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, I want to share my appreciation for public health efforts in 2014 because public health is a parent’s ally in raising healthy kids.
- Mark Bittman, Michael Pollan, Ricardo Salvador and Olivier De Schutter call for a national food policy.
- Berkeley voters approve a soda tax.
- SugarScience.org launches.
- Michelle Obama calls for a an end to junk food marketing in schools.
- Dana Woldow debunks soda tax myths.
- Nancy Huehnergarth gets results fighting Gatorade’s War on Water.
- Bettina Siegel works to #SaveSchoolLunch.
- Sally Kuzemchak spreads #Snacktivism.
- Dr. Yoni Freedhoff makes the case for guerrilla nutrition.
- Michele Simon sheds light on How Industry and Government Promote Dairy Junk Foods.
- Andy Bellatti and Dietitians for Professional Integrity work to improve the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ corporate sponsorships and partnerships.
- Richard Bruno and Kevin Burns call on the American Academy of Family Physicians to reject corporate sponsorship from The Coca-Cola Company.
- Anita Courtney and the Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition stand together for healthy kids, healthy schools.
- Dr. Alicia Fedewa helps author a White Paper on The Use of Food as a Reward in Classrooms: The Disadvantages and the Alternatives.
- Seattle Public Schools approves a new procedure recommending food not be used as a reward.
- The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity helps us shift away from simplistic, biased views about obesity that focus on personal blame.
- The Union of Concerned Scientists reports on How Industry Obscures Science and Undermines Public Health Policy on Sugar.
- The Center for Science in the Public Interest asks FDA to add ‘Daily Value’ for added sugar on Nutrition Facts food labels.
- American Heart Association supports the World Health Organization’s recommendation to limit the amount of sugars in children’s diets.
- Mission: Readiness tells Congress Retreat Is Not An Option when it comes to healthier school meals.
- Corporate Accountability International helps mothers speak truth to power at McDonald’s shareholder’s meeting.
- Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood organizes an international call to get Ronald McDonald out of schools.
- MomsRising creates a Good Food Force to push back against junk food marketing to kids.
- United Nations Special Rapporteur recommends a ban on “all commercial advertising and marketing in public and private schools.”
- Conanda (National Council for the Rights of Children and Adolescents) bans advertising towards children in Brazil.
It’s quite a long list but obviously not enough to completely drain the food swamp this year. It is a good start though and I hope we’ll continue to build on it in the coming year. Who am I forgetting? Please share any public health progress from this year that you are grateful for in the comments section below.