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

Letter to the Editor: Let’s Get the Soda Facts Straight
Soda / Sugar

Letter to the Editor: Let’s Get the Soda Facts Straight

Here’s my letter to the editor of the Lexington Herald Leader: When I read the April 7th letter from the Kentucky Beverage Association representative titled “Don’t blame soft drinks for obesity” I knew I had to respond.  Kentucky has the third highest rate of childhood obesity and education about soda’s role in this epidemic is necessary to … Continue reading

Takeaways From CSPI’s “Selfish Giving” Report
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Takeaways From CSPI’s “Selfish Giving” Report

  The day after I published my post about Soda, Fast Food, and Fitness, the Center For Science in the Public Interest released a report titled Selfish Giving: How the Soda Industry Uses Philanthropy to Sweeten its Profits.  It covered some familiar territory including the problems with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics being sponsored by Coke and Pepsi (pg 5-6).  … Continue reading

Soda, Fast Food and Fitness
Junk Food / Marketing / Soda / Sugar

Soda, Fast Food and Fitness

The weather is starting to warm up in Kentucky and I’m looking forward to spring biking and 5K’s with the family.  What I’m not looking forward to is the soda and fast food marketing that so often shows up at these events.  McDonald’s Golden Arches are prominently on display for the Walk/Bike Summit and Kids Legacy Triathlon.  In addition to marketing to kids at school, … Continue reading

Should KY Taxpayers Foot the Bill for Soda?
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Should KY Taxpayers Foot the Bill for Soda?

Here’s the story behind South Carolina’s food stamp soda ban proposal. The founder of Louie’s Kids has been fighting obesity “one child at a time” — as his group’s motto says — for 12 years through summer camp scholarships, health club memberships, exercise groups and more. When Yuhasz co-chaired December’s “Conquering Tri-County’s Obesity Epidemic” meeting, he … Continue reading