Champions for Children’s Health
Advocacy / Food Environment / Policy / School / Sugar

Champions for Children’s Health

I was interviewed for a recent program on Kentucky Educational Television’s Champions for Children’s Health.  It was great to have an opportunity to share the good work happening in Kentucky with programs like Better Bites, PTA 5K, and more. The show is available to watch online at http://www.ket.org/health/healththree60/champions.htm Meet children’s health “champions”—individuals who are inspired to make a … Continue reading

A Sweet Halloween Swap
Sugar

A Sweet Halloween Swap

Another Halloween is fast approaching, bringing with it more than $2.2 billion in candy.  For parents who work hard year-round to help their children stay within the recommended limits for added sugar, finding a way to deal with the typical trick-or-treat candy haul can be daunting.   Since they were very young, I have offered my children a deal.  … Continue reading

Kudos to McDonald’s? Not So Fast
Advocacy / Fast Food / Marketing / School / Soda

Kudos to McDonald’s? Not So Fast

“When do you praise large companies for their sustainability efforts? Is it appropriate to commend them for their steps, even if small?” Lindsay Dahl, who blogs about food and health, posed these questions to a roundtable of bloggers, including me.*   I assert that the answer depends on another important question: Are the small steps taken … Continue reading

What Were They Thinking?
Fast Food / Marketing / Uncategorized

What Were They Thinking?

What were they thinking? Mark Bittman asked this question about the Alliance for a Healthier Generation partnering with McDonald’s in his recent column.  After talking with some of the people who work for the Alliance, the common justification is “people are going to eat there no matter what so we should try to make it healthier.”  Adding a side … Continue reading

Pink Newspaper Omits Prevention
Cancer / Exercise / Food as Reward / Sugar

Pink Newspaper Omits Prevention

Once again our local newspaper turned pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month but left out any mention of prevention. The American Institute for Cancer Prevention (AICR) recommends a combination of a healthy diet, regular physical activity and healthy body weight to lower the risk of cancer. The AICR estimates that 38 percent of all breast cancer … Continue reading

FIT Kids Act
Exercise / Policy

FIT Kids Act

Here is my Letter to the Editor published in the Lexington Herald- Leader on Oct 3, 2013 : Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions, increasing our children’s risk for heart disease and stroke. Regular physical activity is critical to ensuring a brighter, healthier future for our nation’s youth. But not enough kids are physically active, … Continue reading