Michelle Obama

Junk Food Marketing at Your Child’s School? Take a Picture!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on March 27, 2014

A few weeks ago I told you about the newly released, proposed USDA rules which would use district wellness policies as a vehicle to curb junk food and beverage marketing on school campuses.   (At first I told you I wasn’t so happy with using wellness policies as a means to that laudable end, but […]


Two days ago, I told you about proposed USDA rules, promoted by the First Lady and released on the fourth anniversary of her Let’s Move! initiative, which would curb the marketing of foods and beverages on school campuses.  Specifically, if adopted, the new rules would restrict on-campus advertising during the school day to foods and beverages meeting the […]


Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama and the USDA made headlines by announcing a proposal to ban the marketing of junk food and sugary beverages on school campuses.  Timed to coincide with the fourth anniversary of Ms. Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, the proposal would restrict on-campus advertising to only those products meeting the relatively stringent nutritional requirements […]


It’s OK – Let Elmo Be a Carrot Pusher

by Bettina Elias Siegel on November 6, 2013

Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama announced that the Sesame Workshop and the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) will join the Partnership for a Healthier America to help promote fruits and vegetables to kids.  Specifically, PMA’s growers, suppliers and retailers will be allowed for two years to use iconic characters such as Elmo and Big Bird in messaging and on produce sold in stores […]


While this blog was dominated by the discussion of Chinese-processed chicken in school meals, a lot has been going on in the kid-and-food-news world.  Here’s a quick roundup to keep you up to speed. First Lady Addresses Problem of Junk Food Marketing to Kids On September 19th, Michelle Obama convened a landmark summit at the […]


Your Monday Kids and Food News Round-Up

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 16, 2013

As is often the case, sometimes there’s so much news out there that I have to share it all in one post!  Here goes: Michelle Obama Muddies the Waters The latest campaign from Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, which encourages Americans to drink more water, is being met with howls by food policy critics.  With […]


Are School Districts Really Rejecting Healthier New Meal Standards?

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 3, 2013

Last week the Associated Press ran a widely disseminated article indicating that: some schools around the country are dropping out of the healthier new federal lunch program, complaining that so many students turned up their noses at meals packed with whole grains, fruits and vegetables that the cafeterias were losing money. The AP story was picked up […]


Your Monday Kid-and-Food News Round-Up!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on March 11, 2013

Happy Monday, TLT’ers! In the past few days, so many interesting news items have piled up in my in-box that I can’t possibly do them justice with individual posts.  So here’s a compilation of links you ought to check out: As I mentioned on TLT’s Facebook page late last week, Whole Foods made big news […]

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The Nation: Thumbs Down On Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move?”

by Bettina Elias Siegel on October 12, 2012

I wanted to share with you a very good article in an upcoming issue of The Nation which assesses the progress – or lack thereof – made by Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative in combating childhood obesity. In a balanced and thorough assessment of the First Lady’s efforts, the article highlights both her early gains […]


The Right Wing and The School Food Calorie Kerfuffle

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 28, 2012

The controversy over the new school food calorie limits is intensifying. Just to bring everyone up to speed:  the old school food regulations only had calorie minimums, which made sense given the National School Lunch Program’s original purpose of combatting childhood malnutrition.  Now in an era of childhood obesity, the new lunch regulations provide both […]