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#FoodFri Tweetchat: Healthy Tips for Eating Out

June 24, 2014
Eating out accounts for a third of Americans’ calories and contributes to poor nutrition and obesity . Restaurant foods and beverages often contain high levels of calories, saturated fat, sugars, and salt, and not enough fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. And restaurant practices, like large portions, upselling, free refills of sugary beverages, and unhealthy default side dishes, make healthy eating a challenge. Join @MomsRising and @CSPI for this week's #FoodFri tweetchat on healthy options for eating out! Learn how to eat healthy when you dine out and share your tips, strategies and...
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The United States of Compost

June 25, 2014
Vermont is a cool place and it’s getting cooler. The Green Mountain State passed a “ universal recycling law ” (Act 148) that has a number of progressive provisions including mandatory composting. Starting this summer, enterprises that generate two tons or more of food scraps per week – e.g., grocery stores, restaurants and food producers – must divert them from landfills. Because the law is being phased in over several years, residents have until 2020 to comply. After that, food scraps and yard debris ( i.e., leaves and wood scraps) will be banned from landfills. If this sounds a bit...
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Moms say No to Nick!

October 25, 2013
Got a minute? Mom to mom: we really need your help to keep the pressure on Nickelodeon to STOP marketing junk food to kids! Can you add your voice? You see, Nickelodeon has a huge influence on children, like my son J.P. A 2012 study by the Center for Science and the Public Interest found that 69% of Nickelodeon food ads sell junk food to kids. [1] Sure, I can just turn off the T.V. But it's not just the T.V. These ads are targeting kids like my son J.P. through games, product placement, clothing, the Internet,...
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Not a joke - this actually happens

April 22, 2014
Can you believe this? There's even junk food marketing in our schools. It's enough to have to deal with junk food marketing pretty much everywhere else. But it certainly shouldn't be reading, writing, and junk food ads in schools! Help us get junk food marketing out of our schools: That's right! There are no national standards about what can, and cannot, be advertised to kids in schools, even though there are great new standards for what foods can be sold in schools starting next school year! Providing healthier...
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[Good Food Force] Tweet with Jamie Oliver; We are 60,000 strong!

May 8, 2014
Happy Spring! We're excited to finally be able to play outside and enjoy some warmer weather! Please find brief Good Food Force updates, below! :) 1. April Highlights: 60,000 speak out against junk food ads in schools! Together with our partners, we delivered 60,000 comments in support of the “Local School Wellness Policy Implementation” proposed rule which will, among other things, curb the marketing of junk food in schools. A big thanks to everyone who signed and circulated the petition. Once again, we've shown that moms are a force to be reckoned with! Read a blog post from our team...
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[Good Food Force] Protect the healthy school meal!

May 15, 2014
Dear Marianne, Welcome to this week's Good Food Force update! Please find updates, resources and action ideas below. 1. The Hot Line: Threats to healthy lunches, and No Big Potato! Healthy changes to school meals are under attack! We're anticipating a new pushback on the meal standards, which went into effect this school year. The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture is considering measures that would threaten the whole-grain-rich requirement, sodium requirements, and restrictions on sales of competitive foods. Moms have spoken out in overwhelming support of the new meal standards...
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Soda has got to go

June 23, 2014
Ever have someone tell you they've got "sugar" when you asked how they are doing? It's an old Southern term that means he/she is sick, stricken with a form of diabetes, and in most cases, type 2. Type 2 diabetes is a debilitating, life altering, deadly and preventable disease. For decades, it was considered a condition developed in middle-aged adults who had experienced a lifetime of nutrition imbalances. Sadly, there is a new growing demographic of people afflicted with this form of diabetes: our children. Their little bodies are facing the potential harsh health complications that come with...
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Pizza and french fries, five days a week?!

May 21, 2014
Dear Test, This is red-hot urgent! We need all hands on deck to tell Congress that pizza and french fries, five days a week, is not a menu we want in school cafeterias. Tell your member of Congress to put children’s health FIRST by maintaining strong nutrition standards for school meals and snacks. This week, some members of Congress are trying to weaken school lunch standards. So the clock is ticking to make our voice heard. Now is not the time to go backwards! Just last year, parents, students, and many school...
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[Good Food Force] Latest on #SaveSchoolLunch

June 5, 2014
Dear Friend, Welcome to this week's Good Food Force update! Please find updates, resources and action ideas below. 1. The Hot Line: #SaveSchoolLunch and WIC Update #SaveSchoolLunch : Over the last month we've been discussing the new pushback on school meals. This fight is happening through the appropriations process on Capitol Hill. Some members of Congress want to roll back the gains made to make healthier meals the standard. Despite the fact that over 90% of schools have already successfully implemented nutrition standards set by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, a proposed House...
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[Good Food Force] The "real" Wendy, Recipes for Dad &!

June 11, 2014
Dear Friend, Welcome to this week's Good Food Force update! We're devoting this week's issue to protecting healthy school meals! Please find an update, and some useful resources you can use to get the word out, below! 1. The Hot Line Pushback on healthy school meals continues! It's been an action packed week on Capitol Hill for school foods. And, we need your continued help to reach out to members of Congress as the Ag spending bills move forward in the House and Senate. Please find suggestions on how to get involved, below! This week the U.S. House of Representatives took up the Agriculture...
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