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

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