Gratitude for Public Health Progress in 2014
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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

Do We Really Want Kids Eating Carrots Like Junk Food?
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Do We Really Want Kids Eating Carrots Like Junk Food?

  Is commercializing the vegetable aisle a good way to improve children’s diets? And do we really want more marketing to children that works to override listening to their internal hunger and satiety cues?  These were some of the questions that came to mind reading about companies using junk food tactics to market carrots to kids. Bettina Siegel of The Lunch Tray … Continue reading

McDonald’s Uses Library to Market to Kids
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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
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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

Libs, Cons, and Marketing to Kids
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Libs, Cons, and Marketing to Kids

As a mother of young girls, I was disturbed to see Victoria’s Secret’s marketing of sexualized products extend down to the teen and tween market with their new Bright Young Things campaign.  For many years now, I’ve been concerned about how marketers target kids and the negative impacts are well documented by the Campaign for Commercial Free Childhood. … Continue reading