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December 16, 2016
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One Door Closes, Another Opens…..

I’m embarking on a new adventure and I couldn’t be more excited. First, let me talk about the chapter that’s ending…. At the end of this month my work with the Chatham County Partnership for Children will be finished. I’ve … Continue reading

January 10, 2016
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Rethinking Slides, Swings, and Jungle Gyms

Despite the growing popularity of Crossfit for Preschoolers (yes, this is real), most little ones are still getting their exercise via the good old fashioned playground. But not all playgrounds are not created equal, especially when it comes to promoting … Continue reading

July 17, 2015
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Ask Not What Your Lunch Lady Can Do For You….

I had an illuminating chat recently with four ladies in our central administration office who have the responsibility – along with the cafeteria staff in each school – for feeding the over 8200 students in the Chatham County, North Carolina … Continue reading

November 18, 2014
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Mom Power at the Good Food Force Meeting of MomsRising.org

I was privileged to attend the recent MomsRising.org meeting of the Good Food Force, a group of dynamic volunteers dedicated to getting the word out about healthy school foods, junk food marketing to kids, and strategies that are working to … Continue reading

October 20, 2014
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When Pears are as Exotic as Rainbows and Unicorns

I have mixed feelings about the annual “Eat a Rainbow Week” our local health department organizes in our community. It’s a week of events designed to promote fruit and vegetable eating – in schools, restaurants, farmer’s markets, etc. This is … Continue reading

March 27, 2014
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North Carolina DHHS Secretary’s Obesity Fix: Let’s Move the Vending Machines Somewhere Out Of Sight

I recently attended the North Carolina Institute of Medicine Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Summit in Raleigh and had the pleasure of hearing our state’s Secretary of Health and Human Services explain to the audience of childhood obesity prevention experts that … Continue reading

March 17, 2014
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Teens and Screens: The Social, the Scary, and the Sedentary

This winter my teen and tween have spent more time than I’d like slouched over their screens, and less time than I’d like moving around outdoors. After a week of surly, slovenly and sedentary behavior last week, I finally buckled … Continue reading

March 10, 2014
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Does Where You Live Affect How Well You Live?

How does the community you live in impact your wellness? Where I live, a lot of people, myself included, live in a kind of semi-rural setting: large wooded lots, houses on a couple of acres or much more, spread far … Continue reading