The Center for Science in the Public Interest has filed a petition urging the FDA to determine safe limits on high-fructose corn syrup and other sugars in soft drinks. See their infographic
A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded report has been released that shows lower calorie menu items have a positive impact on restaurant sales. read more
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
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
The number of people receiving emergency treatment because they consumed energy drinks has spiked in the U.S. over the past few years. A recent government survey indicates that from 2007 to 2011, the number of emergency department (ED) visits related to energy drink consumption nearly doubled, increasing from 10,068 to 20,783. read more
When Coca-Cola released “Coming Together,” a 2 minute ad addressing obesity, it was met with jeers and howls of laughter. Now that the laughter has died down, CSPI thought it would attempt to translate the ad’s Cokespeak into plain English.
The HeLP America Act supports fruits and vegetables in schools, guidelines for healthier food marketing to kids, sodium reduction in processed and restaurant foods, consistent front-of-pack labeling, healthier food on federal property and national parks, and other nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco efforts. read more
The American Lung Association annual “State of Tobacco Control” report reveals a tragic money trail leading to tobacco-caused death and disease that shows federal and state governments are largely failing to combat tobacco industry tactics, while diverting or misusing life-saving tobacco control funds. read more
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
Some kids can’t get enough of online games where they can pretend to run a candy factory or decorate cakes. But children who play with these games may eat more, and eat more junk food, even if the game features fruit or other healthful choices, according to new research. read more
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 email@example.com.
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.
The healthcare sector spends millions of dollars on advertising, but how much of what is being communicated is really being understood? When one considers that as many as half of all American adults have limited literacy skills and even more—as many as 9 out of 10—have limited heath literacy skills, the issue becomes more acute. Read more