December 29, 2014
    End Junk Food Marketing to Kids

    The one change I’d like to see take place is an end to the marketing of junk food to kids. Most people would agree that products which are engineered to be addictive shouldn’t be marketed…

    Semi-truck with large Coca-Cola billboard painted on the side with school children in front.
    August 22, 2014
    Back to School Sticky Situation #4: Schools as Ads for Junk Food

      What will you do when your child’s school is used by fast food and soda companies for marketing to students? Knowing how junk food marketing shapes kids’ preferences, I have worked …

    Three boxes of Girl Scout Cookies
    August 21, 2014
    Junk Food Fundraisers

    What will you do if the PTA asks you to support a cookie dough fundraiser? Will you send your child out to hit up family and friends to buy junk food in communities already suffering from diet-related…

    Large plastic bottles of red punch.
    August 20, 2014
    Back to School Sticky Situation #2: Class Party Sugar Overload

      What will you do if you’re asked to bring sugary drinks to a class party already overloaded with cake, cookies and candy? This is another sticky situation I’ve encountered and had t…

    Single package of Smarties Candy sitting on an empty school desk.
    August 19, 2014
    Back to School Sticky Situation #1: Candy Rewards at School

      What will you do if your child comes home and tells you her teacher is using candy as a reward? This was one of the first sticky situations I encountered when my oldest started school. With a f…

    School class-photo with the kids horsing around.
    August 18, 2014
    Solutions for Sticky Back to School Situations

      Hard to believe it’s time for another back to school post. Last year I wrote about my top five tips for a healthy start to the school year. I recommended parents: 1)    Get familiar wi…