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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. 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 demanding better policies around junk food in schools, and at the local and national levels. Check out our Back to School Storybook, highlighting the voices of moms eager for a healthier school day.
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2. Junk food marketing to kids: 
Exposure to junk food marketing also increases a child's risk of obesity, once again with a disproportionate impact on communities of color. 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 putpressure on our leaders to take action. Join us in telling Nickelodeon to STOP marketing junk food to kids, and in telling Burger King and Wendy's to get soda out of kids' meals!

Join us! There are lots of ways to get involved:


Check out videos from our 2013 Food Power! Conference in Brooklyn, NY, including a special welcome from First Lady Michelle Obama!
       

Moms Blogging About Food

#FoodFri Tweetchat: If you can't sell it, why advertise it?

Posted April 17, 2014 by Migdalia Rivera Join @MomsRising and @PreventObesity this Friday, 4/18/14 at 1 p.m. EST / 10am PST for #NoMoreJunkAds, our #FoodFri tweetchat focused on creating a healthier school environment.Parents scored a huge victory last year when we won the Smart Snacks rule. Now snacks sold in school vending machines and a la carte lines must meet nutrition guidelines [...]

No More Mad Men Pay!

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