McDonald’s Uses Library to Market to Kids
Advocacy / Fast Food / Marketing / School

McDonald’s Uses Library to Market to Kids

  I took my kids to the local library this weekend and was reminded how hard it is for them to avoid junk food marketing.  McTeacher’s Nights and Ronald McDonald assemblies in schools have been joined by signs at the library telling kids to “Bring your Happy Meal books for Ronald to Sign!”  When I mentioned how sad it was to see … Continue reading

Kudos to McDonald’s? Not So Fast
Advocacy / Fast Food / Marketing / School / Soda

Kudos to McDonald’s? Not So Fast

“When do you praise large companies for their sustainability efforts? Is it appropriate to commend them for their steps, even if small?” Lindsay Dahl, who blogs about food and health, posed these questions to a roundtable of bloggers, including me.*   I assert that the answer depends on another important question: Are the small steps taken … Continue reading

What Were They Thinking?
Fast Food / Marketing / Uncategorized

What Were They Thinking?

What were they thinking? Mark Bittman asked this question about the Alliance for a Healthier Generation partnering with McDonald’s in his recent column.  After talking with some of the people who work for the Alliance, the common justification is “people are going to eat there no matter what so we should try to make it healthier.”  Adding a side … Continue reading

Back to School Board Meeting
Advocacy / Food as Reward / Food Environment / Policy / School

Back to School Board Meeting

My kids are back to school so I’m back to work advocating for school wellness.   I attended last night’s school board meeting and shared these remarks: Good evening and thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak with you again.  I was glad to read that Dr. Shelton described his first year as Fayette County Superintendent … Continue reading

Lone Nuts Unite! AHG Ambassadors Academy Recap
Advocacy / Food Environment / School

Lone Nuts Unite! AHG Ambassadors Academy Recap

I just spent the past few days at the Alliance for a Heathier Generation’s  Healthy Schools Program Ambassadors Academy which brings together committed individuals advocating for healthier schools.  It was inspiring to connect with parents, teachers, principals and even a superintendent who really get it.  As in this video they showed us, “Leadership From A Dancing Guy,” … Continue reading