Sabrina Adler is a senior staff attorney at ChangeLab Solutions, where she works primarily on legal and policy issues related to school foods and food marketing to children. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, she was a staff attorney at the Child Care Law Center, where she assisted legal aid attorneys with child care cases and did policy work on health and obesity prevention in the child care setting. In addition, she received a Skadden Foundation Fellowship to found the San Francisco Medical-Legal Partnership (a collaboration between Bay Area Legal Aid and San Francisco General Hospital), in which she provided direct legal services to low-income pediatric patients and their families. Her practice included advocacy in the areas of housing, health, public benefits, disability, education, and family law.
Blog Post List
February 22, 2016
Last December , the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, Stephen Curry, made an impressive move. But it wasn’t a dramatic three-pointer on the basketball court. Curry signed a three-year endorsement deal with Brita, the water filtration system, instead of Coke or Pepsi. "Drinking water is essential to a healthy lifestyle," Curry said in his statement. “Water is my drink. I like that Brita makes tap water taste good, so you don't need to spend money or waste plastic with bottled water." Curry’s deal with Brita, which aligns with his team’s decision this month to stop drinking soda, represents an...
October 15, 2015
When I was a kid, I didn’t know when companies were trying to sell me something. I’m not unique; most kids don’t understand the intent of advertising. But marketing for unhealthy items – sugary drinks, chips, candy, fast food – can get kids to beg their parents or caregivers for those treats. Then, if a child is denied the treat she has now decided she can’t live without, that begging can turn explosive. And who can blame parents for giving in to those explosions? Despite their best intentions, my parents certainly couldn’t stand their ground every time I publicly pleaded for the newest...
October 31, 2013
Every day, 12- to 14-year-old kids see an average of 15 food ads on television, and preschoolers see 11. Special offers and food-themed games pop up on children’s websites, and companies can now send personalized ads directly to kids’ cell phones. Brightly-colored packages line grocery store aisles, and kid-friendly characters peddle snacks of all kinds from the sides of cartons and boxes. But many parents don’t think about one of the more alarming places where food marketing bombards their kids: at school. Marketing in schools takes many forms, from fast-food logos plastered on scoreboards,...