Was It Worth It
    February 17, 2014
    Was It Worth It? Reflections from a Second Generation Food Mom

    I walked down the damp hallway past the entrance to the visitors' locker room just as my teenage daughter and her friends emerged. Fresh from the game, each held a bucket-sized frozen slushie the colo…

    Make Good Use of the Time In-Between
    January 1, 2010
    Make Good Use of the Time In-Between

    Towards the end of 2002, my sister sent me the transcript of Dr. Philip Landrigan's Congressional testimony on Environmental Threats to Children's Health in America's Schools.  He carefully coupled h…

    Don't Reinvent the Meal-Wheel
    December 31, 2009
    Don’t Reinvent the Meal-Wheel

    Success begets success.  And the good news for school food advocates today is that there are fabulously successful, comprehensive programs all across the country that we can spotlight and model.  Ch…

    Beware the Emotion: Food is Personal
    December 30, 2009
    Beware the Emotion: Food is Personal

    Years ago, when I first approached school administrators about their food policy, I took for granted that logic and science would inform and direct their decisions.  It seemed a fair assumption in li…

    Lead with the Definitions: What is Healthy?
    December 29, 2009
    Lead with the Definitions: What is Healthy?

    I'm a mission statement person.  I find that the more work you do at the front end of program development - mission statement, definitions and goals - the easier things flow through implementation. …

    I Never Intended to Be a "Food Mom."
    December 28, 2009
    I Never Intended to Be a “Food Mom.”

    In human rights work, it's called the "moment of obligation" - the moment when some story, some person's pain, some injustice strikes your heart in a way that defines it as your own.  Immediately the…