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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!

A Storm Is Coming Your Way? 5 Tips to Help You Prepare Without Spending a Fortune

Posted May 3, 2016 by Lucia Castro Herrera

It is impressive to see how supermarkets are always empty on the eve of a storm. I wonder: If we get overly alarmed and exaggerate too much in the moment instead of being prepared for the long term? Before the recent snowstorm in the Northeast, when I went to do my weekly shopping, I noticed [...]

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Healthy Food for Healthy Children in North Carolina

Posted May 2, 2016 by Morgan Wittman Gramann

This post originally appeared on NC Child. North Carolina is in the midst of a childhood health crisis. Children across the state are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, some cancers, and other chronic diseases because they lack access to healthy, nutritious food. Families want to be healthy, but too many simply have nowhere [...]

Posted Under: Food!

Food Dyes: Learn Which Are Important to Avoid at #FoodFri

Posted April 29, 2016 by Migdalia Rivera

Tweetchat Food dyes are unnecessary ingredients that are added to improve the look of foods. Although most food additives are safe, there are many that have negative health effects or trigger adverse reactions, such as hyperactivity, in sensitive kids.   Join #FoodFri at 1pm EST / 10am PSTon April 29, 2016 with @MomsRising and @CSPI to [...]

Posted Under: Food!

Advocates Oppose House Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill

Posted April 29, 2016 by Lecia Imbery

Anti-hunger advocates reacted strongly in opposition to a House Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill introduced last Wednesday, April 20. A statement from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) said the bill would roll back years of progress, leaving countless children without access to nutritious meals. Analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said the bill could increase food insecurity [...]

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