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5/1/17

Big Changes to Get Families Outside!

Kids need physical activity to help control weight, reduce disease risk, and improve mental health.

Here are three heroes who help Latino families play more!

Irma Rivera: 1st Park in 92701

Irma Rivera, California MomIrma Rivera saw a child nearly hit by a car while playing in an empty parking lot in park-poor Santa Ana, Calif (78% Latino).

Rivera vowed action.

She and other moms teamed with non-profit Latino Health Access to get land and money to build the area’s first public park and community center.

“Not to let [our kids] be cooped up, but provide them a green space, and be open and active,” Rivera said.

Fany Mendez: Fitness Hero

Fany Mendez of Westwood UnidosA bar isn’t the best place to teach fitness classes.

So class instructor Fany Mendez of Westwood Unidos helped turn a to-be-demolished building into a community center, La Casita, in Denver (31% Latino).

La Casita now hosts educational and fitness classes.

“We’ve already seen a growth in participation of about 60-70%” after opening, Mendez said.

Pete Garcia: Fitness in the Park

Pete Garcia, Fitness in the Park in San AntonioWould free fitness classes entice more people into parks in San Antonio (63% Latino)?

Pete Garcia, a health official, used grant funds to create “Fitness in the Park” classes (boot camp, yoga, zumba), got volunteer class leaders, and tested it in 2011.

Fitness in the Park proved so successful that city leaders took over the program when its funding ran out.

It grew from 23,424 participants in 2013 to 67,000 in 2016.

“To see how they’ve…created this huge program out of it—it’s satisfying,” Garcia said.

Go here to see how you can create Active Spaces!

mental health heroes

MENTAL HEALTH: Student, Teachers Push Big Ideas!

Student Jestina Ortega and Drs. Irán Barrera and Kevin Cokley led unique changes for mental health training, research, and support.

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latina girl air pollution factory

TWEETCHATS: Air Quality, Mental Health, Liver Cancer!

Use #SaludTues at 1p ET Tuesday to tweet on the importance of air quality (5/2), mental health (5/9), & cancer (5/16) for Latinos!

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latina picking fresh fruit and vegetables

NEWS: Helping At-Risk Families Buy Fresh Produce

Double UP Food Bucks Arizona gives SNAP users a free dollar for every dollar spent on fruits and veggies at local farmers markets.

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bicycle lane

WHITE PAPER: How to Design the Environment for Health

NCCOR’s new paper explores how “behavioral design” can create environments for healthy eating and active living.

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Rx for Produce

Rx for Health!

Kaely Summers and Adelante Mujeres wanted to make a difference in preventing disease and obesity in Forest Grove, Ore. (23% Latino). So they teamed up with a local clinic to provide patients with prescriptions for healthy food at their local farmers market.

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Summer cooking camp Elena Dennis

Summer Cooking Camp!

Elena Dennis interned for a project that used diet to fight disease. So, as a high school senior in Novato, Calif. (23% Latino), she created Camp Cauliflower to help kids discover the fun of learning how to prepare, cook, and eat healthy foods made from scratch.

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30-20-10 physical activity in Chicago schools

30-20-10 in Schools!

Stephanie Whyte of Chicago Public Schools (45% Latino) helped create a policy to offer every student 30 minutes of P.E., 20 minutes of recess, and 10 minutes of in-class activity breaks. See how they did it, and how you might do the same in your school!

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