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Report from the Front Line: The Concession Stand

September 12, 2012
DALLAS, TX -- Since Hector P. Garcia Middle School joined the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program two years ago, nurse Sandra Coleman has been intent on making impactful changes. She is greatly concerned by the increase in childhood obesity rates and has learned that...
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Stopping Junk Food Companies and other Marketers from Targeting Our Kids Online By Putting Parents First

September 6, 2012
Kids today are the online generation, whether they are using mobile phones, laptops, PCs or playing games and connecting on social media. They are also at the epicenter of a powerful digital advertising apparatus that stealthily tracks and targets them so they can be sent interactive ads for junk...
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Back to School and Childhood Obesity - The Struggle Continues

September 6, 2012
In April, I wrote a piece about the balance between personal choices and public policy in the battle to stem the deadly obesity crisis. Since that time, a lot has happened to educate and raise public awareness about junk food, regulate public consumption of unhealthy foods and beverages, and tackle...
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Healthy Bargains

September 6, 2012
Bargains are available in all aspects of our lives, even when it comes to the health of our children. I have figured out a way to add nutritious foods, nutrition education and additional physical activity into my children’s elementary school at no cost. At Walt Disney Elementary School in San Ramon...
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Alliance for a Healthier Generation: Paying Attention To What We Feed Kids

September 6, 2012
We need to start paying attention to what we are feeding our children. One out of every three children in the United States is already overweight or obese and this generation may be the first who live sicker and die younger than their parents. This is not acceptable. But there is good news. We can...
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A Thumbs Up to These Great Federal Food Initiatives

September 6, 2012
You can imagine the excitement that ran through my bones when I opened my official invitation to the White House through the organization Latinos in Social Media (LATISM) . "Wow! Really? I was chosen as one of the TOP 70 LATINA BLOGGERS in the NATION!” Out of the 70 that were chosen in May, only 5...
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Packing School Lunches Your Kids Will Love

September 6, 2012
( Headshot photo : Veronica Gonzalez-Smith is pictured on far right with her sister and mother, who are also her co-authors of the cookbook Muy Bueno .) My kids have never been crazy about eating lunch in the school cafeteria and after looking at the cafeteria menu I wasn’t either. So a couple of...
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Cool for School - Taming the Lunchbox

September 6, 2012
Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I used to bring my lunch to school. Invariably tucked inside my “Peanuts” lunchbox was a sandwich, a few carrot sticks, a piece of fruit, and a couple of home-made cookies, usually oatmeal. Although I loved oatmeal cookies, I’d been seduced by TV commercials and...
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Standing Together For Real Food In Schools

September 6, 2012
As students head back to school this year, many of them are also heading back to new school food as new meal standards begin to be implemented in cafeterias across the country. With a third of American children being overweight or obese, over 31 million children participating in the National School...
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Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles and Improving Learning Outcomes for our Nation’s Children: School Nurses Know How to Make it Fun

September 6, 2012
Imagine planting a garden full of vegetables, fruits and fruit trees…in the backyard of your child’s school. In Florida, school nurses spearheaded a project to do just this. Thanks to the support of school staff and community members, students have an opportunity to learn about nutrition, physical...
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