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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

February 24, 2014
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Kids, Sports, and Healthy Living: This is Your Moment

Sports have always been used as a catalyst to teach kids important life lessons like teamwork, sportsmanship, coping with adversity, and the importance of hard work. We are missing opportunities to leverage sports as a way to teach kids about … Continue reading

February 4, 2014
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Healthy Environments for Kids: Begin at the Beginning

This Spring, my job will involve, among other things: getting very dirty, having a strawberry-tasting party, and quite possibly, playing a game of Farmer’s Market Treasure Hunt. Luckily for me, the best way to engage young children in eating healthy … Continue reading