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What would you do if your child got cancer? part 1 of 3

Dear GreenSmoothieGirl: What would you do if one of your kids got cancer? I have read in the news where they have tried to get alternatives treatments for their kids and they were put in jail because of it. Right now, our only plan is to take them straight to Mexico to get the same […]

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Young vegetarians! Share this with your kids….part 1 of 2

My 16-year old daughter Emma has been a vegetarian since age 11, and she loves to evangelize.  When there’s a debate in a school class (it always seems to revolve around “where do you get your protein?”), she comes to me and asks for verbal ammo. Right now she and I are both writing on […]

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How can I promote healthy school lunch in my area?

After my Renegade Lunch Lady blog entry, Emily asked, “What I want to know is what can I specifically do in my area?” She refers to turning nutrition around in the institutions that serve our children. Especially schools. And any organizations that outreach to families. Well, there are macro issues–for the community organizers and big […]

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ObamaCare . . . part 3 of 3

Congress has been wringing its hands over the tragedy of millions of uninsured Americans, for years. The question has been, “How can we pay for all the drugs and surgeries and doctor visits of the Baby Boomers?” How indeed. (And we aren’t even thinking, yet, of the soda generation of obese kids–we’ll worry about that […]

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ObamaCare . . . part 2 of 3

Forgive me if you’re not in the U.S. – I’m going to comment on our historic new piece of legislation the media calls ObamaCare. It’s the biggest piece of socialized government ever foisted on the American public, by the most liberal president we’ve ever had. The states are quickly lining up en masse to sue […]

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should chemotherapy be mandatory for children with cancer?

Five years ago, I wrote editorials that appeared in Utah papers about my  reaction when Parker Jensen, diagnosed by Primary Children’s Hospital with “probably Ewing’s sarcoma” (a rare soft tissue cancer) was being forced into chemotherapy by the sate of Utah against his parents’ objections.   The incestuous group of doctors, social workers, guardians ad […]

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Finally a legislator is stepping up! . . . part 4 of 4

This is the email I received from my legislator, Rep. Steve Sandstrom (haven’t heard from Sen. John Valentine, president of the Senate, yet).   Write him at ssandstrom@utah.gov and tell him thanks and encouragement for his commitment to sponsor a bill to help our kids.   Robyn,   I would whole-heartedly support or sponsor such […]

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The letter I wrote my legislators re: junk food vending . . . part 3 of 4

  Feel free to leverage any part of this letter in your own effort to be heard on this important issue of our children being fed junk food in school, and even the districts making money on feeding the childhood obesity epidemic:   Hello Rep. Steve Sandstrom:   I’m one of your constituents in Lindon, […]

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Junk food vending in schools . . . Part 2 of 4

According to Ace Stryker of the Daily Herald, Child Nutrition Supervisor Jenilee McComb in Provo District is working on a policy for this fall that imposes a 300-calorie limit on vending machine goods.   This is well intentioned, but plenty of nutrition free, acidic, processed foods can be sold in portions lower than 300 calories. […]

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Schools complicit in crimes against children: junk-food vending… part 1 of 4

In July 20′s Daily Herald (Utah Valley), reporter Ace Stryker gives these infuriating statistics from a 2006 study by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where my home state of Utah leads the nation in these categories:   83 percent of Utah schools are selling chocolate in vending/school stores versus 40 percent nationwide   76 […]

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