WIN Notes Update: April

WIN Notes Update*

April 2014

NIH releases new data on Hispanic health

A new resource from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides data on the health and lifestyles of Hispanics. The data come from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL). HCHS/SOL includes more than 16,000 adults in San Diego, Chicago, Miami, and the Bronx, NY.

Key findings in the data book include these:

  • Diabetes is common among Hispanics. It affects about 1 in 4 adults ages 45 to 64, and almost half of those ages 65 to 74.
  • Obesity is most common among those of Puerto Rican origin (nearly half) and least common among those originating from South America (about 3 in 10).
  • High blood pressure is most common among those of Cuban origin (just under one-third) and least common among those of South American origin (roughly 1 in 5).

You can find the data book in English and Spanish at

April is National Minority Health Month

Promote health with these resources

WIN offers content that supports minority health. Examples include

  • WIN’s Sisters Together program, which is designed to help black women move more and make healthy food and beverage choices. For more, go to

WIN Publications

Study finds overweight kids four times as likely to become obese teens

Findings suggest efforts to prevent obesity should start early

Overweight mother and her overweight child walking outside

Kids who are overweight by age 5 may be four times more likely to be obese by age 14 than children at a healthy weight at age 5. A new study funded by the NIH looked at data from about 7,700 kids who started kindergarten in 1998. The children’s height and weight were measured seven times until they were in eighth grade. At the start of the study, about 12 percent of the kids were obese. By eighth grade, about 21 percent were obese.

Almost one-third of kids who were overweight but not obese when they started kindergarten became obese by age 14, compared with about 8 percent of normal-weight kids. Most moved from overweight to obesity before fifth grade.

A high birth weight was also linked to teen obesity. More than one-third of kids who weighed more than 8.8 pounds at birth were obese by eighth grade. The study does not explain why high birth weight or early overweight may lead to teen obesity. But findings suggest that efforts to prevent obesity should start early.

For more on this study, go to

Watch for the next issue of the WIN Notes Update for…

…ways to mark National Physical Fitness and Sports Month in May. 


Connect with WIN

Visit WIN’s Facebook page this month for tips about how you can improve your health and the health of others.

Updated Walking brochure is now online

Walking brochure cover

WIN has released an updated version of Walking…A Step in the Right Direction. This brochure features ideas for starting a walking program, safety tips, a sample program, and stretches for walkers. Check it out at


Get 10 free copies of select WIN items

WIN is having a fire sale! Call us today at 1–877–946–4627 for 10 free copies of Weight Loss for Life and Tips to Help You Get Active. These brochures can help you or someone you know adopt healthy eating and physical activity habits.

Visit WIN at April events

April 2–4: WIN will be at the 2014 National Convention & Expo of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance in St. Louis, MO. If you are at this event, please visit us at booth 1818. We hope to see you there!  

April 19: Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), will speak at the African American Health Program’s 1st Annual Community Health Day. This event will take place from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus of Montgomery College, in the Charlene R. Nunley Student Services Center at 7625 Fenton Street, Takoma Park, MD. Stop by NIDDK’s display to browse content from WIN and other NIDDK programs.