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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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#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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