Every day, 12- to 14-year-old kids see an average of 15 food ads on television, and preschoolers see 11. Special offers and food-themed games pop up on children’s websites, and companies can now send personalized ads directly to kids’ cell phones. Brightly-colored packages line grocery store aisles, and kid-friendly characters peddle snacks of all kinds [...]
As a mom of two small children I know the struggle that parents have trying to find healthy alternatives to some of the goodies that kids ask (beg, plead, and nag) for. I’ve joined up with the MomsRising Halloween Blog Carnival because I truly believe that in order for our kids to someday be healthy adults, they first have to start out [...]
I’m joining the MomsRising Halloween Blog Carnival because I believe children should live healthier lives. As a Mom and health advocate with the American Heart Association, I’m concerned about providing healthier choices for children and reducing the health issues associated with childhood obesity. I want to help build a generation of healthier children who embrace [...]
Researchers increasingly draw links between pesticides and serious illnesses like cancer, Parkinson’s disease, birth defects, and a host of others, as well as impacts on aquatic life, such as the Potomac River’s very own intersex fish. Lately the mystery surrounding worldwide beehive loss is leading researchers to question when, where and how pesticides are used and how they affect bees. Maybe the beekeepers’ demand for the most basic pesticide information could be a tipping point in the quest for a reporting database.
I didn’t realize how many women don’t have access to basic information on how to protect themselves (and their unborn child) from exposure to toxic chemicals. Check out WVE’s tips for harmful chemicals to avoid during pregnancy!
Confession. Making my kids lunch every day is hard for me. I’m not proud of this. I am a mom that works in childhood obesity prevention, I have overhauled the snack program at our daycare, I am active in the local food movement, and I’m the mom that doesn’t bring chips or cookies for the [...]
As we move rapidly towards health care open enrollment starting October 1, it’s becoming increasingly important to look at how essential benefits will be offered by health plans through the state exchanges. Advocates in California recently learned first-hand that health plan decisions can be fluid, and that staying involved and engaged can make a difference [...]
As a nation, we have become accustomed to paying relatively little for our food as a percentage of overall income.[i] While this cheap food may on the face of it seem like a good thing, it actually comes at an alarming, and astronomical, cost. This is due to the fact that whenever you buy non-organic [...]
We are making progress on confirming the need for a Maryland pesticide use database! And so many of you helped us get here. The August meeting of the Maryland Pesticide and Information Act Workgroup, its second, focused on what we do and don’t know about pesticides. The workgroup, consisting of stakeholders on both sides, was [...]
You know that SC Johnson commercial that’s on 24/7 about how they they disclose all ingredients right down to fragrance? (Except that they don’t.) We spoofed it. Watch to get the real story!