Puerto Rico Childhood Obesity Parents Fine
Puerto Rican Parents Could Soon Be Punished For Their Children's Weight
By Cristina Arreola | 02/11/2015 - 11:01

Lawmakers in Puerto Rico have proposed a bill that would fine parents up to $800 for obese children. Introduced by Sen.

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National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month: Get Moving!
National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month: Get Moving!
By American Heart Association | 09/23/2014 - 12:43

And we have made it to week 4 of the American Heart Association’s EmpowerMEnt Challenge

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Mother and Daughter Eating Healthy
National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month: How to Engage Kids In Healthy Choices!
By American Heart Association | 09/04/2014 - 10:53

According to a recent research by the American Heart Association, Hispanic pre-school age children are four tim

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Childhood Obesity Rates Finally Declining
Childhood Obesity Rates Finally Declining
By Amaris Castillo | 08/07/2013 - 10:58

For the first time in a long time, the childhood obesity rate among U.S. children is declining. According to Fox News Latino, health officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced this week that there were at least small drops in obesity for low-income preschoolers in 19 states.

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Michelle Obama and Janet Murguia at NCLR Conference
Michelle Obama Addresses Latino Group: 6 Key Things We Must Know
By Irina Gonzalez | 07/24/2013 - 17:10

First Lady Michelle Obama is nothing if not the strongest advocate fighting the childhood obesity epidemic. From launching the Let’s Move campaign to tirelessly living a healthy lifestyle herself (I mean, have you SEEN those toned arms?!), she’s someone that we can’t help but admire.

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childhood obesity commentary
Commentary: Junk Food Commercials Are Targeting Latino Kids In Childhood Obesity Epidemic Fight
By Irina Gonzalez | 05/09/2013 - 16:59

When I was a child and my family first came to the U.S., I remember going to McDonald’s and drinking a lot of soda constantly. Although I was always a bit on the chubby site, it wasn’t long before my weight ballooned up thanks to all of the junk food advertising I was suddenly seeing everywhere. 

I remember fighting with my mom as a teen, when she tried to get me to cut back on my soda habit. I refused. It shouldn’t have surprised me when, a couple of years later, my weight hit 200 pounds. At 5’2”, that was quite a big number. 

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Getting Kids Active
Muévelo: How to Combat Childhood Obesity
By Grace Bastidas | 05/10/2011 - 11:15

Childhood obesity has become an epidemic in the Latino community, and, according to a recent study conducted by Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, inactive parents are largely responsible for their kids’ excess weight. Even First Lady Michelle Obama is telling us we need our kids to get a move on, so it’s time to shut off the television and get yourself and your children out and about.

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Latino Children Mirror Parents Poor Exercise Habits
Latino Children Mirror Poor Exercise Habits of Parents
By Irasema Romero | 04/15/2011 - 15:30

Latino parents may have more control over their children’s health than realized. A new study suggests the activity levels of Hispanic children closely parallel those of their parents.

The study, conducted by researchers from Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville, tracked the physical activity levels of 80 Hispanic parents and their preschool-aged children.  Three months worth of data showed that Hispanic parents play a significant role in setting patterns of physical activity for their children.

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