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Open letter, closed door in breastmilk bank controversy

January 23, 2015
For-profit corporation Medolac has announced the cessation of their plans to launch a Mothers Milk Co-op in Detroit, Michigan in response to breastfeeding activists’ demands for public accountability. As a Clinton Global Initiative to increase breastfeeding and economic empowerment in Detroit, Medolac announced its plans to establish a Mothers Milk Coop. Under its plan, the Co-op would pay mothers $1/ounce for their breastmilk, which would be sold to hospital NICUs for $7/ounce. Details of the proposed plan were made public in a New York Times Motherlode piece , which generated concern about...
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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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What parents can do to support a healthy school day!

January 21, 2015
Parents have a big role in making the new standards a success. Here's how you can help:
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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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Consejos para cocinar en familia con niños pequeños

January 15, 2015
Para muchos el simple hecho de pensar en cocinar en familia significa estrés y descontrol; pero para mí la cocina es el corazón del hogar, en ella se prepara la comida que nos da energía y nos mantiene unidos. Mi hijo, quien hace poco cumplió 5 años ha estado expuesto a lo que pasa en el corazón de mi casa desde muy temprana edad; recuerdo estar cocinando y tenerlo en una silla para bebé para controlarlo mejor. Aunque la memoria me puede estar jugando un truco, me parece que la primera vez que lo expuse a preparar alimentos él tenía un año medio más o menos y solía ayudarme los domingos en la...
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5 Tips for Cooking as a Family

January 15, 2015
For many, the mere thought of cooking as a family brings stress and uncontrollable messes; but for me the kitchen is the heart of the home, it is where we prepare the food that gives us energy and brings us together to the table. My son, who recently turned 5 years old has been exposed to what happens in the heart of our home from an early age; I remember being cooking and having him close to me in his highchair so I could keep an eye on him. Although memory may be playing tricks on me, I think the very first time I exposed him to actually cooking a meal he was about a year and a half and,...
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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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Tips for Healthy Meal Planning!

January 13, 2015
Meal planning is the most effective way to incorporate and budget healthy eating into your family’s meals. Typically, local supermarkets will share their upcoming sales and deals mid-week. Save the sale ad and begin drafting a shopping list of the meats, fruits and vegetables on sale that week. Browse your favorite blogs, Pinterest and cookbooks for low fat meals. I highly recommend The Skinnytaste Cookbook and Run DMT’s recipes. ;-) If you have picky eaters, get the kids involved to look through the cookbooks and search for recipes that look interesting to them. You’d be surprised as to what...
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A Real SUPER Mom: Running a marathon while pumping!

January 13, 2015
This weekend my friend Jenn ran her 23rd marathon....and stopped half way through to breast pump! Can you say Super Mom!?
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