Pink Newspaper Omits Prevention
Cancer / Exercise / Food as Reward / Sugar

Pink Newspaper Omits Prevention

Once again our local newspaper turned pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month but left out any mention of prevention. The American Institute for Cancer Prevention (AICR) recommends a combination of a healthy diet, regular physical activity and healthy body weight to lower the risk of cancer. The AICR estimates that 38 percent of all breast cancer … Continue reading

The Sugar Season is Starting
Food Addiction / Food Environment / Junk Food / Marketing / Sugar

The Sugar Season is Starting

 You may think it’s back to school season but walk into your local grocery store you’ll see the candy manufacturers have something else in mind.  We are at the beginning of what I call the sugar season. It goes from now until Easter and every year it seems to start earlier and grows even bigger.  For those of us … 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

Earth Day, Obesogenic Environment and Walmart
Food Environment / Junk Food / Sugar

Earth Day, Obesogenic Environment and Walmart

As we celebrate Earth Day, it’s time to look beyond the standard message of “reduce, reuse, recycle” and consider how our obesogenic environment impacts climate change.  The Motley Fool recently published some startling figures. Cars burn around 938 million gallons of gasoline per year more than they would if Americans weighed what they did in … Continue reading