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Healthy Food for Kids!

Educating and mobilizing moms and dads across the nation around healthy school foods, nutrition, food justice, and junk food marketing to kids.


 

Did you know? Almost 1 in 3 young people is at risk for nutrition-related diseases like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, according to the American Heart Association. But Moms and Dads can change this trend. We have tremendous power to keep our kids, schools and communities healthy. This year MomsRising's work on nutrition and food justice focuses on the following:

1. Getting soda out of kids meals:
With rising rates of children in the U.S. developing serious diseases like type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, it’s time to get sugary drinks off kids’ menus. Sugar-sweetened beverages like soda are the largest source of added sugar in children’s diets. And, they are the third highest source of kids’ calories overall. 
Drinking just one additional sugary drink every day increases a child’s odds of becoming obese. Join us in telling restaurants to remove soda as a default option in kid's meals. UPDATE: Moms are being heard! Burger King, Wendy's and Dairy Queen have all removed soda as a default option in kid's meals. The work continues!

2. Healthy school foods: 
Children consume a significant portion of their daily calories at school; when schools have healthy foods and beverages in cafeterias and vending machines, children eat better. We are supporting schools as they implement the new healthy meal and snack standards and demanding better policies around junk food in schools. We're also supporting parents as they get involved in School Wellness Committees, and promote healthy school parties and fundraisers. Check out our Back to School Storybook, highlighting the voices of moms eager for a healthier school day and tips for how schools can implement the new standards. 
 
3. Junk food marketing to kids: 
Companies should not undermine the healthy choices parents make for our kids. Yet many junk food marketing practices do just that, targeting our kids when we're not around through text messages, games, character endorsements, school materials, and more. As parents we can use our consumer power to demand that food and media companies change their practices around junk food marketing practices to kids, and put pressure on our leaders to take action. Earlier this year we asked the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI), the industry's self-regulatory mechanism, to encourage its member companies to do more to protect kids from junk food marketing. Now we need your help to tell Nickelodeon to STOP marketing junk food to kids.

All hands on deck! We need your help to ensure ALL of our kids have access to healthy food. Join us: 
     
  • Good Food Force volunteers take action to build healthy schools and communities. Join us to get weekly updates on food issues, invitations to special online and on-the-ground events, and more. Membership is free and easy. 
  • We discuss food issues every Friday at 1pm ET during the #FoodFri Tweetchats on Twitter, and the Good Food Force Facebook Group.  
  • Check out ideas, tips and testimonials around junk food marketing to kids and healthy school foods on our Pinterest boards
  • Stay tuned for updates on local meet-ups and Google+ Live events, coming this spring and summer! (Join the GFF Facebook Group to get the news first). 

Check out videos from our Food Power! Conference in Brooklyn, NY, including a special welcome from First Lady Michelle Obama!

Moms Blogging About Food!

An Inexcusable Hunger

Posted July 28, 2016 by Abby Leibman

Military families shouldn’t struggle with hunger. But they do — and that needs to stop. Those who make great personal sacrifices in service to our nation should be able to provide regular, nutritious meals to their families. Yet across the country, including in Virginia with its high number of military families, currently serving members of [...]

Posted Under: Food! military families

Women's Health: Tips to Help Women Age Healthfully #FoodFri

Posted July 28, 2016 by Migdalia Rivera

Women and men often experience disease or warning signs of disease differently. For example, women are at higher risk of breast cancer and osteoporosis and lose muscle mass at a younger age than men. Signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke also vary. Join #FoodFri on Friday, July 29, 2016, with @MomsRising and @CSPI, [...]

Posted Under: Food!

Let's Chat About Summer Foods, Family and FUN with @BokKids at #FoodFri!

Posted July 22, 2016 by Migdalia Rivera

TweetchatWith summer in full swing, parents and children are enjoying more time outside, at the park, beach, BBQs and while traveling.  This is great fun but can easily derail a family's healthy accomplishments. To stay mindful of the food you and your family are consuming, because junk food is ok once in a while but [...]

Posted Under: Food!

WIC Nutrition Education: Making Nutrition Work for Your Family

Posted July 18, 2016 by Sarah Widor

Healthy…  Nutritious… Low Fat… High Fiber… Moderation… Exercise… Carbs… Protein…  These days, you can’t walk down the street or flip through your favorite magazine without being bombarded by directives about what to eat and how to eat it.  Messages on how to live a healthy lifestyle are all around us, but making meaning of it [...]

Posted Under: Food!
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