The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently proposed updates that would establish policies to limit unhealthy food and beverage marketing in schools, promote more physical activity and nutrition education, and ensure all foods served to students in schools are healthy. This effort is a critical step toward making sure that school environments support, rather than undermine, kids' health. Please take a few moments today to tell USDA that you support these important improvements.
And to help policymakers, parents and the press see the need for the new rules, we're gathering examples of the unhealthy food marketing students are currently exposed to. Please share your own examples.
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.
McDonald's recently announced it would no longer list soda on its kids' menu. Subway, Chipotle, Arby's, and Panera also don't offer soda on their children's menus. But most of the top chains, including Wendy's, Burger King, and Chili's, still promote sugary beverages to kids. Will you help us change that?
Soda and other sugary drinks uniquely promote obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. They are also the largest source of calories in kids' diets.