Research Discovers Promising Approaches to Prevent Latino Childhood Obesity

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - HealthGuided grocery store trips, menu labeling at restaurants, community gardens, and video-game-based exercise programs are among several promising, culturally appropriate ways to prevent obesity among Latino children, according to a new collection of studies from Salud America! The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Research Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children published in a supplement to the March issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Salud America! is a national network of researchers, advocates, and policymakers established in 2007 that seeks environmental and policy solutions to Latino childhood obesity, an American epidemic. Research among Latino communities, schools and families include these findings:

  • Education on nutritious food selection and a guided grocery store trip decreased the total number of calories per dollar spent, challenging the idea that buying healthy foods costs more.
  • Owners of small restaurants can improve access to healthy menu options and continue to publish calorie information on their menus.
  • Tending community gardens or attending nutrition/cooking workshops improved or maintained children’s body mass indices and increased the presence of fruits and vegetables in the home.
  • School educators can use active video games to increase cardio-respiratory endurance and math scores over time among students. To learn more visit,

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