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Energy drinks: attention, parents of teens!

Visiting my best friend in San Francisco recently, I sat outside her high-end convenience/grocery store in the very affluent suburb of Piedmont grading papers.   The high school kids arrived en masse, at lunch and after school.   An amazing amount of candy and energy drinks walk out of that place–thousands of dollars’ worth daily. […]

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What did you make, when did you eat it, and where?

Dear GreenSmoothieGirl, what do you eat in a day?   Not only what did you eat, but WHERE were you when you ate it (soccer field, etc.), and when did you make it, etc.?   Answer:   I logged three weekdays  in a row, just for you.   (I think this question was a nice […]

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Easy school lunch ideas

Here’s the second topic I’d like to ask your help for. Because I get lots of questions about it, I’m going to put a recipe collection together of healthy lunch ideas (especially school lunches). If you email me (robyn@greensmoothiegirl.com) or post on this blog with your favorite ideas (recipes encouraged!), I’ll put you on a […]

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For parents or grandparents: race cars need better fuel!

My yoga teacher today, in the middle of class (to take our minds of the obscene length of time she makes us hold each pose, I’m sure) said the coolest thing today. She said, I tell my kids why their school lunch isn’t made up of bags of potato chips, like their friends’ are.   […]

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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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young people with heart disease

Every semester, I have my Management Communications 320 students do an online writing assignment on a company discussion board.   I give them a case involving discussion of an elementary school’s parent-teacher organization’s proposal for a new hot-lunch menu sponsored by fast-food chains.   This case is based on my own real-life experience with my […]

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School lunch nutrition

Today was Go to Junior High With Your Child day.   It’s hard to describe the level of enthusiasm Kincade expressed when I told him I was going to spend my birthday with him at his school, but I’ll try: eyes rolling, mouth hanging open, slumping.   “No! Seriously? Mom! You wouldn’t!” I have developed […]

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