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

A Public Health Tale of Two Libraries
Marketing / Soda / Sugar / Water

A Public Health Tale of Two Libraries

Remember this picture I posted in November of the Lexington (Kentucky) Public Library being used to market McDonald’s to kids?  I’m pleased to report that yesterday I saw this at the Jefferson County Public Library in Evergreen, Colorado.  No foolin’ Bravo to Jefferson County Public Library for supporting health instead of promoting fast food! Here are some close-ups:   Continue reading

Teaching Kids to Love Food That Loves Them Back
Food as Reward / Food Environment / Junk Food / Marketing / Water

Teaching Kids to Love Food That Loves Them Back

As my oldest finishes her last week of elementary school, I have been remembering what it was like when she started Kindergarten.  Back then, I saw many overweight fifth graders, wondered why that was the case, and realized it would be a challenge to get her through the next six years with healthy eating habits intact.  Along with reading, writing and arithmetic, it became … Continue reading

Water First Policy in Schools
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Water First Policy in Schools

This was originally published on the School Bites blog. It seems like a new study link­ing sugar sweet­ened bev­er­age con­sump­tion to poor health makes head­lines each week. Par­ents and teach­ers rec­og­nize that serv­ing water bet­ter sup­ports the nutri­tion edu­ca­tion chil­dren are taught in school. It also fits with the Par­ent Teacher Asso­ci­a­tions’ Healthy Lifestyles Ini­tia­tive … Continue reading