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NAIS? Bah, humbug


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Photo: apalucia / flikr If you live anywhere near these cities, listen up.  Your presence is needed. Harrisburg, PA; Pasco, WA; Austin, TX;  Birmingham, AL;  Louisville, KY;  Storrs, CT; or Loveland, CO The USDA wants to know what you think about tagging your livestock — chickens, sheep, goats, cattle, and all, […]

Taking Action in Today’s Obesity Crisis (Seattle Summit Report #2)


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Last month’s Seattle conference on obesity called together some of the world’s smartest and most productive researchers on the subject (making it worthy of the term “summit”) to share their findings with each other and the other 90-or-so in attendance. Of these, 20 or more were formerly obese individuals who identified […]

Caldera Resigns White House Post


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Louis Caldera, the director of the White House Military Office who scared New Yorkers witless last month, has resigned. In a report ordered by President Obama Caldera said he does not remember a conversation in which he was told of a planned a photo shoot intended to show Air Force One […]

Phoning it in: Rural Investments Highlighted in Obama Budget Call


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By Matt L. Barron  I participated in a conference call this week hoping to hear some good news for farm and rural folks.  And it turns out that President Obama’s FY 2010 budget contains some much needed help for many things we rural advocates care about. It also goes after a few sacred cows. A […]

Hard Times in the Heartland – An HHS Report


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The Department of Health and Human Services,  following the Senate’s approval of new HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius, has released a brief report entitled Hard Times in the Heartland: Health Care in Rural America.  The attention to the disparity in health care and resulting outcomes between rural and urban areas is encouraging. […]

More on Childhood Obesity and Nutrition (Seattle Summit Report #1.1)


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By Miryam Ehrlich Willliamson Dessert Table for School Lunch Photo: hadleyfierlinger / flickr If you’re doing what I hope you’ll do — take Yvonne Butler’s message to heart and assemble a group to get to work on schools in your locality — you want to take a look at this site, too.  It’s a place […]

Acorns Found


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Photo: broken_images / flickr Last autumn I noted the dearth of acorns here, an observation confirmed by the Washington Post, who said the situation prevails throughout New England, up to Nova Scotia, and into the Midwest. Today I found them.  The party of field mice that spend the winter in our […]

Meet Yvonne Butler (Seattle Summit Report #1)


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Ten years ago Yvonne Butler, a forty-ish elementary school principal, banned foods high in sugars and fats, as well as processed foods, from the school cafeteria. The results, she says, “were immediate: a significant drop in absenteeism, improvements in attention, and a general increase in energy levels and grades.” It wasn’t […]

Back from Seattle


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson I’m back from the obesity summit in Seattle and full of stuff to tell you.  The people and presentations were amazing. It’s taken me longer than I expected to decompress and restore order in my office.  My first post about the conference will be here on Monday,  followed by others during […]


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