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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!

This Is Hunger

Posted January 19, 2017 by Abby Leibman

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What Can We Expect for Food Policy in 2017?

Posted December 23, 2016 by Migdalia Rivera

Tweetchat In 2017, the MomsRising Food Team is expecting quite a few changes. These changes will impact all of our lives. As a result, we want to be prepared, or as prepared as humaly possible. Join #FoodFri on January 6, 2017, between 1-2pm EST, as @MomsRising chats with @CSPI about food policy in 2017. We'll [...]

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Keep Pounding

Posted December 9, 2016 by ruby

How Grassroots Organizing and Popular Protest Defeated NC’s Bathroom Governor As a lifelong North Carolinian, I really appreciated this data-based analysis from Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling on how the Governor lost his re-election effort (the first to do so in NC history). First, polls show that Governor Pat McCrory's policies were widely unpopular, [...]

Breastfeeding is a human right

Posted December 9, 2016 by To-wen Tseng

December 10 is Human Rights Day. And right before the Human Rights Day this year, I received an e-mail from a mother, upset that her employer doesn’t support breastfeeding and that her supervisor told her “Not only breastfeeding moms are good moms, formula is as good.”   I was saddened. I am sad because I [...]

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