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 [...]

Go Fooducate Yourself

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Photo: flickr / The Classic Farmhouse Here’s a cool way to learn more about food and nutrition. It’s Fooducate, a blog whose name says it all.  Its purpose is to educate eaters about the food they take into their bodies.  I’m impressed. I haven’t hung out on the site long enough [...]