#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

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

3 Things That Made My Day
Advocacy / Junk Food / School

3 Things That Made My Day

  As an advocate for kids’ health, I get agitated on a regular basis by something that undermines my efforts.  That’s why I’m happy to report on not just one…not just two…but three things that took place recently which made my day! 1) I found out a Jog-a-thon fundraiser I’d started at my daughters’ former elementary school continues to grow and … Continue reading

Do We Really Want Kids Eating Carrots Like Junk Food?
Advocacy / Fast Food / Marketing

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

Teaching Kids to Love Food That Loves Them Back
Food as Reward / Food Environment / Junk Food / Marketing / Water

Teaching Kids to Love Food That Loves Them Back

As my oldest finishes her last week of elementary school, I have been remembering what it was like when she started Kindergarten.  Back then, I saw many overweight fifth graders, wondered why that was the case, and realized it would be a challenge to get her through the next six years with healthy eating habits intact.  Along with reading, writing and arithmetic, it became … Continue reading