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Good Food Force Update: Junk food marketing to kids, April Fools' Day ideas & more!

03/27/15
Greetings! This week we're talking about junk food marketing to kids, updates to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and fun ways to celebrate April Fools' Day with the family! Please enjoy and share! 1. HOT LINE Experts agree: protect ALL kids from junk food marketing! Recent voluntary efforts by food and beverage companies have resulted in the first-ever declines in unhealthy food marketing to children. Still, kids are exposed to too much marketing for unhealthy foods and beverages! Join us in telling the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative to encourage its member...
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Families Need Stronger Protection Against Superbugs

03/27/15
Last year, President Obama formed the 'National Task Force for Combating Resistant Bacteria' to put together a 5-year plan to prevent what many experts see as the public health crisis of our time: antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Its members released their plan this morning. It isn't bad, but it also doesn't address one of the major contributors to the growth and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria--or the sicknesses and deaths they cause. This a big deal. Here's what you need to know: The Plan proposed today by the National Task Force for Combating Resistant Bacteria does not ask for cuts...
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Time for Justice for Children in New York

03/27/15
Co-written by Melanie Hartzog Executive Director, Children's Defense Fund-New York Under New York’s juvenile justice system a child as young as seven can be arrested for a crime, and a 16-year-old is automatically charged as an adult. These laws are shockingly behind the times — bad for children and bad for public safety. New York is one of only four states to create a juvenile jurisdiction for little children who are barely old enough to shed their baby teeth and still believe in the tooth fairy. And they are expected to have the cognitive development necessary to participate in and...
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A Mother Whose Son Was Shot By Police 50 Times Needs Our Help!

03/27/15
Mothers in New York State are asking for our help. A group of families who have lost loved ones to police brutality, dating back to 1994, have come together to urge Governor Cuomo to appoint a special prosecutor for police brutality cases . Right now, through executive order, Governor Cuomo can make a difference. Join us in supporting these moms in their fight for justice: http://action.momsrising.org/sign/NY_StateJustice/ These moms are not alone. Shortly after the news that there would be no state indictment for the officers who killed Eric Garner, NYS Attorney General Schneiderman asked...
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When Mealtime is a Battleground

03/26/15
While many of us know how difficult motherhood can be, it’s easy to underestimate the amount of time and energy that goes into meal-planning for a growing child, a decision-making process that begins with breastfeeding and doesn’t stop there. Regardless of whether you are pregnant or the mother of an infant or young child, there are a lot of uncertainties when it comes to your child’s diet, and it can be tricky to sift through the opinions and wealth of available information to know what’s best. As your children grow, you may face tough judgment calls such as preparing a healthy and...
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Moms Tell Their Stories About Medicaid

03/26/15
Read these moms' stories on how their families rely on Medicaid....and then take action to protect this important healthcare.
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Blog Carnival: A Celebration of Women's History Month & Building an Intersectional Movement

03/26/15
In the spirit of Women's History Month and in honor of our foremothers whose shoulders we stand on, we hope you'll join us in celebrating their legacy, exploring the issues facing women and families today, and committing to being the best allies possible to one another and in all communities.
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Get Your Buns Covered

03/26/15
Mary first caught my eye as she strode down a busy thoroughfare in a flimsy hospital gown, with the sun glistening off (what looked like) her bare buttocks. "Uncovered” was the message on her sign. She and her friends, Seattle’s Raging Grannies , took to the streets that day, alongside thousands of others, to protest the fact that too many Americans simply couldn’t afford health insurance. Had there been a prize for best costume, Mary would've won, hands down. The Raging Grannies made a difference that day by adding their creativity and spunk to the tidal wave of public pressure that pushed...
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Experts agree: protect all kids from junk food marketing

03/25/15
Did you know? Each year, U.S. food and beverage companies spend nearly $2 billion (Yes, that’s billion with a “b”!) marketing to children — and most ads promote unhealthy foods and drinks.[1] Whether they're putting our kids' favorite characters on junk food packaging, sending special deals and invitations via mobile phones, or sponsoring school events and materials, companies are purposefully bypassing parents to cultivate our kids into what they hope will be lifelong consumers of unhealthy foods. Pretty scary, right? *It’s time for this to change! Companies should not be attempting to...
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Good Food Force Update: Hands off SNAP!, #FoodFri, conversation on faith & food, & more!

03/25/15
1. HOT LINE Moms Tell Congress: "Hands off SNAP!" The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is one of the strongest tools our country has in combating hunger and poverty. 3.8 million children in this country currently live in households experiencing food insecurity. 46 million people—including children, the elderly, and people with disabilities—rely on SNAP to feed themselves each day. Yet some in Congress are proposing a budget that GUTS SNAP. Cutting funding or changing the structure of SNAP puts the neediest people in our country at serious risk. We need YOUR help in making our...
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