Flat-Out Unethical Food Marketing to Kids
Advocacy / Fast Food / Marketing / School

Flat-Out Unethical Food Marketing to Kids

Yesterday, a national panel of experts convened by Healthy Eating Research (HER), a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, released Recommendations for Responsible Food Marketing to Children.  Marion Nestle had a blunt response to the report’s recommendations aimed at the food industry’s voluntary guidelines for what and how junk foods can be marketed to kids: … Continue reading

Like the Switch Witch? Thoughtful Reduction for the Rest of Sugar Season
Food as Reward / Junk Food / School / Sugar

Like the Switch Witch? Thoughtful Reduction for the Rest of Sugar Season

My appreciation for the Halloween Sweet Swap grows with each passing year. It was wonderful to wake up the day after Halloween without a family sugar hangover and kids who were excited to find out what the tooth fairy had left in place of the candy. It’s a bit like Christmas morning without the exhaustion of spending … Continue reading

Another Month, Another School Board Meeting
Advocacy / Food as Reward / Policy / School

Another Month, Another School Board Meeting

Last night I attended another school board meeting to advocate for our district to adopt a strong wellness policy.  Here’s what I said this time: For the past two school years I have regularly attended these monthly meetings to highlight the importance of student health on achievement as well as college and career readiness.  Each month there is new data which shows … Continue reading

Dr. Suess’s Junk Food Whack-a-mole
Food as Reward / Junk Food

Dr. Suess’s Junk Food Whack-a-mole

The latest in junk food whack-a-mole? Cupcakes at school to celebrate Dr. Suess’s birthday and Read Across America Day.  As if celebrating students’ birthdays didn’t already cover cupcakes in class many times over.  What is it about reading that brings out the junk food? It started in 1985 with Pizza Hut’s BOOK IT! incentive program which rewards … 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