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[Good Food Force] #SmartSnacks for #Backtoschool!

August 22, 2014
Greetings Good Food Force! This week we're all about SMART SNACKS! Check out a summary of exciting updates to snacks in schools, as well as some tips on great options you can make at home. Please read and share! 1. THE HOT LINE: Let's get excited about #SmartSnacks! We've been talking a lot about healthy changes to school meals, and now the new Smart Snack Standards have also gone into effect! The changes will help ensure that snacks and beverages sold in 
schools meet basic healthy standards, while still giving schools flexibility to choose from a wide variety of options. Check out some...
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: Back to School with Smart Snacks

August 17, 2014
This year as kids go back to school, school food will be getting even healthier. Smart Snacks went into effect July 1st , updating the national nutrition standards for vending, school stores, fundraisers, and a la carte in school cafeterias. Also, school lunches and breakfasts continue to get healthier, with stronger standards this fall for whole grains, sodium, and fruit. Talk about GREAT news! Join @MomsRising and @CSPI for this week's #FoodFri tweetchat to learn more about the changes and how it will benefit all schoolchildren! Feel free to spread the word about the #FoodFri chat scheduled...
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: It's Not A "Poor Kid" Issue

August 15, 2014
Growing up, my Mami stressed the importance of breakfast. She knew it fueled my day, giving me the energy I needed to pay attention in school. Today, research shows school breakfast participation has been linked to fewer occurrences of student hunger, decreased tardiness and absenteeism , as well as, improved focus and cognitive abilities. Children who eat breakfast perform better academically and experience fewer visits to the school nurse. So, Mami was right - breakfast is important! Unfortunately, the traditional breakfast model where students eat in the cafeteria before the morning bell...
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MomsRising's Food Power Events Get Bigger And Better!

August 13, 2014
On August 2, 2014, we hosted Food Power 2014 in the Bronx, NY, alongside the amazing food justice community organization, The BLK Projek during their annual Not Just Talk conference. Two hundred people from around NYC came out to participate! Highlights from the conference include the MomsRising hosted brunch and gathering of fierce food justice moms working to protect school meals, increase access to healthy food, and end junk food marketing to children. Our discussion Food Fight! Moms on the front lines in schools and communities brought together dozens of bloggers and activists. We...
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Get To Know MomsRising's 2014 Food Power Awardees

August 12, 2014
As part of the MomsRising Food Team, I've witnessed first-hand the passion our members have about food issues and food justice. From weekly #FoodFri chats to on the ground activisim, MomsRising members rise up to ensure all communities have options, and access, to healthy foods and meals. This year, we celebrated New York area members, who have gone above and beyond. They are fierce . Today, we celebrate them for all they have done and continue to do. They changed lives with their voices and activism. And, it all began with one step that snowballed into something bigger, impacting not only...
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FoodPower14 Recap!

August 12, 2014
MomsRising's #FoodPower14 was held on August 2nd in partnership with The Blk Projek's Not Just Talk conference. Here is my recap, please visit my blog for more pictures! MomsRising ‘s FoodPower 2014 conference was held last week. This event is near and dear to my heart because I care about these issues and I’m a Good Food Force blogger. Also, last year at this event I met some fab ladies and bloggers whom I have the honor and privilege to now call my friends. This year Food Power 2014 was held partnership with The Blk Projek ‘s Not Just Talk conference. The theme of the#NotJustTalk conference...
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: Enjoy Summer's Sweetness, Wholesomely!

August 8, 2014
We couldn't walk away. A challenge had been thrown down: " Make a pledge to do something in your community that reduces children’s intake of sugary drinks ." Never one to back down, has taken up the challenge! Join us this Friday, August 8, 2014, at 1p.m. EST, on Twitter for our weekly @MomsRising #FoodFri tweetchat as we chat about summer's sweetness, without the sugary drinks! The science is clear: Our kids are consuming too much sugar and it has serious implications for their future health. We’re asking you to make a pledge to do one thing to help reduce children’s intake of...
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Food Fight in Congress? Moms can end this!

August 8, 2014
Lobbyist: We can't afford to give kids healthier meals Moms: We can't afford not to! Send a tomato to Congress! Take Action Ever wanted to send a rotten tomato to Congress? Now is your chance! Last month, U.S. Ho use members dealt a hefty blow to healthy school lunches. After years of hard work to get healthier meals that have more fruit and vegetables and less sugar, fat, and salt in school cafeterias across the country, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to let schools opt out of new nutritional standards! [1] Not okay. Pin-striped suited corporate lobbyists are selling out our kids...
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Not just one mother's battle

August 2, 2014
Today's is the first day of 2014 World Breastfeeding Week. Just earlier this year, Iowa Public Radio broadcasted a remarkable story about Linda Eaton. Eaton was an Iowa City Firefighter. Thirty-five years ago, she continued to breastfeed her child at work against orders from her supervisor, and a breastfeeding discussion was launched locally and gained national attention.
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: MomsRising's Food Power Event is Back! #FoodPower14

July 31, 2014
Happy Friday! Have you heard the news? MomsRising's Food Power event is back! We've teamed up with the The BLK Projek's Not Just Talk, a full-day conference of exciting women working in social justice.
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