Salsa, Sabor y Salud

SSS Logo NLCI logo letterheadSalsa, Sabor y Salud was developed to improve awareness of habits leading to better nutrition and increased physical activity for Latino families with children 12 and younger. Families participate actively in a series of eight sessions that reinforce the importance of achieving “energy balance” through healthier food choices and increased levels of physical activity.

  • Salsa, Sabor y Salud understands that big changes begin with small steps.
  • Salsa, Sabor y Salud values Latino traditions and values. The program’s unique approach builds on Latino family values, experiences, traditions, language and cultural strengths. The cultural traditions make it easy.
  • It enhances family time, creating opportunities for families to play, cook and eat together.
  • Salsa, Sabor y Salud is a completely bilingual program.
  • This program responds to the urgent need for education initiatives that effectively connect with and engage Latino families in daily choices that lead to a lifetime of “energy balance” and wellness.
  • The program was developed for community based organizations, schools, clinics, wellness programs, and other agencies and organizations working with Latino families. It is flexible, allowing a variety of programs to create their own implementation strategies.
  • Salsa, Sabor y Salud conveys important research based information by recognizing and valuing the contributions of Latinos to the global table.
  • The two-day hands-on training provides participants with the tools and strategies they need to implement the Salsa, Sabor y Salud at their program.
  • Salsa, Sabor y Salud received the 2007 American Dietetic Association/American Dietetic Association Foundation Presidents’ Circle Award for Best Nutrition Education.

How it works

The entire family participates in a series of eight, hour and a half sessions.

Three groups are formed to allow for hands-on, age-appropriate activities at each session

  • La Familia—adults
  • Los ninos—from 3 to 7 years old
  • Los chicos—from 8 to 12 years old

Every session reinforces four key messages:

  • Eat foods from each of the food groups every day.
  • Be sensible about portions.
  • Be physically active every day.
  • Take small steps for success.

Every session provides experiences and tips that promote:

  • Healthier food choices compatible with the lifestyle and cuisine of Latino families.
  • Fun physical activities for the entire family.
  • Discussion on the concept of “energy balance.”
  • Cultural heritage and lifestyle connections to wellness.


The following links are executive summaries of the Salsa, Sabor y Salud program evaluations.

2005 Evaluation – University of Illinois

2008 Evaluation – University of California, Los Angeles

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Kraft Foods and its Foundation has committed $7.5 million since 2002 to support the development and implementation of the Salsa, Sabor y Salud curriculum with local community partners in recent collaboration with YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), the program will be offered at
Ys in 130 communities nationwide over the next three years.

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