#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

The Don Drapers of Big Macs and Coke
Advocacy / Fast Food / Marketing / Soda

The Don Drapers of Big Macs and Coke

  In what has been dubbed the “Monthly McDonald’s Misery Watch,” the fast food giant reported that May brought in yet another round of slipping sales. The next day, McDonald’s tried to steer the conversation away from its dismal results by announcing two new PR hires.  Robert Gibbs is now McDonald’s Global Chief Communications Officer and Silvia Lagnado is its Global Chief Marketing Officer. Gibbs is President Obama’s former … 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

Food Justice on Food Day 2014
Advocacy / Marketing / Soda

Food Justice on Food Day 2014

“Food Justice is communities exercising their right to grow, sell, and eat healthy food.”  ~ Just Food Today is Food Day and this year there is a focus on food justice.  It has special significance because voters in Berkeley and San Francisco are deciding whether to approve a measure to tax sugary beverages like soda.  Some of the authors of these measures have … Continue reading

Is This the Year We Drain the Food Swamp?
Advocacy / Fast Food / Food Addiction / Food Environment / Junk Food / Marketing / Sugar

Is This the Year We Drain the Food Swamp?

  “Americans today live in a food swamp,” says Deborah Cohen, a physician and researcher at the Rand Corporation.  Her new book is A Big Fat Crisis: The Hidden Forces Behind the Obesity Epidemic and How We Can End It.  Bottom line?  “We have to drain the swamp.” Progress on this front in 2014 didn’t look … Continue reading

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