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#FoodFri Tweetchat: Save School Lunch!

June 18, 2014
Parents have spoken. Nationwide 78 percent of parents think that healthier food in schools will increase academic performance and 90 percent of Americans want K-12 schools to play a role in reducing obesity in their community. The USDA heard and implemented USDA nutritional standards for school meals , the first in 15 years . Currently, 90% of schools are serving healthy meals - that's progress! Now some members of Congress are challenging the National School Lunch Program’s updated nutrition standards. They are playing politics with our children's health. And, we must take a stand...
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Calling Young Artists! National Contest to Raise Awareness About Poverty

June 16, 2014
With the swipe of a paintbrush or click of a camera, your child can make a difference in the fight to end poverty. Not only that, they have the chance to win exciting prizes, and have their artwork showcased in a national campaign. As part of our mission to build the political and public will to cut poverty in half in ten years, the Half in Ten Campaign is hosting our first ever nationwide art competition with the theme Our American Dream—What Will It Take To Get There? , and the June 30th submission deadline is only two weeks away. We are calling on everyone, ages 4 to 24 , to unleash their...
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Lobbyists Push to Weaken School Nutrition

June 11, 2014
Where I live, school lunches used to be pretty gross. But I have to admit, I didn't know what horrible shape school lunchrooms were in all across the country until I watched Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution.
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: Nutrition Expert Shares Tips for Kids' Summer Fun & Healthy Eating

June 11, 2014
With school out and summer in full swing, how do you keep health eating a priority for kids? Before you throw in the towel, join @MomsRising and Jill West, RD, author and registered dietitian, to talk about summer activities that foster healthy eating. We’ll also discuss healthy tips for road trips, air travel and eating out on vacation. Come share your ideas and learn a few practical tips for healthy eating, while still enjoying the indulgences of summer and family vacations. When: June 13, 2014 Time: 1 p.m., EST Hashtag: #FoodFri Where: Twitter or Host: @MomsRising...
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5 things I learned during the Fed Up Challenge! #Sugarfree

June 6, 2014
Note: This post was originally published on my blog, LadydeeLG. (I hope you will visit!). I'm happy to say that it's been over a week and I'm STILL drinking coffee withOUT sugar!! I took the 10 day #FedUpChallenge inspired by the team at . I decided to take on the #FedUpChallenge, and be attempt to be sugar-free for 10 days. Today is my last day. Here’s what I learned: 1. Coffee without sugar is still coffee. (and it’s still amazingly good.) The first thing that surprised me is that what I thought was going to be hard (no sugar in my coffee) was actually not that bad. 2. Sugar is...
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Making Climate Smart Choices for Your Family

June 5, 2014
June 5th is World Environment Day. It’s like Earth Day, celebrated here in the U.S., but for the whole wide World! Run by the United Nation Environment Program (or UNEP) it was established in 1972 by the U.N. General Assembly. In honor of World Environment Day 2014, Center for Food Safety’s Cool Foods Campaign is releasing a new video called “ Be Climate Smart with Cool Foods. ” It lays out five principles you can use to make food choices on a daily basis that help take a bite out of climate change. Like the energy and transportation systems, the global food system accounts for a significant...
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Taking a Stance on NYC’s Sugary Drink Portion Cap

June 4, 2014
The big day has finally arrived for everyone involved in the case over New York City’s policy which limits serving sizes for sugary drinks, and which I wrote about last year . Today, the Court of Appeals in New York (which is, confusingly, the state’s Supreme Court) hears arguments over the regulation requiring restaurants to serve sugary drinks in containers of 16 ounces or less . This policy remains extremely controversial. When it was passed by the Board of Health in 2012, the cries of “nanny-state,” which dogged Michael Bloomberg for much of his tenure as mayor, reached a fever pitch. In...
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: Community Eligibilty for Free School Breakfast and Lunch

June 4, 2014
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act will expand universal free school meals in high poverty schools in your state. This means that low-income children in high poverty schools will have access to a FREE healthy breakfast and lunch. This will change a child’s whole day, every day, for the better! Starting next school year (2014-2015), the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) will be available to over 15,000 high poverty schools nationwide. That is monumental and we want to make sure that eligible schools have the opportunity to enroll. States published lists of eligible and near-eligible schools...
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: Healthy School Food Rewards and Parties

May 28, 2014
As a parent, I am super excited about today's #FoodFri Tweetchat! We're discussing healthier options for school food rewards and parties so that you, as a parent, can be prepared to offer fun, creative, healthy choices to kids of all ages! Join #FoodFri this Friday, May 30, 2014, at 1 PM EST as @MomsRising chats with @CSPI ! We'll share resources and ideas that will help you make children feel sweet, without any added sugar! Feel free to bring your questions and suggestions to the chat. We welcome all voices and hope YOURS will be one of them. Just make sure to add the hashtag #FoodFri to all...
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The Muffin Top Manifesto

May 29, 2014
Today is my 45th birthday, and a few nights ago I witnessed a crazy, yet common, conversation among friends.
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