2014: The Beginning of the End for Ronald McDonald
Advocacy / Fast Food / Marketing

2014: The Beginning of the End for Ronald McDonald

  2014 has been a watershed year for the food movement pushing back against fast food marketing to kids.  When McDonald’s unveiled the twitter hashtag #RonaldMcDonald in April to revive slumping sales, they met backlash over their marketing to children.  In May, we took the #MomsNotLovinIt campaign to McDonald’s Annual Shareholders Meeting.  The CEO, Don Thompson, made a tactical error by responding … Continue reading

Teaching Kids to Avoid Junk Food Without Resentment
Advocacy / Food Environment / Junk Food

Teaching Kids to Avoid Junk Food Without Resentment

  Parents often feel stuck between teaching their kids to avoid the junk food overload versus creating feelings of deprivation leading to resentment.  This letter of thanksgiving from my twelve-year-old daughter validated that teaching kids to learn to love food that loves them back can lead to gratitude.   Just in time for the holidays, Dr. Dina … Continue reading

Gratitude for Public Health Progress in 2014
Advocacy / Fast Food / Marketing / Policy / School / Soda / Sugar

Gratitude for Public Health Progress in 2014

Updated to add Fed Up Movie to this list! In January I wrote a post asking Is This the Year We Drain the Food Swamp?  Ten months later I’ve been asked to contribute a post for DrGreene’s Blog Series called “One Change for 2015″ that focuses on a single change I feel strongly about.  Before I write that post, … Continue reading

Food Justice on Food Day 2014
Advocacy / Marketing / Soda

Food Justice on Food Day 2014

“Food Justice is communities exercising their right to grow, sell, and eat healthy food.”  ~ Just Food Today is Food Day and this year there is a focus on food justice.  It has special significance because voters in Berkeley and San Francisco are deciding whether to approve a measure to tax sugary beverages like soda.  Some of the authors of these measures have … Continue reading

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