Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH, directs Salud America!, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded Latino childhood obesity research network based at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Ramirez, an internationally recognized cancer health disparities researcher, has spent 30 years directing research on human and organizational communication to reduce chronic disease and cancer health disparities affecting Latinos, including cancer risk factors, clinical trial recruitment, tobacco prevention, obesity prevention, healthy lifestyles, and more. She also founded the SaludToday Latino health blog, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube pages.
Dr. Amelie Ramirez
Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH, directs Salud America!, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded Latino childhood obesity research network based at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Ramirez, an interna
Blog Post List
September 2, 2016
School is back. But many Latino families live near schools that lock courts, fields, and playgrounds after class—meaning kids miss the physical, mental, and social benefits of physical activity and play. That’s why Salud America! has a new campaign to urge schools to boost public access to recreational facilities. Salud America! is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation national program to prevent Latino childhood obesity based at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio (@SaludToday on social media). Here are three actions Latina moms and all moms can take today to boost play for kids: DOWNLOAD...
April 21, 2016
Salud America!, a Latino childhood obesity prevention network, is recruiting Salud Leaders to join a national movement to start and support healthy changes in communities and schools. Who is a Salud Leader? A Salud Leader is a parent, school personnel, academic, or community leader who drives healthy changes like unlocking playgrounds for use after school hours, pushing for healthier food options, starting a farmer’s market, removing sugary drinks from daycares, and more. Why become a Salud Leader? You get (for free): A personal spot on our national Salud Leader map. The ability to connect...
April 15, 2016
Más niños latinos niños de entre las edades de 2-5 años sufren de sobrepeso u obesidad (30%) que los niños blancos (21%). Esto es debido a la obesidad maternal, a la falta de lactancia materna, y a polizas laborales y de cuidado infantil que afectan a la nutrición y a los niveles de actividad física, de acuerdo con un nuevo paquete de investigación de Salud America !, una red nacional para la prevención de la obesidad infantil latina financiada por la Fundación Robert Wood Johnson y con base en el UT Health Science Center en San Antonio. El paquete de investigaciones de Salud America muestra...
February 29, 2016
More Latino kids ages 2-5 are overweight/obese (30%) than white kids (21%). That’s because of maternal obesity, less exclusive breastfeeding, and workplace and childcare issues that affect nutrition and physical activity levels, according to a new package of research from Salud America! , a national network for Latino childhood obesity prevention funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and based at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. Salud America! ’s Healthy Weight by Kindergarten for Latino Kids research shows that half of Latinas are overweight/obese when they get pregnant...
January 21, 2015
Healthy kids need to move it, move it. That’s why Salud America! is presenting six new #SaludHeroes who helped give Latino kids more physical activity. WATCH and VOTE for your favorite play-promoting #SaludHeroes by Jan. 27, 2015, and be entered in a random drawing to win a FREE T-shirt and jump rope! SaludHeroes Voting Contest.jpg #SaludHeroes are: Mud Run for Kids. Elementary teachers Fred Bailon and John Soto started mud runs for students to help fight obesity in San Antonio, Texas, which is mostly Latino. Taking a “Brain Break” in Class. A principal launched brain breaks and new physical...
October 31, 2013
Junk food marketing to kids is a huge piece of the U.S. obesity puzzle and Latino youth are a prime target for marketers, largely because of their large population numbers. Currently they comprise 22% of all U.S. youth and by 2025 will rise to 30%. But sheer numbers aren’t the only reason Latino kids are a prime target of food ads. Latino kids have higher rates of exposure to media—TV, computers, video games, mobile games, etc.—in a typical day than do their white peers, about 13 hours compared with 8.36 hours. And Latino teens have been called “superconsumers” of soda, candy, and snacks...
July 29, 2013
Latino kids have fewer opportunities to engage in physical activity than other kids. Check out this video from Salud America! http://youtu.be/itk2uIjjX0o But culturally relevant school- and community-based programs, better access to active play sites, and education for parents can help young Latinos become more physically active, according to a new package of research materials from Salud America! The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Research Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children. Download the new Salud America! “Active Play & Latino Kids” research materials at www.salud-...
May 21, 2013
Latino students are widely exposed to high-fat, high-sugar snacks and drinks sold in schools, but implementing stronger nutritional standards can yield healthier school snacks for this growing population at high risk of obesity, according to a new package of research materials released today by Salud America! The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Research Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children . The new Salud America! “Healthier School Snacks & Latino Kids” research materials, which can be found at www.salud-america.org , include: A research review with the latest science;...