Easter Candy: Damned If You Do and Damned If You Don’t?
Food Environment / Sugar

Easter Candy: Damned If You Do and Damned If You Don’t?

With Easter coming up, this research about candy and restriction highlights the precarious dilemma parents face on a regular basis. (Hat tip to Natalia Stasenko at Tribeca Nutrition for bringing this study to my attention). Two naturalistic experiments are reported exploring the impact of parental restriction on children’s diets. For study 1, 53 parents gave 75 g of chocolate coins … Continue reading

Another Month, Another School Board Meeting
Advocacy / Food as Reward / Policy / School

Another Month, Another School Board Meeting

Last night I attended another school board meeting to advocate for our district to adopt a strong wellness policy.  Here’s what I said this time: For the past two school years I have regularly attended these monthly meetings to highlight the importance of student health on achievement as well as college and career readiness.  Each month there is new data which shows … Continue reading

Takeaways From CSPI’s “Selfish Giving” Report
Soda

Takeaways From CSPI’s “Selfish Giving” Report

  The day after I published my post about Soda, Fast Food, and Fitness, the Center For Science in the Public Interest released a report titled Selfish Giving: How the Soda Industry Uses Philanthropy to Sweeten its Profits.  It covered some familiar territory including the problems with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics being sponsored by Coke and Pepsi (pg 5-6).  … Continue reading

Soda, Fast Food and Fitness
Junk Food / Marketing / Soda / Sugar

Soda, Fast Food and Fitness

The weather is starting to warm up in Kentucky and I’m looking forward to spring biking and 5K’s with the family.  What I’m not looking forward to is the soda and fast food marketing that so often shows up at these events.  McDonald’s Golden Arches are prominently on display for the Walk/Bike Summit and Kids Legacy Triathlon.  In addition to marketing to kids at school, … Continue reading

Cupcakes, Math and Sugar Limits
Advocacy / Sugar

Cupcakes, Math and Sugar Limits

Since I’ve  previously posted about cupcakes and reading, today I’ll give equal time to math.  It’s only fair since it was my oldest’s Sweet Tarts and M&Ms math worksheets in kindergarten that triggered my food advocacy mission.  Having dealt with this issue for many years, I could hear the refrain “but it’s just one treat” as I wrote about the school … Continue reading

Dr. Suess’s Junk Food Whack-a-mole
Food as Reward / Junk Food

Dr. Suess’s Junk Food Whack-a-mole

The latest in junk food whack-a-mole? Cupcakes at school to celebrate Dr. Suess’s birthday and Read Across America Day.  As if celebrating students’ birthdays didn’t already cover cupcakes in class many times over.  What is it about reading that brings out the junk food? It started in 1985 with Pizza Hut’s BOOK IT! incentive program which rewards … Continue reading