Sabor y Salud improves awareness of habits leading to better nutrition and increased physical activity for Latino families with children 12 and under.
Salsa, Sabor y Salud builds on the rich traditions and values of Hispanic and Latino cultures to help families adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles. Families participate in eight weekly group sessions that help them learn about making healthier food choices and incorporating physical activity into their routines. Each week features a different theme incorporating traditional Hispanic and Latino culture.
Salsa, Sabor y Salud is one of few programs that encourage participation from the entire family. It is also one of the few programs that is specifically designed for relevance to Hispanic and Latino families and allows Ys to create relationships with other community-based organizations that support them.
The program is offered in partnership with the National Latino Children’s Institute (NLCI) and Kraft Foods and addresses the growing obesity rates and inactivity levels among Latino children in America. Designed by Latinos for Latinos, Salsa, Sabor y Salud was the first national program of its kind designed to encourage healthy lifestyles among Latino families. Kraft Foods and National Latino Children’s Institute (NLCI) launched the program in 2003, and together with the YMCA, continue to bring the program to additional communities.