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  Today is the final day to tell the Federal Trade Commission and other federal agencies to implement principles designed to curb the amount of unhealthy food that's marketed to our kids. Below is a guest story written by co-director... Read more
 Ten-year-old Nadia Cotton admits that when she first came to the Boys and Girls Club, she wasn’t exactly motivated to exercise. “I was so lazy,” Cotton says. “I was lazy, I didn’t want to do nothing.” But Cotton soon found her strength... Read more
July 14, 2011
  Elementary school kids might not know that Doug E. Fresh or Chuck D. are among the founding fathers of hip hop. But they do hear the rappers’ message that it’s important to “Exercise and Be Calorie Wise.” The hip... Read more
  “Which came first: the food desert or the obesity epidemic? What do YOU think the root causes of each are?” — @ReStoreNshville, which also linked to this story inThe Economist about the obesity crisis. The magazine concludes the price of food is to... Read more
  When Federal Trade Commission staff attorney Michelle Rusk spoke about proposed food marketing principles at an obesity conference last week, she proved that even wonky government bureaucrats have a sense of humor. Rusk is a staffer for the Interagency... Read more
July 8, 2011
  During the past year, Taylor Behmke spent much of his free time launching and then implementing a produce-buying club at a church in Trenton, N.J. After those efforts proved fruitful, he now has his sights set on starting a similar effort... Read more