How Two Towns Saved Public Swimming Pools from Demolition!

Swimming may be the perfect physical activity to help Latino kids achieve good physical and mental health.

But cities often make the painful choice to shut their pools to save the budget.

Public pool closures can hurt low-income and Latino and racial/ethnic communities where the pool may be the only luxury.

What can community residents do?

In two towns, Salud Heroes stepped up in unique ways when their local pools were to be cemented in!

Hannah Lieder: Saving a Public Pool in the Heart of Minneapolis

Hannah Lieder Phillips Pool had been open for 22 years in the heart of urban Minneapolis, Minn. (10.5% Latino), when it shut down for renovations in 2009.

Renovations turned into demolition plans given the pool’s poor state and high maintenance costs.

That left Minneapolis with just three public pools—all in wealthy parts of town.

That sparked local swim advocate Hannah Lieder into action.


Facebook: Helps Save a City Pool in Loretto, Tenn.

Loretto Save the Pool Facebook PageIn 2011, the one and only public pool in Loretto, Tenn. (2% Latino), closed due to safety concerns.

But residents started a “Save the Loretto City Pool” Facebook page.

The page served to push for a new pool and keep residents informed of updates, and they encouraged each other to speak up and attend public meetings.


Dr. Lyft for Medical Appointments


Lyft is teaming with Blue Cross Blue Shield to offer free rides to members to help reduce missed doctor appointments.

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Latino men's health

TWEETCHATS: Men’s Health, Tobacco Control, Swimming!

Use #SaludTues at 1p ET Tuesday to tweet on Latino men’s health (6/6), tobacco control (6/13), & benefits of swimming (6/20)!

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humans protect bike lanes

NEWS: A ‘Human’ Bike Lane in SF

To prevent cars from using bike lanes, folks in San Francisco formed a human barrier to show the need for protected bike lanes.

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animated video on zip codes

VIDEO: A Tale of Two Zip Codes

Watch a George Takei-narrated animated video from the California Endowment about how where you live affects your life and health.

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Portland Timbers soccer for kids

Soccer Fields for All!

Soccer enthusiasts Shawn Levy and Ricki Ruiz led innovative campaigns to fix and build new soccer fields and futsal courts in disadvantaged areas of Oregon, with the help of the Portland Timbers professional soccer team and fans.

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Fit Pass in San Antonio

San Antonio: Fit Pass!

To spur activity in San Antonio (68% Latino, parks worker Michael Baldwin wanted to attract people to existing health programs and services in city parks. Baldwin and his team developed Fit Pass, a city-wide scavenger hunt for wellness activities.

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Farmers market education

Market for Kids!

Led by Adelante Mujeres, a group of managers of farmer’s markets in Oregon teamed up to create the Market Sprouts Kids Club club to teach Latino and other kids who come to the market about farming, the benefits of fresh produce and healthy eating.

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About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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