Wendy S. Lesko is president of the Youth Activism Project. Her latest handbook for adults is Catalyst! Successful Strategies to Empower Young Advocates. To learn more follow Wendy on Twitter:
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January 30, 2014
Coca-Cola’s mission is “to refresh the world” and promote “open happiness.” The world’s number one beverage company boasts about its initiatives “to support active, healthy living” such as donating to youth fitness programs. Here are a few examples of young people who are questioning this sugar-coated thinking. Truth Unfiltered, Flavored Lies is an award-winning rap documentary produced by three high school students in Columbia, Maryland with the verdict: “Soda is the new nicotine.” P.H.A.T [Powerful, Healthy, Active, Teens] video by a reporter interviewed Youth Radio interns in Oakland,...
August 2, 2013
“I don’t think it’s fair when big companies try to trick kids into eating food. It isn’t fair that so many kids my age are getting sick.” That was the zinger by Hannah Robertson directed to McDonald’s CEO who countered “We don’t sell junk food.” Plenty of backlash centered on Hannah’s mother, a nutrition activist, for this brazen publicity stunt. One comment on NPR’s The Salt blog reads “You cannot tell me that a 9-year-old wanted to attend a McDonald's shareholders meeting on a Thursday morning on her own accord.” Actually I know a lot of children who wish their moms would give them a...