Healthy Food America
Advocacy / Food Environment / Sugar

Healthy Food America

I’m happy to announce that I’m joining Healthy Food America (HFA), a new nonprofit advocacy, research, and education organization founded by Dr. James Krieger. With a national network of collaborative partners, HFA is focused on reducing the burden of obesity and chronic disease by promoting healthy food consumption and accessibility while reducing exposure to and consumption of … Continue reading

Tell Clinton Foundation to Cut Its Ties to Junk Food Corporations
Advocacy / Fast Food / Marketing / Soda

Tell Clinton Foundation to Cut Its Ties to Junk Food Corporations

Seeing these pictures promoting Ronald McDonald at the Clinton Center’s Coca Cola exhibit inspired me to start a Change petition: Tell the Clinton Foundation to Cut Its Ties to Junk Food Corporations! I hope you’ll consider signing and sharing it with your contacts.   Text of my Change petition: The Clinton Foundation has partnerships with junk food … Continue reading

University Backpedals on Chocolate Milk Concussion “Study”
Advocacy

University Backpedals on Chocolate Milk Concussion “Study”

On January 7th, I wrote about a press release promoting an unpublished University of Maryland (UMD) study that recommended a chocolate milk drink to help high school football players recover from concussions. The press release mentioned that, as a result of the study’s findings, some schools are now giving the drink to all their athletes. In the … Continue reading

#PeopleWhoMadeMy2015
Advocacy / Fast Food / Soda / Sugar / Water

#PeopleWhoMadeMy2015

As a parent, I’m constantly reminded that the junk food industry spends billions of dollars to undermine the work I do to keep my children healthy.  Fortunately, there are advocates who help to push back against this onslaught. On the last day of 2015, #PeopleWhoMadeMy2015 was trending on Twitter, which got me thinking about those who inspired me this … Continue reading

How McTeacher’s Nights and Coke Science Betray Us
Advocacy / Fast Food / Marketing / School / Soda

How McTeacher’s Nights and Coke Science Betray Us

  There is a seismic shift taking place in our country with respect to how we view Coca-Cola and McDonald’s. This bodes well for children’s health, because teachers are now speaking out against being used by McDonald’s, and pediatricians are also speaking out against being used by Coca-Cola. The National Education Association (NEA) and chapters of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) have justannounced … Continue reading

3 Months of “Kids Eat Right” Kraft Singles
Advocacy

3 Months of “Kids Eat Right” Kraft Singles

  It’s now been more than three months since the “Kids Eat Right” Kraft Singles hit the grocery shelves.   In March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) angered both parents and health professionals when they announced the cheese product would gain the organization’s nutrition seal.   As reported in the New York Times: “Kraft Singles, those individually wrapped slices of … Continue reading

The Don Drapers of Big Macs and Coke
Advocacy / Fast Food / Marketing / Soda

The Don Drapers of Big Macs and Coke

  In what has been dubbed the “Monthly McDonald’s Misery Watch,” the fast food giant reported that May brought in yet another round of slipping sales. The next day, McDonald’s tried to steer the conversation away from its dismal results by announcing two new PR hires.  Robert Gibbs is now McDonald’s Global Chief Communications Officer and Silvia Lagnado is its Global Chief Marketing Officer. Gibbs is President Obama’s former … Continue reading