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
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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

Champions for Children’s Health
Advocacy / Food Environment / Policy / School / Sugar

Champions for Children’s Health

I was interviewed for a recent program on Kentucky Educational Television’s Champions for Children’s Health.  It was great to have an opportunity to share the good work happening in Kentucky with programs like Better Bites, PTA 5K, and more. The show is available to watch online at http://www.ket.org/health/healththree60/champions.htm Meet children’s health “champions”—individuals who are inspired to make a … Continue reading

The Sugar Season is Starting
Food Addiction / Food Environment / Junk Food / Marketing / Sugar

The Sugar Season is Starting

 You may think it’s back to school season but walk into your local grocery store you’ll see the candy manufacturers have something else in mind.  We are at the beginning of what I call the sugar season. It goes from now until Easter and every year it seems to start earlier and grows even bigger.  For those of us … Continue reading

What Does Miley Cyrus Twerking Have to do with Junk Food?
Food Environment / Junk Food / Marketing / Soda

What Does Miley Cyrus Twerking Have to do with Junk Food?

When my oldest was in first grade she came home from school one day lamenting, “Everyone’s a fan of Hannah Montana but me.” We didn’t (and still don’t) have cable TV so she had never seen the show. That afternoon I watched some clips of it on YouTube and thought it seemed more like a teen soap opera than something a 6-year-old … Continue reading