...

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Healthy Education for Young Latinas

Carondelet Health Network, which currently operates Holy Cross Hospital, and funded by a 2010 donation from Dr. Harold and Mrs. Nancy Cunningham offers health classes to young Latino students. The classes are often given as teleconferences and involve multiple schools in Southern Arizona simultaneously, but the Desert Shadows class was in-person, reports Nogales International. During the class, Gwen Gallegos (a diabetes educator) sketched out the food and lifestyle choices that can significantly decrease the chances of the young girls developing diabetes, a chronic illness that can lead to a host of complications, including heart and kidney failure, amputations and blindness. “With kids, our whole goal is diabetes prevention and just making children aware of what they eat and ...

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Kids’ Healthy Snack Zones Coming to Grocery Stores

With all the Smart Snack changes rolling out in schools nationwide this fall, attention may begin to turn to what kids are buying at the grocery store. One food company is making major improvements in what they offer and how they market it to kids. Giant Eagle is in the process of installing the go-to kid sections, labeled "Kids' Healthy Snack Zone," in about 400 stores in the mid-Atlantic and Ohio. And Walmart is piloting the concept in 30 stores in California, with plans to roll it out to 1,500 stores later this fall. Bolthouse Farms is responsible for making this effort in grocery stores throughout the US. They are the same company that released the extreme baby carrot campaign, which marketed ranch and chili-lime dusted carrots as go-to snacks for kids. The company has been ...

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Better Snacks and Breakfast for Students in El Monte City, CA

El Monte City School District lies about 20 miles east of the heart of Los Angeles, California. Many of its children are first-generation Mexican Americans, and 91 percent of the children participate in the free- and reduced- price lunch program. This Alliance for a Healthier Generation school has been making some big changes to the snacks it offers students in the after-school program. Many of El Monte’s students also stay at their schools until after 5 pm, participating in after school activities and athletic programs.  The district offered a small after school snack of milk and fruit, but with children playing rigorous sports and expending a lot of energy, the snack wasn’t enough. Instead of getting rid of the program due to low participation, El Monte strengthened it. ...

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New Guide: How to Promote Better Health for All

Low-income communities, particularly communities of color, are more likely to lack access to healthy foods, smoke-free air, and safe places to play and be active. But these health inequalities are preventable. A new tool, A Practitioner's Guide for Advancing Health Equity, can help public health practitioners work at the community level to tackle health inequities through policy, systems, and environmental improvements designed to enhance tobacco-free living, healthy eating, and active living among the underserved. The guide, from the Prevention Institute and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, has practical tips on how you can build change for health equity: Tips to help you and your colleagues build organizational capacity; develop partnerships; foster meaningful ...

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