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#FoodFri Tweetchat: Restaurant Kids' Meals, Food Marketing and YOU!

January 23, 2015
With more and more families eating out, children are getting about 25% of their alloted calories from fast-food chains and restaurants. Given the role that they play, parents are seeking healthier kids' meal options. It's critical in the fight against childhood obesity. Join #FoodFri on Friday, January 23, 2015, as @MomsRising chats with @CSPI about Wendy's recent decision to drop soda from its kids' meal and learn what this means for families and kids! This tweetchat is a celebration, as well as an opportunity to discuss what we have planned in our battle for healthy children's meals. Join...
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Mud Run for Kids, Brain Breaks, and More: Vote and Win a Prize!

January 21, 2015
Healthy kids need to move it, move it. That’s why Salud America! is presenting six new #SaludHeroes who helped give Latino kids more physical activity. WATCH and VOTE for your favorite play-promoting #SaludHeroes by Jan. 27, 2015, and be entered in a random drawing to win a FREE T-shirt and jump rope! #SaludHeroes are: Mud Run for Kids. Elementary teachers Fred Bailon and John Soto started mud runs for students to help fight obesity in San Antonio, Texas, which is mostly Latino. Taking a “Brain Break” in Class. A principal launched brain breaks and new physical activity programs at Simon...
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: Strengthening Healthy Schools

January 16, 2015
With children consuming almost half of their daily calories at school, strengthening schools so that they can provide healthy school meals, can help stem the tide of childhood obesity in the United States - which incidentally has tripled over the last 4 decades. Together, with schools, Moms (And Dads!) can strengthen healthy schools to make sure our children have the best opportunity to live a healthy life. Join #FoodFri with @MomsRising and @AHA_Vida on Friday, January 16, 2015, at 1pm, EST as we share ideas, resources and inspire one another to strengthen healthy schools for our children...
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Environments are Critical - Stop the Foodie Victim Blaming

January 14, 2015
“What these families should be doing…” And that’s where she lost me. It had been a full day at the healthy food summit, full of well intentioned but misdirected physicians, restaurateurs and entrepreneurs spouting off on how we can make better choices and encourage others to do the same. It should be noted that the presenters were all white. It should be noted that they all listed their alma mater(s) on the program and held higher paying jobs. It should be noted that they all had the freedom to spend an entire mid-week day at a college campus talking about how lower-income families, mostly...
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2014 Food Wins!

We’re Showing Off, Taking a Bow and Celebrating #2014!

December 23, 2014
With the year coming to a close, we took a look back and can say unequivocally, it’s time to show off, take a bow and celebrate 2014 for all we accomplished, together , on food related issues. We’re Showing Off… In 2014, MomsRising and its Good Food Force members worked in support of healthy school lunch. During the summer of 2014, Congress attempted to roll back the new nutrition guideline for school lunch that Moms supported through an amendment in the appropriations bill that allowed schools to opt out. Via #SaveSchoolLunch, MomsRising, and its members, voiced their displeasure, placing...
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: Food and Fitness with @SaludToday

December 12, 2014
With the New Year just three weeks away, we're excited to host a Food and Fitness tweetchat that will jump start your healthy resolutions TODAY! Join @MomsRising and @MamasConPoder as we chat with @SaludToday on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 1pm EST /10am PST. Food and fitness go hand in hand. You can't lead a healthier life by ignoring one or the other. This week, we'll discuss how food and fitness work in tandem to help you create a healthier and more fulfilling life. Ask questions. Share resources. Invite a friend. Connect with others. Together, we will get the year off to a great, healthy...
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Thanksgiving Feast and the Lunchroom Economy

November 26, 2014
Editor's note: This post, Thanksgiving Feast and the Lunchroom Economy , written by A Leanne originally appeared on Zomppa. Last week I skipped out of work and joined my sons for their school cafeteria’s annual invite-your-adults-to-lunch event. The flyer that came home (squashed and half shredded by the grueling backpack ride) boasted this fine spread: How could I say no to that? I found myself waiting with a handful of other parents, all with looks of comingled confusion and eagerness, outside the cafeteria doors. As our second graders came trooping up the hallway in their very best wiggly-...
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Winter Squash Custard and Homemade Whip Topping Recipe

November 20, 2014
Thanksgiving makes me think of family and comfort food. Gathering with the people you love the most to eat a meal that you’ve prepared together is priceless. One of the foods I love to use throughout the fall and on Thanksgiving is winter squash. There are so many different ways you can prepare and use squash to make savory and sweet dishes. This custard dish is a perfect addition to any Thanksgiving dessert table and best of all it’s filled with many nutrients from the squash. Winter squashes delivers an ample dose of dietary fiber, making it an exceptionally heart­friendly choice. It...
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The Flu Vaccine and a Package of Twizzlers

November 20, 2014
Heeding the advice of medical authorities, I took my 6 1/2 year old son to the pediatrician about a week before Halloween, to get him the flu vaccine early in the season. When I turned around after I checked in, I saw my son sneaking away from the lollipop bowl to "hide" some artificially dyed forbidden treats in his book bag. Not daring to increase his obsession with pretty sweet things by making it an emotionally charged issue, I took the occasion to joke about it with him. A few minutes later, my son received the flu mist in a chair located about two inches from a another bowl of Halloween...
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Grocery Shopping Nightmare

November 14, 2014
From the moment I step out my door the nightmare begins. My Big Boy, who is six, asks where we are going and I answer ‘the grocery store.’ Immediately the nagging begins from the Little Tike, now 3, asking for candy and bargaining good behavior for a lollipop. Mind you, he had a big lunch right before heading out the door. How can I blame him? As soon as we walk into the grocery store, we’re greeted with displays of candies and potato chips. They fill the shelves, beckoning us with their bright colors. As a three year old, it is hard to ignore. Companies have spent millions of dollars to...
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