Practicing Guerrilla Nutrition at the PTA Meeting
Advocacy / Food as Reward / Policy / School

Practicing Guerrilla Nutrition at the PTA Meeting

  I was all prepared to spend this school year advocating for a strong school wellness policy that addressed not using food as a reward, healthier celebrations, and healthier fundraising.  Then I found out the Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools had already signed off on a new procedure  this summer.  I’ve posted it here under procedure and am delighted to now be working … Continue reading

Soda Wolves Disguised in Sheep’s Clothing
Fast Food / Marketing / Soda

Soda Wolves Disguised in Sheep’s Clothing

“magically, when they would turn twelve, we’d suddenly attack them like a bunch of wolves“ I was reminded of that quote from a former top marketing executive at Coca-Cola when I saw the recent news about soda companies pledging to reduce calories.  Last year, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (AHG) announced a partnership with McDonald’s to “leverage their market share … Continue reading

What Was Left Out of the Latest Family Dinner Debate
Cooking / Fast Food / Marketing

What Was Left Out of the Latest Family Dinner Debate

  Now that the dust has settled a bit on the latest debate about home-cooked family dinners, I realized an important issue was left out.  In a piece called  “The Joy of Cooking?” three sociologists from North Carolina State University took food advocates to task saying: time pressures, tradeoffs to save money, and the burden of pleasing others make it difficult … Continue reading

3 Things That Made My Day
Advocacy / Junk Food / School

3 Things That Made My Day

  As an advocate for kids’ health, I get agitated on a regular basis by something that undermines my efforts.  That’s why I’m happy to report on not just one…not just two…but three things that took place recently which made my day! 1) I found out a Jog-a-thon fundraiser I’d started at my daughters’ former elementary school continues to grow and … Continue reading

Do We Really Want Kids Eating Carrots Like Junk Food?
Advocacy / Fast Food / Marketing

Do We Really Want Kids Eating Carrots Like Junk Food?

  Is commercializing the vegetable aisle a good way to improve children’s diets? And do we really want more marketing to children that works to override listening to their internal hunger and satiety cues?  These were some of the questions that came to mind reading about companies using junk food tactics to market carrots to kids. Bettina Siegel of The Lunch Tray … Continue reading

It’s Like A Birthday Party Every Day
Advocacy / Food as Reward / School / Sugar

It’s Like A Birthday Party Every Day

“It’s like a birthday party every day.” Reading that quote from a new Kindergarten parent describing the sugar overload at her child’s school took me back seven years to when my oldest started school. I was surprised to see so many practices that undermined student health such as using food as a reward, class parties overloaded with … Continue reading