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

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

FIT Kids Act
Exercise / Policy

FIT Kids Act

Here is my Letter to the Editor published in the Lexington Herald- Leader on Oct 3, 2013 : Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions, increasing our children’s risk for heart disease and stroke. Regular physical activity is critical to ensuring a brighter, healthier future for our nation’s youth. But not enough kids are physically active, … Continue reading

Back to School Board Meeting
Advocacy / Food as Reward / Food Environment / Policy / School

Back to School Board Meeting

My kids are back to school so I’m back to work advocating for school wellness.   I attended last night’s school board meeting and shared these remarks: Good evening and thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak with you again.  I was glad to read that Dr. Shelton described his first year as Fayette County Superintendent … Continue reading