When I first broke the story here about 540 Meals, the new McDonald’s documentary intended for use in schools, I could never have imagined I’d still be writing about it three weeks later – or that I’d be spearheading a 70,000 person petition campaign against it.
But today I’d like to take a break from 540 Meals to share some recent interesting news items from the world of kids and food:
Tom Brady: Say No to Sugary Drinks and Cereals for Kids
I’m late in reporting on headline-making statements made last month by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, slamming sugary foods and drinks like Coca-Cola and Frosted Flakes. It was such a surprising and refreshing contrast to the many athletes who cash in with endorsement contracts that cynically promote junk food to their young fans. (Wouldn’t it be great if we could enlist Brady as a formal spokesperson to promote healthy eating to children? Someone get his agent on the phone.)
Pediatricians Enlisted in Fight Childhood Hunger
Read how pediatricians are now being asked to help spot the 16 million American kids living with food insecurity – and to get them the resources they need.
Fast Food Advertising To Kids: It Works
Are we surprised? Read about the latest research in this New York Times Motherlode post.
Is Feeding Your Kid Organic Enough to Keep Them Pesticide-Free?
Maybe not, says this piece in Civil Eats.
What’s the Latest on Farm-to-School Programs?
Find out by listening to the most recent Inside School Food podcast.
The New York Times Picky Eater Project Continues
Read how young Brooke and Hunter are doing in this latest installment of the series, in which a family is coached by two experts to help reform the pickiest eaters.
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