Food for Thought

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Once upon a time, a long time ago, my family opened our rural home to a boy from the inner city. His father wasn’t around, and his mother got sick and couldn’t care for their six children. The state stepped in decided to place them in foster homes. A friend told [...]

Twenty-four Gold Stars

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH09), the longest-serving woman in Congress, has filed a bill meant to increase the supply of fresh produce in America’s cities. H.R. 4971, the Greening Food Deserts Act, was filed March 25 with 23 co-sponsors. It’s now on the docket of both the Education and Labor and Agriculture [...]

Stalking the Couch Potato, Part 1

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson I’ve been working with a neuroscientist on a proposal for a book about the societal causes of childhood obesity.  The proposal is written, which is why I can be back here, blogging, after a hiatus of several months. Elliott Blass, my writing partner, is in charge of sending the proposal to [...]

Children Snacking More, Gaining More

Posted by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson [Note from Miryam: I thought you should see this post on Health Affairs Blog by Chris Fleming. If you are a parent or grandparent and what you read here strikes a bell, you could make a huge difference in a child's life by stepping in with gentle guidance. Being seriously [...]

Hungry for a Better School Lunch? Pick Up the Phone

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson While school is in session — and, in some places, through summer vacation, too — about one-third of the energy a child takes in during the day should come from the lunch he or she eats at school. And the food that provides that energy shouldn’t be all starch and fat.  [...]

Let’s Move, says the First Lady

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson You don’t need the numbers. You see it all around you: little children too chubby to be called “pleasingly plump,” which is what my grandfather used to say about me when I told him I hated being fat. More than one-third of American children – some 12 million in all – [...]

Mark Your Calendar for Spring!

by Daphne Bishop It may not be spring yet, but 1000 Radishes are about to sprout up, and with them potentially far-reaching ways to connect local growers with the people who crave their wares. You may recall, we told you about 1000 Radishes last summer. It’s a high-tech way to find what’s in season, connect [...]

Sustaining Agriculture: One HAPPYBABY at a Time

By Daphne Bishop As the old song says, “You must have been a beautiful baby.” But how does a baby stay beautiful and grow healthy and strong if all she eats are heavily processed commercial foods. That was the challenge facing Shazi Visram, CEO and founder of HAPPYBABY, a company in Brooklyn, New York that [...]

Stressed Out by the Health Care Debate?

by Debra Kozikowski Here’s a good one.  CNN radio reports, among other bad news, that the health care reform debate could be making us sick.  Adding another layer of stress to a stressful time, what with an uncertain economy marked by job losses, high prices at the pump and a shaky Wall Street, there is added tension in [...]

An Oasis in Motown’s ‘Food Desert’

By Matt L. Barron For most of us with working vehicles, a weekly trip to a favorite roadside stand for some fresh-picked sweet corn and vine-ripened tomatoes is part of the summer routine. But what if you live in one of America’s big cities, far from a local farm? Even the best public transportation systems [...]