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Healthy Kids!

Amplifying and mobilizing moms and dads across the nation around healthy kids and communities!
 
Communities, schools, families, public spaces, systems, companies ... All have a role in supporting healthy kids. DYK 1 in 6 kids in the US is food insecure? And 46 million children living in the US will have their lives affected by violence, crime, abuse, or psychological trauma this year. We can do better. MomsRising's work in this area focuses on:

1. Healthy Communities
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 work around PE and recess, Wellness Policies, marketing in schools, and access to safe drinking water. 
 
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] MomsRising is targeting companies like Walgreen's and Nickelodeon, insidious practices like digital and targeted marketing to communities of color, online privacy, and important mechanisms like the Corporate Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative

2. Ending the School to Prison Pipeline
MomsRising is working to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline from the point of suspension to the point of youth incarceration. Educating parents and families about the school-to-prison pipeline, and the practices of exclusion and racialized school discipline policies is the first step to building public support for change. Most parents do not know that they have the power to push for community-based alternatives to suspension in schools and even further for alternatives to incarceration in the juvenile justice system. Through 4KidsRising we are addressing: 
  • Suspensions & Exclusionary School Discipline Policies: Three million students, including preschoolers and kindergartners, are suspended from public schools each year across the nation. This harmful practice begins the school-to-prison pipeline.
  • Youth Incarceration: The experience for a child entering a youth prison is similar to the experience of entering an adult prison. Incarceration is traumatic, hurt kids, breaks up families, and leads to lifelong challenges for all affected.
     
3. Healthy 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]

In addition, many children face challenges getting access to safe drinking water. From the school to the home, available, clean water is a priority. 

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
ALL HANDS ON DECK! Parents and community-members like YOU have tremendous power. 
     
  • Join the 4KidsRising Facebook Group and follow the conversation on Twitter via the #4KidsRising hashtag.  
  • Join our popular tweetchats including #KidsThrive (last Thurs every month, 8pm ET), #FoodFri (every Friday 1pm ET), #WellnessWeds (Wednesdays 2pm ET), and #EarlyEdChat (Thursdays 2pm ET). 
  • Connect to others in your community interested in taking action through our #KeepMarching circles! 
 

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 Healthy Kids

What?!! Another Possible Delay on Menu-Labeling?

Posted April 28, 2017 by Kimberly Cooper

Are we really surprised? The federal rule that would make it mandatory for restaurant, supermarket and convenience store chains to post calorie counts on their menus may be delayed yet again just days before taking effect on May 5, 2017. This process has pushed on for seven years now... As a mother, public health activist, [...]

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Quick Action! Tell NC Senators to fully fund the Healthy Corner Store Initiative!

Posted April 26, 2017 by Felicia Willems

It’s simple—our families need access to healthy foods in order to be healthy.   Right now, more than 2 million people in North Carolina don't have access to healthy foods and our state ranks amongst the highest in the nation for household food-insecurity.   Last year, the North Carolina General Assembly took a big step [...]

Posted Under: Food!

Spread the Word: Join the #FoodFri Menu Labeling Tweetchat!

Posted April 26, 2017 by Migdalia Rivera

Tweetchat BREAKING: The FDA has delayed menu labeling. Join the chat to learn more! Americans consume, on average, one-third of their calories from eating out. Studies show that providing nutrition information at restaurants can help customers make lower-calorie choices, and a national poll found that 80 percent of Americans support calorie labeling at chain restaurants [...]

Posted Under: Food!

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Posted February 27, 2017 by Migdalia Rivera

I came to Christ late in life. Drawn to him out of necessity, but committed because of love. His love. It changed my life. He changed my life. I now try to live as He commanded. I don't always succeed. Some days, I will admit, when I focus on the world, I lose sight of [...]

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