Salud America! is a nonprofit network launched in 2007 that develops multimedia communications to educate and motivate its national online network—more than 50,000 kids, parents, teachers, academics, healthcare providers, and community leaders—to take action to reduce Latino childhood obesity and build a culture of health. Community Commons is proud to partner with Salud America! in the effort to provide data and research to affect communities across the country.
New Research Material
Throughout 2016, Salud America! will release research packages with specific recommendations for Latinos based on RWJF’s Five Big Bets:
- Ensure that all children enter kindergarten at a healthy weight.
- Make a healthy school environment the norm and not the exception across the United States.
- Make physical activity a part of the everyday experience for children and youth.
- Make healthy foods and beverages the affordable, available, and desired choice in all neighborhoods and communities.
- Eliminate the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages among 0-5 year olds.
Check out the research already available in the Salud America! Hub on Community Commons!
“Latino kids don’t get enough exercise, so it’s critical to make parks, school playgrounds, and other recreational sites safer and more accessible to help Latino kids be active and fight obesity,” said Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director of Salud America! and the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Salud America!’s Active Spaces and Latino Kids research package includes an in-depth review of the latest science on the U.S. physical activity environment and policy recommendations for Latinos. Research shows that 81% of Latino neighborhoods do not have a recreational facility, compared with 38% of white neighborhoods. Fear of crime and poor neighborhood conditions also prohibit Latino kids from being active.
Healthy Weight Entering Kindergarten
Maternal obesity, less exclusive breastfeeding, and workplace and childcare are issues that affect nutrition and physical activity levels, according to a new package of research: Healthy Weight by Kindergarten for Latino Kids. Obese Latina moms gave birth to kids who were 1.8 times more likely to be obese than their peers.
Healthy School Environment
Research shows that Latino-majority schools tend to have weaker policies on school snacks and drinks than white-majority schools, may be less likely to implement nutritional guidelines, and offer few programs or access to facilities for physical activity. Salud America!’s Healthier Schools and Latino Kids research tackles the latest science on the Latino school environment and offers policy recommendations.
Join the Hub and Become a Leader!
To stay up to date on topics related to Latino childhood obesity and health, consider joining Community Commons and become a member of the Salud America! Hub. Members can even sign up to become a Salud Leader to receive a free jump rope, a customized health report for your area, and be featured on our national map of Leaders. You can also follow Salud America! (@SaludToday) on social media on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.