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

Got Concussions? Chocolate Milk Marketing Mania
Marketing / Sugar / Uncategorized / Water

Got Concussions? Chocolate Milk Marketing Mania

Give yourself diabetes while you’re trying to fix brain damage? That’s the question that came to mind reading this press release from the University of Maryland titled “Concussion-Related Measures Improved in High School Football Players Who Drank New Chocolate Milk.”  It touts a product called Fifth Quarter Fresh, a milk-based “post-workout recovery drink” which has 42 grams of sugar per … 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

FNV: Why I’m Not A Fan
Advocacy / Marketing / Sugar

FNV: Why I’m Not A Fan

  The big announcement from the recent Partnership for a Healthier America Summit was a marketing campaign for fruits and vegetables called “FNV.” It was celebrated by First Lady Michelle Obama, who enlisted the help of celebrities to promote it. It also received support from children’s health advocates including Bettina Siegel of The Lunch Tray, who wrote, “Celebrities … Continue reading

Gratitude for Public Health Progress in 2014
Advocacy / Fast Food / Marketing / Policy / School / Soda / Sugar

Gratitude for Public Health Progress in 2014

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, … Continue reading

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