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#FoodFri Tweetchat: Pass the salt?

04/24/15
Salt. It's on our tables, in our cupboards and added into our foods by food companies. Powerfully flavorful, salt triggers a response in our bodies causing us to crave more. But how much is enough? When does too much salt become dangerous? According to the new Dietary Guidelines , a set of nutritional standards, we consume too much sodium, to our detriment. If you're wondering why the sudden change in sodium consumption, this week's tweetchat is for you. Join #FoodFri on April 24, 2015, at 1pm Eastern, to chat with @MomsRising and @CSPI about salt, the new Dietary Guidelines and more! Spread...
Migdalia Rivera's picture

My Mid-Year Resolution

04/24/15
Like too many moms, I’m an expert at putting myself last. It’s not something I’m proud of; it just seems to happen by default. I try to make sure my kids eat healthy. I get them regular check ups. I make sure they have lots of physical activity. But when it comes to my own health, I don’t do nearly as well. I put off doctor appointments because I’m too busy. I grab what I can to eat as I rush between meetings or sometimes skip lunch altogether. Between the kids’ baseball practices, homework, and other commitments, I never seem to find time to exercise myself. And sometimes, when I’m making...
Beth Messersmith's picture

Should corporations be watching our kids?

04/24/15
As a mom, I have to address the reality of social media in my children’s lives, along with balancing the privacy they need to grow and mature in a world I am handing off to them. Part of that is keeping them safe from predators by teaching them how to navigate technology they are more comfortable with than I am. Which is why, when I learned recently that behemoth testing company Pearson is spying on our kids online, my protective instincts flew into high gear. In case you missed it, here’s what happened: A New Jersey superintendent raised the alarm last month after she was contacted by the...
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Road Trip to See the President

04/24/15
It’s hard to explain how it felt to be so close and hear President Obama talking about the issues moms deal with in our own lives every day. How empowering it was to feel like we have a leader who actually gets the struggles families face. What it meant to have a President speaking from his own experience of watching his grandmother hit the glass ceiling and of what he hopes for his own daughters. It was vindicating and energizing and hopeful all at once. But, strange as it sounds to say it, the three-hour road trip each way was just as powerful in its own way.
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Stuck Outside the Poor Door

04/24/15
More than 88,000 people have applied to enter the "poor door" at a new luxury condominium tower on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Only one in 1,600 will win the lottery to live there. Some months ago a New York developer made headlines with the plans for this building, which takes advantage of zoning rules encouraging affordable housing by including some low-priced rental units along with the luxury condos for sale. A separate entrance for the people living in the low-income apartments continues with segregated living inside. Low-income tenants won’t be allowed to use the pool,...
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The Dangers of Peeing

04/23/15
I listened to my five year old try, very patiently and politely, to explain to this stranger that he was, in fact, in the right place. That he had every right in the world to go into the Men's room. That he just had to pee.
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Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, Inaugurated, Addresses Domestic Violence

04/23/15
Vivek Murthy, MD, sworn in as the nation's 19th Surgeon General, calls for a Great American Community focused on pedestrian lifestyles, smoke-free campuses, mental health awareness, and citizen involvement to end domestic violence.

It’s Not You, It’s The System. (Which Is Why Activism Is The Only Answer)

04/22/15
The inspiration for my upcoming novel, Wishful Thinking , about an overburdened, overscheduled and scantily supported divorced mother of two, came when I was reading the Harry Potter books with my older son. I was enjoying them immensely, and thought, “If I could give someone like me a superpower, what would it be?” (I’m a divorced mom, too.) The answer came immediately: the power to be in two places at the same time. Every working parent I know needs this power, every day—primarily because workplaces are still designed for men with stay-at-home- wives , and modern standards of parenting make...
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Good Food Force: Green smoothies, SNAP, school lunches & more!

04/22/15
What a week! We're so inspired by the almost 50,000 signatures we've gathered this month in support of healthy food in preschools, protecting SNAP (food stamps), limiting junk food fundraisers in Michigan schools, and asking the industry to curb junk food marketing to kids. Together, we are a force to be reckoned with! And our message is clear: everyone deserves healthy and nutritious food. Please read on for updates on what's next! 1. Hot Line Hands off SNAP! Some U.S. members of Congress are still trying to push billions of dollars in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (...
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Join us for Good Food Force Meet Ups This Spring!

04/22/15
Join us for some lively converastion and good food this spring! MomsRising staff and volunteers are hosting local Meet Ups around the country to discuss food justice, healthy kids, and what each of us can do to build healthy communities. Check out the list of upcoming events below, and let us know if you'd like to join and/or host a Meet Up! Contact Beatriz at beatriz@momsrising.org Brooklyn, NY - January 10, 2015 Detroit, MI - April 18, 2015 May Brooklyn, NY - May 2, 2015 Central Pennsylvania - May 15, 2015 Ann Arbor, MI - May 16, 2015 Orland, Florida - date TBD San Francisco Bay Area - date...
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