Sea Cliff Nutrition Committee. The Apple People

Sea Cliff Nutrition Committee. The Apple People

Monday, June 28, 2010

Opportunities for Activism

If you haven't called Congressman Peter King's office yet to ask for the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act, please do. In addition to our requests listed on 6/14, you can also ask for more summer feeding programs.

But there's more!

This week, I received two emails from the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Here's the first:

***The time to act is now! Contact your state legislators and urge them to include a sugar-sweetened-beverage tax in this year’s budget.

This Monday, Governor Patterson will send another budget proposal to the New York legislature that if passed, would close the remaining $2-billion to 3-billion deficit. This proposal includes the sugar-sweetened beverage tax. Send an email to your legislators NOW and let them know you support the proposal.***

Use this link to send an email to combat childhood obesity:

Here's the second:

*** Today, CSPI urged McDonald’s to stop undermining parents and deceiving children with cheap toys that accompany unhealthy kids’ meals. We filed a notice of intent to sue the fast-food chain if they didn’t

"McDonald’s is the stranger in the playground handing out candy to children,” said CSPI litigation director Stephen Gardner.

McDonald’s is currently offering children’s toys related to Dreamworks’ latest Shrek movie. While Shrek may appear on packaging for low-fat milk and Apple Dippers, when children or parents order Happy Meals they are given French fries 93 percent of the time, and offered soda first 78% of the time.

Please urge McDonald’s to stop marketing junk food to children! Let them know that marketing unhealthy food to kids using toys is deceptive and undermines parents' efforts to raise healthy kids!***

Copy this link to send an email:

To sign up for your email alerts or to read more about nutrition and the marketing of junk food to children, visit their site at

Finally, Denise sent in this link that's both fun AND will hopefully help improve school lunch. Apparently, for every piece of spam you forward to restaurant chain Chipotle, they will make a donation to The Lunch Box - an organization associated with Chef Ann Cooper of Berkeley-fame working to improve school lunch. A kind of send us your junk mail to get rid of junk food play. Get the details at:


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