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No Cookies 2 my Kid. Community Prevention 4evR

December 1, 2010
If Sarah Palin had shown up at the door of my son’s kindergarten class with fresh baked cookies, he would have been at the front of the line. And I wouldn’t have been able to do a thing about it. Like most parents, I work full time, and I depend on my school—and its food policies—to protect my son’s health when I’m not around.

Food Safety Act Passes!

November 30, 2010
Everyday, children from Nevada just like my friend Rylee Gustufson, a bright teenager from Henderson, eat lettuce, spinach, or eggs. They eat these foods at home and at school. We tell them that vegetables are good for them and will make them strong. But a raw spinach salad made Rylee so sick she...

Speak Up NOW! - Less Than 24 Hours Left to Pass Food Safety Bill

November 30, 2010
A year in which Americans have seen a number of contaminated food recalls can close out on a high note if the U.S. Senate passes landmark food-safety legislation tonight . As it stands, the nation’s food-safety system is broken. The legislation, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510), would...
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Get the FACTS on Fast Food

November 8, 2010
Today, the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University released Fast Food FACTS , a comprehensive study of fast-food nutrition and marketing to youths. There are a couple of findings that are particularly striking to me—as a mom, as a doctor and as someone who’s working to improve...

Parents Need to Eat Too: Whaddya Got Fried Rice

October 27, 2010
I’m a big believer in authenticity. My husband and I (and now our son) will trek far and wide for a real taste of a particular kind of food, from New Jersey (and Connecticut) hot dogs to New England donuts to the fresh mozzarella made by the 90something Italian lady around the corner. But frankly,...
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October 20, 2010
Recently I was testing recipes for the galactagogues chapter of Parents Need to Eat Too . I see you scratching your head—either you were never a nursing mom with supply problems, or you’ve blissfully erased that episode from your memory. A galactagogue is something that stimulates or promotes the...
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Today’s Lesson: Always Read Nutrition Facts

September 30, 2010
Sometimes, even a healthy food isn’t so healthy. Take, for example, the package of bison hot dogs I received recently for review . Bison, I know, is an incredibly healthy meat, especially when compared to beef: it’s lower in calories, fat, and cholesterol. So surely hot dogs made from bison would...
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Here's our chance to make school lunches awesome (not awful)

September 28, 2010
We’ve been talking about about the sad state of school lunches for years. But now we finally have a chance to start making school lunches more nutritious and more accessible. The U.S. Senate recently passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which is an update of the Child Nutrition Act. Now, to...
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Blueberry Oatmeal Bars

September 22, 2010
When my son was born, one of the more appropriate gifts we received was C Is for Cooking , a Sesame Street cookbook intended for parents and children to use together. Way back then, it seemed impossible to imagine that this tiny infant would ever be big enough to eat real food, never mind cook ...
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5,000 U.S. deaths from tainted food

September 16, 2010
It's hard enough to get my picky preschooler to eat healthy foods without also having to keep on top of the regular recalls of unsafe foods (like the recent salmonella tainted eggs debacle). It shouldn't be this hard to keep our families healthy! But it is. Each year in the U.S., more 76 million...
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