Good news: In December, parents, health professionals, and other concerned citizens asked American Licorice to stop marketing junk food to kids. Now, that company — the maker of Red Vines and Sour Punch Candy — has pledged not to advertise candy to kids and agreed to let the Better Business Bureaus hold it accountable.
However, other candy ads remains on television, particularly on the kids' network Nickelodeon. Take action to urge entertainment companies like Nickelodeon to end junk food marketing to kids.
The Food Marketing Workgroup (FMW) is a network of more than 200 organizations and academic experts dedicated to eliminating harmful food marketing -- particularly marketing aimed at those who are most vulnerable to obesity and other nutrition-related diseases -- by actively identifying, investigating, and advocating changes to marketing practices that undermine health.
The FMW fosters ideas and momentum around national, state, and local strategies. It serves as a forum for researchers and advocates to share information, support one another’s work, and identify priorities for research and action.
Every day, moms and dads teach their kids about nutrition, but their efforts are undermined when companies like Dr Pepper Snapple Group hawk empty calories to kids and use popular characters like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to do it.
Please join the Food Marketing Workgroup in asking Dr Pepper Snapple Group, the company behind Dr Pepper, A&W root beer, Sun Drop and other sugary drinks, to adopt a strong policy to protect children from soda ads.