Does your school district have a wellness policy?

by Megan on Dec 17, 2012 in Advocacy, Nutrition | No Comments

Does the school district you live in have a wellness policy? Chances are, you’ve never thought about it. If that’s the case, I encourage you to find out and, if it does, to take a close look at the policy in place.

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A Dilemma: (Not So) Healthy Public Health Events?

by Megan on Oct 23, 2012 in Nutrition, Other Health | No Comments

Originally, I sat down today to write a blog post about healthy school fundraisers. Instead, you’re getting a post about healthy (grown-up) public health events, or the lack thereof.

As someone who works in public health and often participates in walks, runs, and other charity events – I long ago realized that there was a problem with fundraising for public health. Shouldn’t fundraisers for causes like cancer and other public health issues model the very behaviors we seek to instill in others?

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It’s a McDonald’s world, we just live in it

by Megan on Oct 22, 2012 in Nutrition | No Comments

I’m sure the fact that I notice McDonald’s marketing everywhere I am is partly a product of my chosen career. However, just because I’m more consciously aware that I am being marketed to does not change the fact that we are, in fact, being bombarded by advertising. And McDonald’s is one of the biggest culprits.

Lately, I’ve been confronted with McDonald’s advertising everywhere I go. It’s on the billboards on my short drive to the metro station, it’s on the Metro on my subway ride to work, and now – it is even in my office. Or rather, on my computer and phone.

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This Week in Review

by Megan on Sep 28, 2012 in Other Health | No Comments

As usual, it’s been a busy week in public health! In case you missed them, here are a few things worth checking out.

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To shame or not to shame?

by Megan on Sep 27, 2012 in Advocacy, Other Health | No Comments

Everybody’s talking about the anti-obesity ads by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. The common headline typically saying something about having “sparked criticism.” That’s certainly true.

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#Winning: Tobacco-Free Campuses

by Megan on Sep 18, 2012 in Tobacco Control | No Comments

In case you missed it, last week the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the creation of the Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative (TFCCI) to “promote and support the adoption and implementation of tobacco-free policies at universities, colleges, and other institutions of higher learning across the United States.”

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Using Facebook for Marketing Surveillance

Despite the wide sweeping changes to Facebook fan pages that accompanied the roll-out of the Timeline (and all of the changes since then), not a whole lot has actually changed. Fans still receive the majority of their information through the news feed, making the changes far less significant than the hype around them would have you believe.

But with the changes came one pretty useful feature for those of us trying to monitor marketing on social media – more public Insights.

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Pepsi says not to worry

by Megan on Aug 30, 2012 in Food Marketing Surveillance | No Comments

You know, just in case you thought they might be voluntarily reducing their portion sizes or something. Continue reading »

NYC Soda Ban Debate: Half Empty or Half Full?

by Megan on Jun 8, 2012 in Nutrition, Other Health | No Comments

Last week, Mayor Bloomberg announced a plan to limit the sale of sugary drinks in New York City’s restaurants, delis, movie theaters, and street carts – basically any food-serving venue that receives a letter grade from the health department. The new policy would ban the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces – and would only apply to drinks with 25 calories or more per eight ounces, specifically exempting diet sodas, fruit juices, and dairy-based drinks.

Keep reading over at Pulse and Signal!

My Take: Disney to restrict junk food advertising

by Megan on Jun 6, 2012 in Advocacy, Other Health | No Comments

Yesterday, the Walt Disney Company became the first major media company to ban junk food on its programming for children. Unsurprisingly, Disney’s bold move paid off media-wise, earning them coverage in just about every media outlet imaginable.

The new advertising policy would apply to all of Disney’s TV channels and radio stations, including Saturday morning children’s programming on Disney-owned ABC channels. It also applies to its youth-oriented websites.

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My passion lies in empowering people to become advocates for a healthier world. I truly believe we can make a difference in our communities and that belief empowers me to seek out new and creative ways to create change.

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