#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

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

What AND Could Do Instead of Taking Soda Money
Advocacy / Food as Reward / Food Environment / Soda

What AND Could Do Instead of Taking Soda Money

After responding to the Kentucky Beverage Association’s “Don’t blame soft drinks for obesity” letter, my thoughts turned to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) taking money from soda companies.  The AND claims to be the public’s  best source for the most credible food and nutrition information but that credibility is diminished when it uses its platform to support soda … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Let’s Get the Soda Facts Straight
Soda / Sugar

Letter to the Editor: Let’s Get the Soda Facts Straight

Here’s my letter to the editor of the Lexington Herald Leader: When I read the April 7th letter from the Kentucky Beverage Association representative titled “Don’t blame soft drinks for obesity” I knew I had to respond.  Kentucky has the third highest rate of childhood obesity and education about soda’s role in this epidemic is necessary to … Continue reading

Takeaways From CSPI’s “Selfish Giving” Report
Soda

Takeaways From CSPI’s “Selfish Giving” Report

  The day after I published my post about Soda, Fast Food, and Fitness, the Center For Science in the Public Interest released a report titled Selfish Giving: How the Soda Industry Uses Philanthropy to Sweeten its Profits.  It covered some familiar territory including the problems with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics being sponsored by Coke and Pepsi (pg 5-6).  … Continue reading

Soda, Fast Food and Fitness
Junk Food / Marketing / Soda / Sugar

Soda, Fast Food and Fitness

The weather is starting to warm up in Kentucky and I’m looking forward to spring biking and 5K’s with the family.  What I’m not looking forward to is the soda and fast food marketing that so often shows up at these events.  McDonald’s Golden Arches are prominently on display for the Walk/Bike Summit and Kids Legacy Triathlon.  In addition to marketing to kids at school, … Continue reading