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Tweet Chat: How Out-of-School Programs Could Affect #LatinoHealth

Out-of-school time providers are in a unique position to support or hinder healthy eating and physical activity for youth.

Join @Natlafterschool and @SaludToday for #SaludTues on Twitter at 1 p.m. ET, Tuesday, September 13, 2016, to tweet about "How Out-of-Schools Programs Can Impact #LatinoHealth."

Many studies show that physical activity positively affects a child's physical and mental development. Unfortunately, Latino youth face many cultural, social, economic, political and psychosocial barriers to being physically active, such as less time during the school day for recess and physical education, as well as lack of access to safe places to walk, bike and play outside of school.

Out-of-school time providers can play a critical role in supporting physical activity for youth, thus having an impact on their development and lifelong habits.

Please join us September 13, 2016, to tweet about how out-of-schools providers could make an impact on Latino health.

  • WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: "How Out-of-Schools Programs Can Impact #LatinoHealth"
  • TIME/DATE: 1 – 2 p.m. ET, Tuesday, September 13, 2016
  • WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues
  • HOST: @SaludToday
  • CO-HOSTS: National AfterSchool Association (@NatlAfterSchool), Texas State Alliance of YMCAs (@TexasYmcas) and Baylor University Texas Hunger Initiative (@Texas_Hunger
  • Optional Hashtags: #HEPA #DASH #SafeRoutes4All

We'll open the floor to your experiences and stories as we discuss:

  • Why it's important to look beyond the traditional school day when considering kids' nutrition and physical activity.
  • How HEPA standards can impact Latino kid's physical activity.
  • What role Latino families can play in encouraging/supporting out-of-school providers in adopting HEPA standards.

Be sure to use the hashtag #SaludTues to follow the conversation on Twitter and share your strategies, stories and resources for supporting breastfeeding.

#SaludTues is a weekly Tweetchat about Latino health at 12 p.m. CT/1 p.m. ET every Tuesday and hosted by @SaludToday, the Latino health social media campaign for the team at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.