Healthy, Hunger Free Kids

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The title of this post has a ring to it, don’t you think? Wouldn’t you be proud to live in a country where all children are healthy and no child goes hungry? Well, that’s the goal of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act that President Obama signed into law on Monday. [...]

Prescriptions for Produce in Massachusetts

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Doctors at three Massachusetts medical centers are writing “prescriptions” for free fruits and vegetables at local farmers markets. Clinicians look for families of overweight and obese children enrolled in the centers’ exercise and nutrition program that can’t afford and lack access to fresh produce. Whole families are enrolled; the main requirement [...]

Stalking the Couch Potato, Part 4

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Here you have the fourth and final excerpt from the sample chapter Elliott Blass, my writing partner, and I sent along with our proposal for a book on childhood obesity. We’re changed our focus and this chapter will change accordingly.  But there’s information here that you may find useful in thinking [...]

Stalking the Couch Potato, Part 3

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Here is the third in a series of excerpts from the sample chapter accompanying a book proposal my writing partner, neuroscientist Elliott Blass, and I have been working on. Our aim in this chapter is to inspire those who care for and about young children to look at the influence that [...]

Stalking the Couch Potato, Part 2

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Here is a second excerpt from the sample chapter accompanying the proposal for a book on childhood obesity and what to do about it. My writing partner, neuroscientist Elliott Blass, and I are talking about refocusing the proposal (and the book). Our aim is to inspire parents, grandparents, and others who [...]

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 [...]