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Get Your Buns Covered

Mary first caught my eye as she strode down a busy thoroughfare in a flimsy hospital gown, with the sun glistening off (what looked like) her bare buttocks.

"Uncovered” was the message on her sign. She and her friends, Seattle’s Raging Grannies, took to the streets that day, alongside thousands of others, to protest the fact that too many Americans simply couldn’t afford health insurance. Had there been a prize for best costume, Mary would've won, hands down. The Raging Grannies made a difference that day by adding their creativity and spunk to the tidal wave of public pressure that pushed Congress to enact the Affordable Care Act in 2009.

Blog Carnival: A Celebration of Women's History Month & Building an Intersectional Movement

At MomsRising, we’re building a movement that is reflective of the diversity, contributions, and needs of families in the United States. This means that our membership mirrors the U.S. Census in terms of racial and ethnic composition, that we have a multicultural team, that families with one or two parents, parents who identify as LGBTQ, parents of all races and ethnicities — parents who simply want to make change with us — are all coming together.
 
This Women's History Month, we celebrate the achievements of women across social justice movements, particularly those whose names and stories are often left out of textbooks and the media. It's also an important time to reflect on the future of our work and ensure it always reflects the intersectional nature of the issues our families and communities face. 

Moms Tell Their Stories About Medicaid

We have heard from hundreds of parents from around the country on how important Medicaid is to their families. Their stories range from moms who used it when their babies were delivered early and ended up in the NICU to parents of the Sandwich Generation who need it to care for their elderly parents. These stories carry all the more weight this week as Congress gears up to vote on a budget that slashes funding to Medicaid and makes major changes to the program that would likely result in loss of coverage for millions of families.

Please read the stories below (and share with your friends and family) and then write your member of Congress and ask them to protect Medicaid for these families and the millions of others like them.

Amy, Rhode Island

When Mealtime is a Battleground

While many of us know how difficult motherhood can be, it’s easy to underestimate the amount of time and energy that goes into meal-planning for a growing child, a decision-making process that begins with breastfeeding and doesn’t stop there. Regardless of whether you are pregnant or the mother of an infant or young child, there are a lot of uncertainties when it comes to your child’s diet, and it can be tricky to sift through the opinions and wealth of available information to know what’s best. As your children grow, you may face tough judgment calls such as preparing a healthy and nutritious meal versus preparing a meal they want to eat.

Mealtime, whether you have a newborn or a toddler, can be a battleground, and it helps to have an army of like-minded mothers going through the same process of trial and error. Knowing which nutrition resources are up-to-date and accurate may be a challenge, but having confidantes who are in pursuit of the same information and trusted resources can stimulate a useful dialogue about health and in turn multiply your own nutrition tool kit.

The ACA at Five: Incredible Progress Already and More to Come

Since its enactment in 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has done something truly amazing: It has provided health insurance coverage to more than 16 million people. When the law turned five this week, the country’s uninsured rate was at its lowest level ever. Moreover, health care prices are rising at the slowest pace in nearly 50 years – an important turn that is making our economy stronger. In short, the ACA has had tremendously positive implications for the health and economic security of women and families, and for the strength and sustainability of our health care system. 

#FoodFri Tweetchat: Stand UP for Science Based Dietary Guidelines!

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Since joining MomsRising, I’ve shared many personal stories, including my family heart disease history, my oldest son's high blood pressure scare, growing up in a food desert and so much more. I've shared these stories because they need to be heard. They are happening in countless homes across the United States, not just my own. If it hasn't affected your home yet, it will. Why? Because “obesity related medical costs, alone, could rise by $43 to $66 billion each year in the United States by 2030" and those costs will be felt by all.

We have a chance to alter these numbers.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are being discussed right now. These guidelines would set nutritional standards. And, we want to ensure they are based on science, not lobbying by the interests of meat, soda, sugar, salt, and junk-food industries. They should not determine public health.

Good Food Force Update: Hands off SNAP!, #FoodFri, conversation on faith & food, & more!

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Moms Tell Congress: "Hands off SNAP!"

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is one of the strongest tools our country has in combating hunger and poverty. 3.8 million children in this country currently live in households experiencing food insecurity. 46 million people—including children, the elderly, and people with disabilities—rely on SNAP to feed themselves each day.

Yet some in Congress are proposing a budget that GUTS SNAP. Cutting funding or changing the structure of SNAP puts the neediest people in our country at serious risk. We need YOUR help in making our voices loud and clear. Write your members of Congress today and tell them “hands off SNAP!” 

 

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Experts agree: protect all kids from junk food marketing

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Did you know? Each year, U.S. food and beverage companies spend nearly $2 billion (Yes, that’s billion with a “b”!) marketing to children — and most ads promote unhealthy foods and drinks.[1]

Whether they're putting our kids' favorite characters on junk food packaging, sending special deals and invitations via mobile phones, or sponsoring school events and materials, companies are purposefully bypassing parents to cultivate our kids into what they hope will be lifelong consumers of unhealthy foods. Pretty scary, right?

*It’s time for this to change! Companies should not be attempting to bypass parents by marketing unhealthy soda, candy, chips, and other junk food directly to our kids. Please join me in asking them to stop:http://action.momsrising.org/sign/CFBAI2015/?ak_proof=1&t=5&akid=.452826.vRs5Vk.

I Say No To Guns On Florida Campuses, Do You?

When I heard about legislation moving forward that would put concealed weapons on campus I thought of my days at Rollins College.

I was 17 years old and happy to be as close to adulthood as I’d ever gotten. I lived off campus which meant I had the wheels and was called upon to drive my schoolmates to parties or clubs even though I couldn’t officially get in.

We studied, but my school was known for big parties. On more than one occasion I heard about fights that would break out over minor issues heightened by the consumption of alcohol. It made me wonder about what would happen if the Senate Bill 176 was passed.

Text, Talk, Act For Mental Health. Because Sometimes Our Kids Won't Come To Us.

As the parent of a high schooler and a tween, I relish those wonderful days- the days when my children are so excited to talk with me, to tell me all about what’s happening at school, what’s going on in their friends’ lives, and what triumphs and challenges they’re experiencing at the moment. And then there are the not so wonderful days, when trying to have a conversation with my kids is like trying to squeeze water from a stone. Parents everywhere know the drill: monosyllabic responses, a little eye rolling and exasperated sighing or shoulder shrugging in response to a simple question like, “How was basketball practice today?” Because that’s how a lot of kids are- sometimes they’re talkative and sometimes they’re not. Sometimes we’re their closest confidantes. But sometimes we’re not.

 

Sometimes we’re not their confidantes so we aren’t always aware when the red flags go up. And that’s really important to think about and to address proactively.

 

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