When unfamiliar with the external factors impacting (if not promoting) the obesity epidemic among our most vulnerable population – children, we leave room for the industry to shift blame and responsibility back to parents, schools, and kids themselves…
You might be thinking, hey it’s a sweet treat for a great cause. Problem is, sugar isn’t only found in the occasional sweet-treat dessert. It’s loaded throughout processed foods like breakfast cereals, packaged snacks and juice drinks consumed daily by most kids.
In January 2016, inspired by the extraordinary power of “Hashtag Activism” through the Ferguson, Eric Garner & Tamir Rice protests here in the United States, I set out on a mission. First, utilize […]
Vocalizing warranted concerns and frustration over our broken political system — in the streets or at the playhouse is our constitutional right, but unless Trump rigged the game so that nearly 50% of the population didn’t bother to vote, we need to hold ourselves responsible for much of our own complacency throughout this election cycle too.
The Miseducated Dieter: Black Lives & The Built Environment with Gangsta Gardener Ron Finley (Coming May/2017)
While it’s easy to say: make your own food, eat more vegetables and fruits, and get outside and walk more – not all community environments were created equitably to accomplish these goals. What happens when your neighborhood community is saturated with junk-food infested liquor stores and healthy options aren’t regularly accessible?
“Wait…so she’s your daughter?” said one of the mothers while shopping a at Pottery Barn for Kids when Cami was just four years old. A handful of preschoolers were playing amidst pots and […]
A Global Inspiration: Disney’s ‘Queen of Katwe’ Brings Worldwide Message of Faith, Resilience for Youth
“You belong here…” Tears rolled down my cheeks during the opening scene from Disney’s Queen of Katwe as coach and missionary Robert Katende (David Oyelowo, Selma) reassures young Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga) that she […]
“You need to hide me because I’m running away from home,” Julie whispered as she reached the front steps of my porch. Her golden curls disheveled, she’d arrived pulling a red Radio Flyer wagon containing packaged cookies, several donuts and a bag of candy stolen from her mother’s kitchen just over a block away. Julie was my best friend throughout elementary school, but given we were only in the 4th grade at the time, I knew my mom wouldn’t go for it. I was more puzzled that Julie’s wagon didn’t contain anything else – no toys, pajamas, her backpack, or even a toothbrush. Only food…
Need to lose weight? Eat less. Move more. You’ve probably heard those guidelines as the simplest requirements for achieving weight loss. But they also happen to be the same methods which increase […]
A new study released today reports that nearly half of California adults, including one out of every three young adults, have either prediabetes — a precursor to type 2 diabetes — or undiagnosed diabetes. […]