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Healthy Food Superheroes UNITE!

October 3, 2014
What an exciting moment to be working on food justice! Change is happening on every front, from the new meal and snack standards in schools, to real progress being made in the fight against junk food marketing to kids. We’re so proud to have such a stellar group of moms working with us on this issue! So much so, in fact, that we think it’s time to come together, get inspired and plan the next phase of our work. We’re bringing together a powerful group of moms, advocates and experts for the first national Good Food Force Meeting in Washington, D.C. November 7-8, and we're looking for food...
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: Healthy Halloween Tips & Strategies

September 30, 2014
October brings shorter days, crisp apples, pumpkins and Halloween. It heralds in the beginning of the holiday season that will last until January. It also marks the beginning of Halloween candy, school parties and an onslaught of junk food that your kids are exposed to this time of year. Yet, we can avoid those sugar crazed Zombies and go bananas over healthy options! Join #FoodFri on Friday, October 3, 2014, at 1p.m., EST, as @MomsRising chats with @400Moms about healthier Halloween alternatives. Learn strategies that are fun, festive and healthy at this week’s #FoodFri tweetchat. Spread the...
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Good Food Force: Alicia Keys, #MomsVote, Lunch Box Inspirations and more!

September 26, 2014
Welcome to this week's Good Food Force Update! We have a special announcement this week ... please read on, and share! 1. THE HOT LINE Announcing... #WeAreHere! HUGE news! Alicia Keys just announced she's contributing to @MomsRising & #WeAreHere partners! Find out more about #WeAreHere at: . Let's Get Out the #MomsVote! In most states, voter registration deadlines are just around the corner so there’s no time to spare. Click here to remind your friends to register to vote! Our “Mad Men” era workplace polices--unequal pay, lack of paid family leave, childcare that...
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: Learn more about Smart Snacks + Healthy School Fundraisers!

September 25, 2014
Sick of fast-food & candy fundraisers in schools ? We are too! Thankfully, this year most states are turning to healthier school fundraisers . Consistent with the USDA’s Smart Snacks that improve the nutrition of snacks and drinks sold through the a la carte line at lunch, school stores, and vending machines, school fundraisers hosted during the day are getting a make-over! Join #FoodFri this Friday, Septemeber 26. 2014 at 1pm, EST on Twitter While some states are providing some limited exemptions for school fundraisers , many are going with just healthy fundraising options. This #FoodFri...
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: Raise YOUR Voice for Healthy School Snacks!

September 18, 2014
Nationally, most students buy at least one sugary drink or snack every day in school —one of the many reasons why school food greatly affects their health. National guidelines are in place this year to make sure school snacks are healthy. Join us for FoodFri on Friday, September 19, 2014, at 1 p.m. EST. Click to learn more about our panelist, Prevent Obesity . YOUR VOICE is needed to make sure these changes are made in kids’ schools. It is our responsibility to ensure kids are healthy and ready to success in school and beyond. Studies show that children get better grades and miss fewer...
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Easy Peasy Recipe: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

September 17, 2014
This post originally appeared on Published with permission. It’s pumpkin time again! Although it is the eye catching, orange fruit of the pumpkin plant that receives the honor of being the hallowed symbol of season, the seeds deserve some glory too. Think twice before you toss those pumpkin guts this year. Pumpkin seeds are tasty little packages full of vitamins and minerals offering numerous health benefits. Pumpkin seeds, also called pepitas, are green in color often surrounded by an off white seed coat or shell (or hull or husk). Some varieties produce seeds without a shell. An...
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Drawing the Line at Cupcake Cones

September 15, 2014
September is “back to school” month for most kids in the United States. My daughter is in her last year of preschool, but some of her buddies have moved on to kindergarten. As this momentous transition is just around the corner for her, I’ve been talking to friends and family about what to expect. Last week, I visited a friend’s house for dinner. Her daughter – a typical five-year-old who knows all the words to all the songs from Frozen despite having never seen the movie – has just started kindergarten and is doing well. In fact, my friend's only concern is regarding the snacks provided at...
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Majority of Parents Support School Nutrition Standards and So Do I

September 15, 2014
As parents, my wife and I raise our kids to be concerned about their health—among a laundry list of other things. When they’re little, we focus on hand washing to ward off germs and prevent illnesses, teeth brushing and flossing for good oral health, activity to ensure energy balance and to keep our kids strong, and making sure they eat more than chicken nuggets at the dinner table. But especially as our kids get older, we have another concern to worry about: the food they have access to during the school day. In 2010, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act updated nutrition standards for foods...
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Four Good Reasons to Encourage Less Soda Consumption

September 15, 2014
Editor's Note: DYK that Mexico implemented a soda tax similar to the one proposed in Berkeley, Calif., and has been able to cut soda consumption among children as a result? To learn more, there is another panel discussion with officials from Mexico and food activist Raj Patel this Saturday, September 27 at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley. If you are in the area, I hope you to see you there! -Elisa BERKELEY, Calif. — This past weekend co-sponsored an educational panel on soda. Berkeley and San Francisco, California, each have ballot initiatives to tax soda...
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: The EmpowerMEnt Challenge

September 12, 2014
In my home, September is a time for new beginnings! The kids are preparing for a new school year. We're shopping for new school clothes. And, new schedules are started. Notice, most of these changes were instituted because of the children. This year I decided to start something new for me. I joined The EmpowerMEnt Challenge by the American Heart Association. What's The EmpowerMEnt Challenge? Over four weeks, families across the country are encouraged to take control of their health by pursuing a different goal every week which include increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption, reducing...
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