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Community Transforming ROSEs provide peer breastfeeding support

February 12, 2015
Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE) is a member network that was founded to address breastfeeding disparities among people of color nationwide through culturally competent training, education, advocacy, and support. With a focus on increasing breastfeeding initiation and duration rates, ROSE seeks to normalize breastfeeding by serving as a catalyst that provides resources and networking opportunities for individuals and communities. Our efforts to empower a growing cadre of advocacy-oriented “ROSE Community Transformers” tops the list in our strategic plan to address breastfeeding...
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Doula trainings creating a united front of support for infant feeding

February 12, 2015
Tell us about Ancient Song Doula Services (ASDS) and how it began. Ancient Song Doula Services began the Fall of 2008 after the birth of my first child at home with a midwife and a doula. In my own journey I realized that there wasn't enough information or services around primarily focused on women of color, especially within low income communities. I realized the difficulties I faced being economically stable, having private insurance and being able to find care that spoke to me. So, I decided to create what I thought was lacking at the time. Culturally competent care that allowed a consumer...
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Oregon-based ICTC grows midwives and doulas around the world

February 12, 2015
Tell us about ICTC and how it began. The International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) began in 1991 as the first national Black midwifery non-profit organization in the US. We began out of the need for Black midwives to have an organized voice on local, national and international issues that affect the birth outcomes in our communities; to be a beacon to encourage others to train as midwives and a reference to the proud legacy of the African American midwife. The ICTC has a national board and state representatives to support the ICTC mission nationally. We created a culturally...
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Good Food Force Update: Healthy Valentine's Day, FY2016 budget and more!

February 6, 2015
Greetings! This week we're talking about funding for food and nutrition programs in President Obama's FY2016 budget, sharing tips on healthy Valentine's Day celebrations, and announcing our new Good Food Force Facebook Group! Please read and share. Thank you! 1. THE HOT LINE The Ins and Outs of President Obama’s FY2016 Budget President Obama’s budget proposal for FY2016, released earlier this week, will cost $3.99 trillion (beginning October 1st). The President’s budget carries no legislative weight—in order for our government to actually be funded Congress needs to pass their own budget and...
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: #NYC Introduces a Healthy Happy Meal Bill!

February 6, 2015
The Healthy Happy Meal Bill presented in NYC by Council Member Ben Kallos and drafted in partnership with parents’ groups, Center for Science in the Public Interest, and the American Heart Association is currently before the New York City Council. The bill would tie toys and other incentives that come with kids’ meals to minimum nutrition standards. It would not, however, ban toys sold with kids’ meals. Rather, it would merely put a stop to the practice of incentivizing unhealthy eating among children. Join #FoodFri with @MomsRising , @BenKallos and @RobinVitale on Friday, February 6, 2015,...
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4 Healthy Valentine’s Day Theme Parties for School (& Home!)

February 6, 2015
Written by and reposted from School Bites Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite hol­i­days, and not because of choco­late, roses and roman­tic din­ners (let’s face it, I have three young kids…so not hap­pen­ing!). I’m actu­ally in love with the food! Pink, red and heart shapes lend them­selves to fab­u­lously fun and healthy treats for school par­ties (as well as break­fasts, lunch­boxes, snacks and din­ners, of course). To help with your school cel­e­bra­tion plan­ning, I put together this round-up of 4 theme par­ties that will both nour­ish and excite the kids. Remem­ber: Pre­sen­ta­tion is...
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Antibiotic-Free Meat Buying Guide

January 31, 2015
Brought to you by U.S. PIRG Education Fund Happy Saturday! Today’s #GFF2015 Healthy New Year Challenge activity is brought to you by U.S. PIRG Education Fund and is all about protecting the health of our communities. Have you heard? The White House just doubled funding to combat antibiotic resistance – citing it a major public health and economic threat. Luckily, you can help combat this problem in the grocery store. Our tips: Learn more about the effects of overusing antibiotics in factory farming. Then, next time you go grocery shopping, make sure you buy meat that’s labeled “raised...
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School Food Advocacy 101

January 30, 2015
Our kids spend most of their waking life at school, so the food they encounter there can have a real impact on their health. If you're feeling concerned about some aspect of your child's school food environment - take action! Here are some general tips for effective school food advocacy: Keep your cool. Food is an emotional issue for most people, and questioning how someone feeds the children in their care can touch on all kinds of sensitivities. So no matter how annoyed or angry you may feel about junk food at your child’s school, first take a deep breath! Remember that the teacher passing...
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: What's In Your Fruit Snacks?

January 29, 2015
Looking for a healthy treat? Don't be deceived by claims of "fruit" in your snacks! Fruit snacks are everywhere: supermarkets, convenience stores, lunch boxes, cafeterias, vending machines... But the truth is these brightly colored processed foods tend to be all snack and no fruit. Join #FoodFri at 1pm, EST, on 1/30/2015, with @MomsRising and @CSPI to share and learn the truth about fruit snacks and healthier alternatives to snack on. Feel free to invite a friend (or two!) by clicking below! Tweet: Don't be deceived by claims of "fruit" in snacks! Join #FoodFri 1/30 @ 1pET to learn more: http...
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Who Makes Our Food?

January 27, 2015
More than 100 years ago, after Upton Sinclair worked undercover in Chicago meatpacking plants, he revealed the abuse and exploitation of immigrant workers in the industry—including the tragic story of a worker who fell into a rendering tank. Public reaction to his great book, “ The Jungle ,” forced federal measures to make food safer—but not workers safer. There shouldn’t be any separation between good food and good jobs, because working conditions in the food system are everyone else’s eating conditions. Unions represent workers throughout the food system—farm workers, meat cutters, poultry...
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