Why I’m Not at McDonald’s Shareholders Meeting
Advocacy / Fast Food / Marketing

Why I’m Not at McDonald’s Shareholders Meeting

In 2014 and 2015, I attended the McDonald’s shareholders meetings and asked that they stop using  Ronald McDonald – the Joe Camel of fast food – to market to kids.  I was prepared to disrupt their dog and pony show again this year, but the fast food giant wants to shut out those who speak truth to power.  As Sriram Madhusoodanan … Continue reading

Practicing Guerrilla Nutrition at the PTA Meeting
Advocacy / Food as Reward / Policy / School

Practicing Guerrilla Nutrition at the PTA Meeting

  I was all prepared to spend this school year advocating for a strong school wellness policy that addressed not using food as a reward, healthier celebrations, and healthier fundraising.  Then I found out the Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools had already signed off on a new procedure  this summer.  I’ve posted it here under procedure and am delighted to now be working … Continue reading

Sugar, Diabetes and Whack-a-mole
Advocacy / Food as Reward / Marketing / Sugar

Sugar, Diabetes and Whack-a-mole

Dr. Robert Lustig’s groundbreaking study linking sugar and diabetes should motivate all parents to up their game of junk food whack-a-mole. The researchers found that in countries where the incidence of diabetes went up, the availability of sugar had increased earlier and in roughly the same proportion. By establishing a dose-response relationship, the study allows researchers to infer that … Continue reading

Cigarettes and Soda: Ruthless Bioweapons
Advocacy / Soda

Cigarettes and Soda: Ruthless Bioweapons

For the third year in a row, I spent Valentine’s Day at the Kentucky State Capitol advocating for heart health.  This year I joined several hundred at a rally for the Smoke Free Kentucky bill which would make all workplaces and public buildings in Kentucky smoke-free.  I met with my representative and shared the story of my grandmother’s smoking.  When she was … Continue reading