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

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

Is This the Year We Drain the Food Swamp?
Advocacy / Fast Food / Food Addiction / Food Environment / Junk Food / Marketing / Sugar

Is This the Year We Drain the Food Swamp?

  “Americans today live in a food swamp,” says Deborah Cohen, a physician and researcher at the Rand Corporation.  Her new book is A Big Fat Crisis: The Hidden Forces Behind the Obesity Epidemic and How We Can End It.  Bottom line?  “We have to drain the swamp.” Progress on this front in 2014 didn’t look … 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

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