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Sugar: The Bad, The Ugly, and How to Avoid It

April 7th, 2014 | by Becky Striepe

We talk a lot about sugar in this space. That sweet, white powder is delicious, but it's also at least partially responsible for public health problems from obesity to diabetes to heart disease. Singular sugar facts don't always paint the complete picture. Let's take a broader look at sugar, our health, and how you can cut back on the sweet stuff


New Documentary ‘Fed Up’ Indicts Food Industry for Obesity Crisis

January 21st, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

Katie Couric strode impressively onto the documentary scene this week with Fed Up, a film premiering last Sunday at the Sundance film festival. Fed Up explores the underlying and often invisible forces driving the childhood obesity crisis, and brings the idea of food as a vital political issue to an ever-growing mainstream audience


Top News from the Food Front: Year Ends with Organic Vegan Bangs, Fast Food Whimpers

December 28th, 2013 | by Tanya Sitton

Happy almost-New-Year, food news enthusiasts! With all the festivities to attend and holiday soirées to plan, I'll keep this week's top news roundup short, sweet, and to the point. This week's good news features organic food, vegan food, and ag-gag defeats; but wait -- there's also fast food, cancer, and horse slaughter news that deserves to be on the radar of conscious eaters and ethical foodies. Read on, for the final food news roundup of the year!


Top News from the Food Front: Righteous Research, Processed Poison, AgriBiz Aggro, and a Vegetarian Ruckus

November 16th, 2013 | by Tanya Sitton

This week's top stories bring some nifty research to the table: meat and diabetes, school lunches and student health, Alzheimer's and herbs! The FDA tries some more baby steps towards regulating dangerous stuff in our food -- what a neat idea! -- and processed foods reach a new low, sending children to the emergency room. GMO apples that resist turning brown won't save the world; but they're the hot new biotech item, and the USDA seeks public comment about it. Also, cattle ranchers hate Joan Jett -- read on to find out why!


Vegetarian School Lunch Program Pays Off: Better Attention, Better Test Scores, Less Obesity

October 18th, 2013 | by Tanya Sitton

One NYC school implemented an all-vegetarian school lunch menu this year, and already school administrators report positive results. Since shifting towards a healthier lunch program, the school says its students demonstrate better attention and test scores -- plus a small but promising decline in obesity rates. Happy National School Lunch Week, veggie-style!


Childhood Obesity: Progress Underway?

August 18th, 2013 | by Tanya Sitton

If you follow food and health news in the U.S. our obesity crisis is no secret: more than 18% of premature deaths can be linked to excess weight. An estimated 1 in 3 American children now struggle with obesity, a rate that has almost tripled since 1963. But after decades of skyrocketing obesity rates, new research offers a glimmer of cautious optimism


Hispanic Kids and Childhood Obesity: What Michelle Left Out

July 26th, 2013 | by Tanya Sitton

On Tuesday Michelle Obama addressed an enthusiastic audience about health concerns facing Hispanic families in the U.S. The First Lady spoke eloquently about the importance of healthy choices in fighting debilitating lifestyle diseases, now distressingly prevalent even among our children -- especially among Hispanic (and other minority) children. But framing childhood obesity as a choice-driven issue sells parents and kids way short, especially within economically marginalized communities. If we fail to address the underlying problems, we can't begin to hope for actual progress


Anna Lappe TED Talk: Marketing Food to Children

March 20th, 2013 | by Tanya Sitton

It's no secret: food manufacturers see kids as golden geese. Establish brand recognition during the preschool years, and you've got yourself a customer for life! Of course, you've also got a nation filled with children struggling with obesity, diabetes, and other lifelong health risks... but hey, that's for their parents to worry about! Parent, author, and educator Anna Lappe calls food companies out -- and calls all of us to action -- in a TEDx talk published earlier this month



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