McDonald’s Not Lovin’ Moms at Shareholders’ Meeting
Advocacy / Fast Food / Marketing

McDonald’s Not Lovin’ Moms at Shareholders’ Meeting

Yesterday I attended McDonald’s annual shareholder’s meeting to ask them to stop taking advantage of children’s developmental vulnerabilities with predatory marketing.  I was invited by Corporate Accountability International (CAI) as part of their #MomsNotLovinIt campaign.  Also included were Bettina Siegel of The Lunch Tray, Sally Kuzemchak of Real Mom Nutrition, Leah Segedie, founder of the Mamavation community, Migdalia Rivera, associate campaign … Continue reading

#MomsNotLovinIt Heading to McDonald’s HQ
Advocacy / Fast Food / Marketing

#MomsNotLovinIt Heading to McDonald’s HQ

I’m heading behind enemy lines.  Here are the details of the #MomsNotLovinIt trip to McDonald’s headquarters: It’s happening. This Thursday, six brave mothers will take their concerns directly to the source: the McDonald’s shareholders’ meeting at Hamburger University — McDonald’s headquarters in Oak Brook, IL. These women will stand in front of the CEO of … Continue reading

A Public Health Tale of Two Libraries
Marketing / Soda / Sugar / Water

A Public Health Tale of Two Libraries

Remember this picture I posted in November of the Lexington (Kentucky) Public Library being used to market McDonald’s to kids?  I’m pleased to report that yesterday I saw this at the Jefferson County Public Library in Evergreen, Colorado.  No foolin’ Bravo to Jefferson County Public Library for supporting health instead of promoting fast food! Here are some close-ups:   Continue reading

McDonald’s Unholy Alliance with Athletes
Fast Food / Marketing

McDonald’s Unholy Alliance with Athletes

Olympic fever is starting up again and brings with it a deluge of soda and fast f0od ads.  The unholy alliance with McDonald’s and Coca-Cola was criticized by health professionals before the 2012 Summer Games in London. “At an event that celebrates athletic achievement, I don’t think we need to promote high-calorie, high-fat foods that are not good for the health … 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