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

Is This the Year We Drain the Food Swamp?
Advocacy / Fast Food / Food Addiction / Food Environment / Junk Food / Marketing / Sugar

Is This the Year We Drain the Food Swamp?

  “Americans today live in a food swamp,” says Deborah Cohen, a physician and researcher at the Rand Corporation.  Her new book is A Big Fat Crisis: The Hidden Forces Behind the Obesity Epidemic and How We Can End It.  Bottom line?  “We have to drain the swamp.” Progress on this front in 2014 didn’t look … 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

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