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Antibiotic-free Meat Buying Guide

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Help us make some noise that will be heard all the way at the steps of the court!

Raise your voice!

Your voice isn’t being heard, yet. 

In early March, the Supreme Court of the United States will review a case that threatens to eliminate financial assistance for health coverage in about 36 states as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A ruling against the ACA could increase the number of uninsured by 8.2 million people and could increase the costs of health coverage up to 35% for all health consumers even if they don’t have ACA coverage. 

This legal case is about us and our health coverage. We are the ones using the preventive services, talking to our doctors, signing our families up for coverage, and paying the monthly premiums.

This U.S. Supreme Court case impacts us directly and we need to make sure our stories are heard. 

Great news out of Jacksonville, Florida for children's health!

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Great news! Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and other city leaders are going the extra mile to make sure our kids have the health coverage they need!

Jacksonville was recently awarded a grant through the National League of Cities to connect uninsured kids with low-cost KidCare and Medicaid coverage. With more than 17,000 uninsured children in Duval County alone, this Cover Jacksonville campaign can help us go a long way toward decreasing the number of uninsured children in our community. 

This is important because when children have health insurance, they enjoy better health throughout childhood, demonstrate greater academic performance, and are less reliant on emergency healthcare services. 

Join us in telling Mayor Brown, "Thank you for going the extra mile to make sure our kids have the health coverage they need!" 

School Food Advocacy 101

Our kids spend most of their waking life at school, so the food they encounter there can have a real impact on their health.  If you're feeling concerned about some aspect of your child's school food environment - take action! 
 
Here are some general tips for effective school food advocacy:
 
Keep your cool.  Food is an emotional issue for most people, and questioning how someone feeds the children in their care can touch on all kinds of sensitivities.  So no matter how annoyed or angry you may feel about junk food at your child’s school, first take a deep breath!  Remember that the teacher passing out candy rewards or the PTA member advocating for junk food fundraising likely lack nutrition education, but they don’t mean any actual harm. If you can stay calm and polite, you’ll have a better chance of bringing them around to your point of view. 
 
Don't go it alone.  If at all possible, find allies who share your views.

Quick signature needed for teens fighting for equal pay for equal work in WA!

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I’m flat out inspired. Teens in Washington State are coming forward, standing up, and speaking out for fair pay. Here’s what some of them have to say:

“Fair pay is extremely important to me as I start to think about my future. I’m starting to think about college and possible careers. My friends and I should be able to make the most out of our futures and have the same opportunity as everyone else. Women are worth more than spare change!" - Olivia, age 16

 

"I want to know that one day, all my hard work will pay off. I want to feel like I'm valued just as much as my male counterparts are in my future career. I want to give girls the opportunity to be whatever or whomever they want in this world." - Megan, age 18

"We have a responsibility to make sure people are treated and paid equally for equal work. There really isn't any excuse to not do so."- Connor, age 18

“Equal pay is a basic human right that can't be denied any longer.” - Lilly, age 17

#FoodFri Tweetchat: What's In Your Fruit Snacks?

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Looking for a healthy treat? Don't be deceived by claims of "fruit" in your snacks!

Fruit snacks are everywhere: supermarkets, convenience stores, lunch boxes, cafeterias, vending machines... But the truth is these brightly colored processed foods tend to be all snack and no fruit.

Join #FoodFri at 1pm, EST, on 1/30/2015, with @MomsRising and @CSPI to share and learn the truth about fruit snacks and healthier alternatives to snack on.

Feel free to invite a friend (or two!) by clicking below!

Tweet: Don't be deceived by claims of "fruit" in snacks! Join #FoodFri 1/30 @ 1pET to learn more: http://ctt.ec/Tbd6W+ #Foodie #Parenting

 

To join and follow the conversation on Twitter use the #FoodFri Hashtag in each tweet.

Antibiotic Resistance: What It Is, What We’re Doing about It, and What You Can Do to Help

As a doctor, my greatest fear is to be unable to help a patient when they need me the most.  Likewise, I think the greatest fear of every parent is to see his or her child in pain and be powerless to help.  For too many doctors and parents, these fears are becoming increasingly real with the rising problem of antibiotic resistance – when germs outsmart the medicines intended to treat them.  Every year, antibiotic-resistant infections cause at least 2 million illnesses and over 23,000 deaths in the United States. If we do not take action to combat antibiotic resistance, those numbers will rise.

The Federal government has been tackling this problem head on. Last September, President Obama signed an Executive Order launching Federal efforts to address the rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and the administration released its national strategy for combating antibiotic resistance. The President’s FY 2016 Budget builds on these and other recent work by nearly doubling Federal funding for combating and preventing antibiotic resistance.

Congress wants to cut Medicaid. Moms can’t let them!

Congress is only a few days into its new session and already vital health programs like Medicaid are in jeopardy.

Without strong public support, the new Congress may take steps to fundamentally weaken Medicaid, a program that provides health coverage to one in three low-income children and to 70 percent of all nursing home residents. Medicaid is a critical support for families, especially those of us who are caring for children, have aging parents, or have family members with disabilities.

Who Makes Our Food?

More than 100 years ago, after Upton Sinclair worked undercover in Chicago meatpacking plants, he revealed the abuse and exploitation of immigrant workers in the industry—including the tragic story of a worker who fell into a rendering tank. Public reaction to his great book, “The Jungle,” forced federal measures to make food safer—but not workers safer.

There shouldn’t be any separation between good food and good jobs, because working conditions in the food system are everyone else’s eating conditions.

Unions represent workers throughout the food system—farm workers, meat cutters, poultry workers, restaurant workers, grocery workers, workers who transport food products, food safety inspectors and others. What these workers win at the bargaining table affects what we put on the dinner table.

Wendy's, Soda, and Faith

So what does a soda in a kid's meal have to do with faith? 

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