Help Hijack #RonaldMcDonald
Advocacy / Fast Food / School

Help Hijack #RonaldMcDonald

Will you help us hijack #RonaldMcDonald with #MomsNotLovinIt? Of all the problems McDonald’s had to fix, they chose to update the clown’s outfit.  Let’s change the conversation from what Ronald is wearing to the company’s unethical practices like using schools to market to kids. Copy the image or use these links: http://kyhealthykids.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/mnli.jpg pic.twitter.com/8tNuBvr1sA Share via Twitter, … 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

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

McDonald’s Uses Library to Market to Kids
Advocacy / Fast Food / Marketing / School

McDonald’s Uses Library to Market to Kids

  I took my kids to the local library this weekend and was reminded how hard it is for them to avoid junk food marketing.  McTeacher’s Nights and Ronald McDonald assemblies in schools have been joined by signs at the library telling kids to “Bring your Happy Meal books for Ronald to Sign!”  When I mentioned how sad it was to see … 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