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Parents, Teachers and Schools Must be Vigilant in Protecting Children from Obesity

Let’s Face It – in 99 Percent of These Cases, It Is About The Almighty Dollar.  These Industries want to make money and at any cost. This is why parents, teachers and schools must be ever vigilant in protecting children from obesity by helping them to make good food choices.  This means seeing to it that healthy, nutritious food is available.  Of course, it is also very profitable to provide healthy nutritious food to children; unfortunately, very few of these "BIG" providers are thinking it through.

Nick Targeted in Fight Over Food Marketing Guidelines 

Ad Week, Katy Bachman, 12/03/2012 

 

Targeting Nickelodeon, the Food Marketing Workgroup, a coalition of more than 80 health groups and nutritionists, is hoping to put pressure on the kiddie net and its parent company Viacom to adopt nutrition guidelines for foods marketed to children, especially those foods that license Nick characters like Sponge Bob. The fight over whether the government should regulate food ads targeting children has been fought bitterly, and food manufacturers have tightened self-regulation to keep such proposals in draft stage. But nutritionists and health groups haven't given up.

http://www.adweek.com/news/advertising-branding/nick-targeted-fight...

Can Big Food Kick Its Obesity Habit? Does It Really Want To? 
NPR, Dan Charles, 12/03/2012 


A few days ago, two big names in food policy squared off for a formal debate on the following proposition: There is a fundamental and irreconcilable conflict between the food and beverage industry's interests and public health policy interests on obesity. Kelly Brownell, who leads the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, led the anti-industry charge. He was opposed by Derek Yach, a soft-spoken South African who provoked much head-scratching in 2007 when he left the World Health Organization to take a senior executive job at PepsiCo.

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Open Streets Summit Draft Agenda

We hope you are getting ready and feel excited about the Open Streets Summit in Gretna/New Orleans! Taking place from September 15-16, 2018, the Summit will feature tours, presentations and networking opportunities with open streets champions and organizers from across the continent. Attendees will learn about the nuts and bolts of starting or scaling up open streets programs, including: Route design and planning Partnerships with business and officials Social inclusion Safety and logistics Marketing and promotion Program evaluation through measurable goals and metrics If you haven’t done it yet, click here to register for the Open Streets Summit only or...

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Open Streets Summit Speakers Announced!

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Financial Opportunity Centers: Flexibility in the Face of a Pandemic

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