children’s health

Healthy School Fundraisers: A Win for Schools and Students

Posted April 11th, 2014 by

As more districts experience budget cuts, schools become desperate to find quick and easy methods to raise money for classroom materials and technology. As a parent of three children, I find most fundraising to be tedious and useless. I’d rather perform singing telegrams than try to peddle popcorn bins, cookie dough and candles to family [...]

Posted Under: Nutrition & Food

Maryland General Assembly Has Established Funding for Pesticide Reporting!

Posted April 7th, 2014 by

Thank you MomsRising and Maryland Moms! With your help, the Maryland General Assembly passed House Bill 621 / Senate Bill 700, legislation that generates revenue for professional pesticide usage reporting through a modest increase on the annual pesticide manufacturers product registration fee. Establishing dedicated funds for pesticide reporting in Maryland is a first step toward [...]

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High Quality Pre-K Gets the Spotlight in Pennsylvania

Posted March 13th, 2014 by

One of the best places to be in my state on any given day is in the classroom of a high quality pre-k program. There you will hear laughter and intriguing conversation. There you will see smiles and brows furrowed in curiosity. There you will reassured and valued for your unique gifts. There you will [...]

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 [...]

Posted Under: Nutrition & Food

Give brains a chance, say scientists

Posted February 21st, 2014 by

Scientists issued yet another wake up call last week, adding more chemicals to the list of those known to harm our children’s brains. These neurotoxicants — including the common pesticide chlorpyrifos — are linked to falling IQs, increased risk of ADHD and other developmental disorders. Now here’s the really extraordinary part of the story: the [...]

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Pesticide Progress: 2014 Maryland General Assembly Bill Forges the Path

Posted February 19th, 2014 by

As you may remember, Smart on Pesticides Maryland has been trying very hard to advocate for pesticide reporting in Maryland and we’ve made some great progress. Recently, a state legislative workgroup determined that there are data gaps in pesticide use – particularly related to where, when and the amount of specific pesticides being used – [...]

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A Step Closer to Pesticides Reporting in 2014

Posted January 29th, 2014 by

What do Maryland’s kids, our declining honeybees and fish have in common – and especially during this Maryland 2014 legislative session? Pesticides! High rates of childhood cancer, autism, ADHD and asthma in Maryland and elsewhere have been linked to pesticide exposures. Pesticides are also implicated in intersex fish found in Maryland’s waterways; the “canaries in [...]

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Has “Breast is Best” Jumped the Shark?

Posted January 22nd, 2014 by

I’m a working mother of two small children, and I’ve breastfed them both. In fact, I’m currently somewhere in the middle of breastfeeding my second child, who has cut some teeth recently and knows how to use them, so we’ll see how much longer this continues. And it’s been interesting, being alive and mothering and [...]

On Pesticides, Soap and Common Sense

Posted January 9th, 2014 by

Scan the ingredient list of many “antibacterial” soaps and body washes, and you’ll find triclosan. This pesticide — yes, I said pesticide — is so widely used that it’s now found in most of our bodies. And after decades of thinking about it, FDA is finally saying “enough.” It turns out some significant risks are [...]

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Protecting kids around the world

Posted December 4th, 2013 by

Earlier this week our partners in Asia released an in-depth, global study on children and pesticides. As a mom, I’m both deeply thankful for this report and profoundly frustrated that it needs to be written at all. Dr. Meriel Watts reviewed hundreds of scientific studies from around the world, and found that children across the [...]

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