What Moms and Teachers Said at McDonald’s Shareholders Meeting
Advocacy / Fast Food / Marketing

What Moms and Teachers Said at McDonald’s Shareholders Meeting

  For the second year in a row I attended the McDonald’s shareholders meeting to speak about the corporation’s unethical marketing to children.  I was part of a team organized by Corporate Accountability International which included mothers, teachers and advocates.  This was the first shareholders meeting for McDonald’s new CEO Steve Easterbrook who was under pressure … Continue reading

Recap: Two Years of #MomsNotLovinIt
Advocacy / Fast Food / Junk Food / Marketing / School

Recap: Two Years of #MomsNotLovinIt

  This Mother’s Day marks the two year anniversary of #MomsNotLovinIt. That’s when I joined with other mothers in campaigning against McDonald’s unethical marketing to children. While many health professionals had already spoken out about McDonald’s predatory marketing to kids, they were ignored by the corporation which continued to target children with fast food ads.  That motivated action by … Continue reading

FNV: Why I’m Not A Fan
Advocacy / Marketing / Sugar

FNV: Why I’m Not A Fan

  The big announcement from the recent Partnership for a Healthier America Summit was a marketing campaign for fruits and vegetables called “FNV.” It was celebrated by First Lady Michelle Obama, who enlisted the help of celebrities to promote it. It also received support from children’s health advocates including Bettina Siegel of The Lunch Tray, who wrote, “Celebrities … Continue reading

Partners in Junk Food Crime
Fast Food / Marketing / Soda

Partners in Junk Food Crime

   Plastered on the PlayPlace window of my local McDonald’s is a giant Coca-Cola decal.  McDonald’s uses these play areas to attract families with children to their restaurants while also using them as a way to market soda.  This highlights their duplicitous approach to public health efforts. The fast food chain was lauded in the fall of 2013 for agreeing to phase … Continue reading

Big Soda’s on the Offensive to Stop a Seattle Soda Tax
Advocacy / Policy / Soda

Big Soda’s on the Offensive to Stop a Seattle Soda Tax

  On February 19th, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee singled out added sugars as a major concern because of links to obesity and chronic disease. According to the panel, “Higher sugar-sweetened beverage taxes may encourage consumers to reduce sugar-sweetened beverage consumption.” The soda industry came out swinging against this recommendation because they know it will … Continue reading