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Thanks Michelle Obama…..It’s up to us now!

Posted February 28th, 2014 by

Co-author: Renee Gross, J.D., Legislative Coordinator at the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity When you send your child to school in the morning, you expect they will learn math, reading, and writing; even art and physical education. But you probably don’t expect them to learn about unhealthy food and drinks. Food and [...]

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Viacom’s Stockholders Profit. But At What Cost?

Posted March 20th, 2013 by

In its Annual Letter to Stockholders this year, Viacom, a leading global entertainment company that owns over 160 networks including Nickelodeon, boasts about its methods for delivering profits. The letter states, “As always, we aggressively pursue every sensible opportunity to monetize our media networks, through advertising, distribution, and consumer products. Although television ratings ebb and [...]

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Pop-stars peddling soda

Posted February 6th, 2013 by

All the bright lights and dazzling dance moves weren’t enough to undo the harmful message sent to our nation’s children by Beyonce during the Super Bowl’s half-time show on Sunday night. In addition to her performance, 100 fans were given the opportunity to join her onstage.  The fans that got up close and personal with [...]

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Nickelodeon: Stop Advertising Junk Food to our Children

Posted December 19th, 2012 by

Pssst…your child’s favorite cartoons on Nickelodeon aren’t as cute and innocent as they look. In fact, they’re quite guilty of teaching your child to want junk food and to pester you for these unhealthy products. They’re making your child believe that junk foods are “kids’ food” and that’s what they’re supposed to be eating. Quite [...]

Food marketing to children: What can you do?

Posted December 6th, 2012 by

Eighty six percent of the food marketed to our children is for unhealthy products so it’s no surprise that researchers have found links between food marketing exposure and the rapid increase of childhood obesity and related diseases. Let’s face it, food marketing works. If it didn’t the food and beverage industry wouldn’t spend over $1.6 [...]

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