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

3 Things That Made My Day
Advocacy / Junk Food / School

3 Things That Made My Day

  As an advocate for kids’ health, I get agitated on a regular basis by something that undermines my efforts.  That’s why I’m happy to report on not just one…not just two…but three things that took place recently which made my day! 1) I found out a Jog-a-thon fundraiser I’d started at my daughters’ former elementary school continues to grow and … Continue reading

Will the PTA Champion Ending Junk Food Marketing in Schools?
Advocacy / Fast Food / Junk Food / Marketing / School / Soda

Will the PTA Champion Ending Junk Food Marketing in Schools?

Researchers from Yale University have called on parents to take action on junk food marketing in schools.  In an editorial published in JAMA Pediatrics they detailed how marketers have taken advantage of tight school budgets to turn places of learning into ads for soda, fast food, cookies and candy. Almost two-thirds of elementary schools provide food coupons as … 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

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