Fight Fruit Snack Fraud
Food as Reward / Advocacy / Junk Food / Marketing

Fight Fruit Snack Fraud

  Fruit snacks are such a fraud.  Passing off sugary candy as snacks for kids? As Bridgette Kidd, MPH, RD, LD put it: Fruit snacks are the epitome of a healthwashed product. That’s because packaging claims deliberately mislead consumers about the nutritional value of the product.  Study author Clare Hughes described the problem this way: Our … 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

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

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