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

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

Kudos to McDonald’s? Not So Fast
Advocacy / Fast Food / Marketing / School / Soda

Kudos to McDonald’s? Not So Fast

“When do you praise large companies for their sustainability efforts? Is it appropriate to commend them for their steps, even if small?” Lindsay Dahl, who blogs about food and health, posed these questions to a roundtable of bloggers, including me.*   I assert that the answer depends on another important question: Are the small steps taken … Continue reading

What Does Miley Cyrus Twerking Have to do with Junk Food?
Food Environment / Junk Food / Marketing / Soda

What Does Miley Cyrus Twerking Have to do with Junk Food?

When my oldest was in first grade she came home from school one day lamenting, “Everyone’s a fan of Hannah Montana but me.” We didn’t (and still don’t) have cable TV so she had never seen the show. That afternoon I watched some clips of it on YouTube and thought it seemed more like a teen soap opera than something a 6-year-old … Continue reading