Recap: Two Years of #MomsNotLovinIt
Advocacy / Fast Food / Junk Food / Marketing / School

Recap: Two Years of #MomsNotLovinIt

  This Mother’s Day marks the two year anniversary of #MomsNotLovinIt. That’s when I joined with other mothers in campaigning against McDonald’s unethical marketing to children. While many health professionals had already spoken out about McDonald’s predatory marketing to kids, they were ignored by the corporation which continued to target children with fast food ads.  That motivated action by … Continue reading

Flat-Out Unethical Food Marketing to Kids
Advocacy / Fast Food / Marketing / School

Flat-Out Unethical Food Marketing to Kids

Yesterday, a national panel of experts convened by Healthy Eating Research (HER), a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, released Recommendations for Responsible Food Marketing to Children.  Marion Nestle had a blunt response to the report’s recommendations aimed at the food industry’s voluntary guidelines for what and how junk foods can be marketed to kids: … Continue reading

Gratitude for Public Health Progress in 2014
Advocacy / Fast Food / Marketing / Policy / School / Soda / Sugar

Gratitude for Public Health Progress in 2014

Updated to add Fed Up Movie to this list! In January I wrote a post asking Is This the Year We Drain the Food Swamp?  Ten months later I’ve been asked to contribute a post for DrGreene’s Blog Series called “One Change for 2015” that focuses on a single change I feel strongly about.  Before I write that post, … Continue reading

Practicing Guerrilla Nutrition at the PTA Meeting
Advocacy / Food as Reward / Policy / School

Practicing Guerrilla Nutrition at the PTA Meeting

  I was all prepared to spend this school year advocating for a strong school wellness policy that addressed not using food as a reward, healthier celebrations, and healthier fundraising.  Then I found out the Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools had already signed off on a new procedure  this summer.  I’ve posted it here under procedure and am delighted to now be working … 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

It’s Like A Birthday Party Every Day
Advocacy / Food as Reward / School / Sugar

It’s Like A Birthday Party Every Day

“It’s like a birthday party every day.” Reading that quote from a new Kindergarten parent describing the sugar overload at her child’s school took me back seven years to when my oldest started school. I was surprised to see so many practices that undermined student health such as using food as a reward, class parties overloaded with … Continue reading