NEA starts Bag The Junk website

Bag the Junk is an informational website to support the NEA Health Information Network’s Healthier School Food Advocacy project. The Healthier School Food Advocacy project is a national initiative to improve the nutritional quality of snack foods and beverages sold in school vending machines, cafeteria à la carte lines, school stores and fundraisers. visit website

Pour One Out Video Contest Winners

It’s no secret that Americans’ excessive consumption of sugary drinks contributes to the growing obesity epidemic. This year, the Life’s Sweeter Challenge used Food Day as an opportunity to spread the health message about sugary drinks and have some good clean (though possibly sticky) fun.  In celebration of Food Day, we asked everyday people to send us their most creative, inspiring videos pouring out sugary beverages and making the case for cutting back. see the winners

Xtreme Eating 2013

CSPI’s latest study, Xtreme Eating 2013, reaffirms the need for restaurants and similar retail food establishments to tell customers how many calories are in their menu items. For example, who would guess that The Cheesecake Factory’s Bistro Shrimp Pasta has 3,120 calories (about a day and half’s worth) or that Smoothie King’s 40 oz. Peanut Power Plus Grape Smoothie has 1,460 calories?  read more

Campaign to Update Children’s Online Privacy Laws

Health advocacy groups are being asked to sign on to a letter of support for the swift passage of the proposed updates to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

The Center for Digital Democracy and Common Sense Media, partners on this campaign, see COPPA as health issue because personal online data of children is what companies use to retarget them with food marketing–including junk food marketing. Forty groups have already signed on, including the American Heart Association, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Public Health Institue, and Voices for American’s Children. Other organizations can add their name to the list by contacting

Concerned individuals and parents can also a petition to send a message to the FTC that they strongly support their work to update the rules.