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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!

Coca-Cola deal with Monster Energy bad for children

Posted July 28, 2015 by Tiffany Santos

A recent deal between Coca-Cola and Monster Energy reinforces some common challenges that parents face every day: How do we protect our children from companies that spend so much time coming up with new ways to sell things to our children? How do we keep our children healthy when billions are spent every year marketing [...]

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What's up with the 'DARK Act'?

Posted July 27, 2015 by Anya Vanecek

There are two names for H.R. 1599: The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 and the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act. There’s no doubt in my mind which is the more accurate. The proposed law would do nothing to make our food safer and would prevent families from getting more accurate [...]

Sodium and the Evidence for Decreasing Sodium Intake - Learn More at #FoodFri

Posted July 23, 2015 by Migdalia Rivera

Tweetchat Please join @MomsRising, @AmHeartAdvocacy and @CSPI Friday, July 24th from 1 pm to 2pm EDT for a #FoodFri tweetchat to discuss sodium. Congress, companies and some school food service organizations are trying to roll back sodium guidelines for school foods.  Some reporters are calling into question the science behind the need to lower sodium [...]

Posted Under: Food!

Not too late to Save our Food Choices!

Posted July 22, 2015 by Lora O'Connor

Dear other Moms who want to know what we are feeding our children, ourselves and our families:  I am reaching out as a member of MomsRising.org to encourage everyone to pick up the phone NOW to help stop this horrible pre-emptive measure that prohibits the democratic process and would make it impossible to choose what [...]

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