Do We All Have to Move to the Rocky Mountains?
Food as Reward / Food Environment / Policy / School

Do We All Have to Move to the Rocky Mountains?

Here are my remarks from last night’s school board meeting: During this season of giving, one of the best gifts we can give kids is to teach them to love food that loves them back. A school environment that supports good health positively impacts student achievement, college and career readiness, and can aid our state education budget battle by … Continue reading

School Wellness Aids Budget Battle for Education
Advocacy / Food as Reward / Food Environment / Junk Food / Marketing / Policy / School

School Wellness Aids Budget Battle for Education

There was another school board meeting last night and here are my remarks: I was glad to read that at least 86 Kentucky school districts have sent resolutions to Governor Steve Beshear and state lawmakers asking them to restore school-funding cuts.  As Kentucky’s Commissioner of Education, Terry Holliday put it, if the school funds aren’t … Continue reading

Like the Switch Witch? Thoughtful Reduction for the Rest of Sugar Season
Food as Reward / Junk Food / School / Sugar

Like the Switch Witch? Thoughtful Reduction for the Rest of Sugar Season

My appreciation for the Halloween Sweet Swap grows with each passing year. It was wonderful to wake up the day after Halloween without a family sugar hangover and kids who were excited to find out what the tooth fairy had left in place of the candy. It’s a bit like Christmas morning without the exhaustion of spending … 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

Back to School Board Meeting
Advocacy / Food as Reward / Food Environment / Policy / School

Back to School Board Meeting

My kids are back to school so I’m back to work advocating for school wellness.   I attended last night’s school board meeting and shared these remarks: Good evening and thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak with you again.  I was glad to read that Dr. Shelton described his first year as Fayette County Superintendent … Continue reading

Teaching Kids to Love Food That Loves Them Back
Food as Reward / Food Environment / Junk Food / Marketing / Water

Teaching Kids to Love Food That Loves Them Back

As my oldest finishes her last week of elementary school, I have been remembering what it was like when she started Kindergarten.  Back then, I saw many overweight fifth graders, wondered why that was the case, and realized it would be a challenge to get her through the next six years with healthy eating habits intact.  Along with reading, writing and arithmetic, it became … Continue reading