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Healthy Food for Kids!

Amplifying and mobilizing moms and dads across the nation around healthy kids and communities!
 
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? [1] Shocking, right? But there's hope. Parents have tremendous power to build healthy kids, schools and communities. MomsRising's food justice work includes:

1. Sugary Drinks
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. [2] Drinking just one additional sugary drink every day increases a child’s odds of becoming obese. [3]

MomsRising has succeeded in getting major fast-food restaurants like Wendy's and Burger King to remove soda as the default option in kid's meals. This year we're also working on soda taxes and labeling, water quality and testing in schools, and breastfeeding

2. Healthy Schools
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.

MomsRising is supporting schools as they implement provisions of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act including healthy school meal and snack standards and Wellness Policies. We're also focusing on healthy school celebrations and fundraisers, protecting PE and recess, marketing in schools, and Wellness Policies. Click here to deliver a Healthy Schools Storybook to your local school! 
 
3. Junk food Marketing 
Companies spend almost $2 billion / year marketing food to our kids, often when parents aren't around through text messages, games, character endorsements, school materials, and more. [4]

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. MomsRising is targeting companies like Nickelodeon, insidious practices like digital and targeted marketing to communities of color, and important mechanisms like the Corporate Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative

ALL HANDS ON DECK! Parents and community-members like YOU have tremendous power in schools, in restaurants and through your spending decisions. Take action on the issues above. And join us online to discuss these and other topics related to healthy kids and food justice. 
     
  • Good Food Force members get monthly 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.  

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Check out many more tips and tools for parents here. 

Check out videos from our Food Power! Conference in Brooklyn, NY, including a special welcome from First Lady Michelle Obama!





[1] http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/Overweight-in-Children_UCM_304054_Article.jsp
[2] http://www.nccor.org/downloads/jada2010.pdf
[3] https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/sugary-drinks-fact-sheet/
[4] http://www.ftc.gov/os/2012/12/121221foodmarketingreport.pdf

Moms Blogging About Food!

Join me to tell Nickelodeon: back parents up!

Posted December 5, 2016 by Karen Showalter

Take Action! As the weather turns colder my kids are spending more and more time indoors. That includes being able to watch some of their favorite tv shows, like Avatar on Nickelodeon. Favorite shows are fun, but I'm so tired of the junk food marketing that comes into my home with them. And it's not just on [...]

Posted Under: Food!

Let's Talk Sugar, Sugar Policies & Why You Should Care at #FoodFri

Posted November 30, 2016 by Migdalia Rivera

Tweetchat It can be confusing when you hear sugar discussed in the media. As a parent, I had questions. How much sugar should a child eat? What's the difference between added sugars and naturally occuring sugars? And, why should I care? These were just some of the questions I had when I sought to educate [...]

Posted Under: Food!

Good Food Force Update: Healthy Holidays, Election Reflections, More!

Posted December 5, 2016 by Karen Showalter

It's been a heavy few weeks for everyone. As the holiday season draws near, we hope you're finding time to recharge, relax, and remember that together we have made tremendous progress towards building healthier communities for our kids and families, in every sense of the word. While our context has changed, that mission and our [...]

Posted Under: Food!

Easy, Healthy Holiday Side Dish: Brussels Sprouts with Grapes & Walnuts

Posted November 22, 2016 by Migdalia Rivera

Recipe Side dishes don't often get the the attention they deserve during the holidays. Personally, I love side dishes and often eat them as stand alone dishes (I'm weird like that!). What I love most is how easy they are to create and serve. And because they're pretty easy to make, you can easily pass [...]

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