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

What’s Worse Than A Woman in a Cupcake Bra Shilling Soda to Kids?
Advocacy / School / Soda

What’s Worse Than A Woman in a Cupcake Bra Shilling Soda to Kids?

Katy Perry joins the long line of celebrity soda shills who use their popularity with children to undermine our nation’s health. For Pepsi and Perry, the development builds on a relationship that began last year around promotions for the entertainer’s Katy Perry: Part of Me 3-D movie. And it marks yet another music-based appeal made by the top … Continue reading

Middle School Orientation Junk Food Fest
Food Environment / Junk Food / School / Soda / Sugar

Middle School Orientation Junk Food Fest

I was warned.  Last night I attended my oldest daughter’s middle school orientation.  The information card that was sent home had a logo for the Kona Ice truck that would “stop by during our event to help us celebrate” as well as a coupon for free pizza and a drink.  Sure enough, the snow cone truck was parked next to the school … Continue reading

What AND Could Do Instead of Taking Soda Money
Advocacy / Food as Reward / Food Environment / Soda

What AND Could Do Instead of Taking Soda Money

After responding to the Kentucky Beverage Association’s “Don’t blame soft drinks for obesity” letter, my thoughts turned to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) taking money from soda companies.  The AND claims to be the public’s  best source for the most credible food and nutrition information but that credibility is diminished when it uses its platform to support soda … Continue reading