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NC Moms Speak Out on Healthy Food Access

June 27, 2016
Last week, I had the pleasure of joining with other MomsRising members in North Carolina at the NC Legislature in an effort to educate lawmakers and their staff about issues related to access to healthy foods for families across the state. We set up a small kid-run produce stand outside of the...
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Learn Strategies For Cultivating Healthy Habits at #FoodFri!

June 24, 2016
Habits are unconscious and automatic. Even if we want to eat healthfully and feed our families well, habits can undermine our good intentions. When willpower is drained, or we’re tired or stressed, we’re especially likely to fall back on habits, healthy or otherwise. That’s why building healthy...
Migdalia Rivera's picture

Summer Meals: Giving Families the Support They Need

June 23, 2016
As a mother and grandmother, I understand the importance of ensuring that America’s children are provided with nutritious meals every day. My grandchildren, who are 5 and 8, are just like all children – infinitely curious and filled with energy, love, and joy. Young children should be playing and...
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How your summer cookouts can protect public health

June 21, 2016
We can enjoy the summer free from the worry that a stumble on the sidewalk or a minor burn from the grill could turn into a serious illness, thanks to antibiotics. By supporting more responsibly-raised meat, you can help ensure these drugs remain effective, so that our summers can remain adventurous, rambunctious, and safe.
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LaJuana Clark's Story: 'It's Not How I Start. It's How I Finish.'

June 21, 2016
Author’s note: Last week, we discussed the Coalition on Human Needs' June 16 event, What Works – And What Doesn’t – To Reduce Poverty and Expand Opportunity . As part of that event, we heard the story of LaJuana Clark, who has struggled with homelessness and under-employment. This is LaJuana’s...
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Faith Communities and the Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan #FoodFri

June 17, 2016
For over two years resident of Flint, Michigan, have endured lead-poisoned water. In April 2014, Governor Snyder appointed an emergency manager who switched the Flint water supply from the Detroit water system to the Flint River. This change, done to save costs, put the lives of Flint residents in...
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Paul Ryan’s Recycled, Pro-Poverty Plan

June 16, 2016
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) recently unveiled what he refers to as “ a #BetterWay to fight poverty in America .” With all due respect, sir… First, although “unveiling” generally means to “ show or reveal to others for the first time ,” the agenda released this month presents few new ideas...
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Advocates Rally Against Provisions in House Child Nutrition Bill

June 16, 2016
Advocates led by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) rallied on Capitol Hill on Thursday, June 9 against provisions in the House Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill (H.R. 5003) they say are dangerous and misguided. Advocates were opposed to the bill that was introduced because it would weaken the Community Eligibility Provision that allows high-poverty schools to provide free meals to all students, affecting thousands of schools and millions of students, and changes made to the bill made it even more harmful.
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Baltimore is One Step Closer to Passing Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Legislation

June 14, 2016
Last week, I had the honor of joining a coalition of health advocates, parents and community leaders at Baltimore City Hall for the Health Committee hearing on legislation that would require warning labels for sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) on advertisements, menus, and points-of-purchase within...
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Food recall season is off to a big start

June 9, 2016
Once again the shift from spring to summer has carried with it a string of contamination-related food recalls. Twenty in the last month, and climbing.
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