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Salud America! Launches Website to Combat Latino Youth Obesity

A new website developed at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio seeks to fight against Latino childhood obesity that leads to poor health and diabetes.

Salud America!, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, created the website. Salud is based at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR), which is part of the School of Medicine at the Health Science Center.

The website features a clearinghouse of information and resources focused on promoting changes meant to improve the health of Latino kids across the nation.

“We believe this website is a critical tool to showcase the latest healthy changes for Latino kids that are popping up across the country, and also to educate and motivate people to start creating changes of their own, like opening playgrounds to the public after school hours or starting up a community garden,” says Amelie G. Ramirez, director of Salud America! and the IHPR. “What’s great is that you can find what changes are happening in your own backyard, or see what’s happening 1,000 miles away and how you might be able to make that happen in your area.”

Right now on the site you can create maps to see where changes are happening for Latino children; find resources to help initiate these programs in your area; watch and read about real-life success stories; and upload your own success stories to the site.

Latino kids suffer disproportionately from weight problems according to recent research with 39.1 percent of Latino kids ages 2-19 that are overweight or obese, compared to 31.8 percent for U.S. children overall.