Salud America! fills the research void, employing an ecological approach—focused on society, school, family, and the individual—to prevent and reduce childhood obesity among Latino children.
Salud America! accomplishments to date:
- Developed a national advisory committee and online network of researchers, community leaders, and health groups to reverse Latino childhood obesity.
- Developed a research priority agenda on Latino childhood obesity prevention.
- Funded pilot research projects and provided training and mentorships to researchers.
- Disseminated findings through scientific meetings.
Salud America! also created communication channels, to inform network members of news and funding opportunities, and to offer information to the general public through social media at a later time.
“During the past 5 years, Salud America! has substantially increased awareness of Latino childhood obesity issues, the number of investigators examining those issues, and the evidence base;” these authors conclude. “The network’s pilot studies documented important societal, cultural, community, and family factors contributing to Latino childhood obesity and identified policy implications and recommendations for combating the epidemic.”
- 1. An Introduction to Salud America!
- 2. Salud America! A National Research Network to Build the Field and Evidence to Prevent Latino Childhood Obesity
- 3. Salud Tiene Sabor
- 4. Growing Healthy Kids
- 5. Afterschool Program Participation, Youth Physical Fitness, and Overweight
- 6. Bridging Research and Policy to Address Childhood Obesity Among Border Hispanics
- 7. Combining Photovoice and Focus Groups
- 8. Latina Voices in Childhood Obesity
- 9. Latino Church Leaders' Perspectives on Childhood Obesity Prevention
- 10. Video Game-Based Exercise, Latino Children's Physical Health, and Academic Achievement
- 11. Latino Families, Primary Care, and Childhood Obesity
- 12. Summer and Follow-Up Interventions to Affect Adiposity with Mothers and Daughters
- 13. Food Purchasing Selection Among Low-Income, Spanish-Speaking Latinos
- 14. Obesity Among Latino Children Within a Migrant Farmworker Community
- 15. Exploring Potential Research Contributions to Policy
- 16. Seeking Environmental and Policy Solutions to Address Latino Childhood Obesity
- 17. Building Strategies and Leadership for Change
- 18. San Antonio as a Face of the Future