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Vote on Oats video for Farm to School to win $10K

Quaker Oats/ “Awaken Your Senses” Challenge With a click of the thumbs-up button under the Cherries video, you can help Jen win $10,000 to benefit the National Farm to School Network. Twelve food bloggers shared their favorite food memory via

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Pixies for the People: a new WIC Local Food Line

Can you hear the chanting? “Pixies for the People!” How about the drums? “Pixies for the People!” Pixie Tangerines, that is, not Tinker Bell. When I first learned of this initiative to provide free fruit, fresh from the farm for

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Kresge Grant to Fund Healthy Preschool Food Project

Re-posted from Occidental’s  Office of Communications: Building on previous success with schoolchildren nationwide, a $395,000 grant from The Kresge Foundation will make it possible for the Occidental College Urban & Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI) to extend healthy food and wellness

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Will Obama invest in children’s health?

Barack Obama can affect whether a child’s life is shortened prematurely by 15 years. The oft-quoted statistic that one in three children born in 2000 will be diabetic in their lifetime demonstrates we are at a tipping point, both figuratively

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Carrot v. Cupcake…an Olympic question

As highlighted in the Los Angeles Daily News this morning, the carrots we provide our children to perform well have morphed into colossal carrot cupcakes. The article portrays the debate of what to hold up as incentives for children to

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Food Environment

UEPI has long argued that food environments–food that is readily accessible and affordable where people live, work and play–have an impact on what people eat. Thursday’s article on the Time/CNN website, “It’s Not Just Genetics,” supports the growing recognition that

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Farm To School Portal on the menu for National School Lunch Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 15, 2007 Contact: Debra Eschmeyer Tel: 419.753.3412; Cell: 202.557.6942l deschmeyer[at] New tool provides innovative approaches to tackle childhood obesity and loss of family farms LOS ANGELES — As a means to support community-based food systems, strengthen family

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LAUSD cafeteria implementation

Beginning on September 4th, 2007, all Elementary Schools in LAUSD are offering not one, not two, but THREE menu items to their students, including a vegetarian option.    Middle Schools and High Schools offer SEVEN lunch menu options, including a

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Golden Arches & Magic Kingdoms

The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that Disney and McDonalds would not be renewing a 10 year exclusive deal that cross promoted  Disney movies & McDonald’s happy meals. The word from movie industry insiders was that Disney was concerned with

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McDonalds & Nintendo Together at Last

I was so disheartened to hear today that McDonalds and that Nintendo are teaming up to offer free Wi-Fi in nearly 6,000 McDonalds restaurants so that Nintendo owners can play networked games online for free. As if it is not

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