What Does Miley Cyrus Twerking Have to do with Junk Food?
Food Environment / Junk Food / Marketing / Soda

What Does Miley Cyrus Twerking Have to do with Junk Food?

When my oldest was in first grade she came home from school one day lamenting, “Everyone’s a fan of Hannah Montana but me.” We didn’t (and still don’t) have cable TV so she had never seen the show. That afternoon I watched some clips of it on YouTube and thought it seemed more like a teen soap opera than something a 6-year-old … Continue reading

Back to School Board Meeting
Advocacy / Food as Reward / Food Environment / Policy / School

Back to School Board Meeting

My kids are back to school so I’m back to work advocating for school wellness.   I attended last night’s school board meeting and shared these remarks: Good evening and thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak with you again.  I was glad to read that Dr. Shelton described his first year as Fayette County Superintendent … Continue reading

What’s Worse Than A Woman in a Cupcake Bra Shilling Soda to Kids?
Advocacy / School / Soda

What’s Worse Than A Woman in a Cupcake Bra Shilling Soda to Kids?

Katy Perry joins the long line of celebrity soda shills who use their popularity with children to undermine our nation’s health. For Pepsi and Perry, the development builds on a relationship that began last year around promotions for the entertainer’s Katy Perry: Part of Me 3-D movie. And it marks yet another music-based appeal made by the top … Continue reading

So the Principal Read My Middle School Junk Food Post…
Advocacy / Food Environment / School

So the Principal Read My Middle School Junk Food Post…

So the principal at my daughter’s new school read my post about the middle school orientation junk food fest and contacted me. I have to admit being somewhat apprehensive about meeting with her to discuss it. Four years ago, when another principal asked for a meeting, it didn’t go very well. She and the District’s Elementary School Services Director were … Continue reading

Middle School Orientation Junk Food Fest
Food Environment / Junk Food / School / Soda / Sugar

Middle School Orientation Junk Food Fest

I was warned.  Last night I attended my oldest daughter’s middle school orientation.  The information card that was sent home had a logo for the Kona Ice truck that would “stop by during our event to help us celebrate” as well as a coupon for free pizza and a drink.  Sure enough, the snow cone truck was parked next to the school … Continue reading