Join MomsRising's Healthy Holiday Food Blog Carnival!


By all accounts, this has to be the foodiest of all seasons. Halloween perked up many a sweet tooth, and we now find ourselves in the midst of the biggest food-focused holidays of the year. It's a challenge for all parents to make sure that their kids get healthy and nutritious foods throughout every season. And when more than 23 million of our youth are overweight or obese, leading to high rates of type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, this is a challenge facing our entire nation. It is a challenge both for how parents prepare food for their families, and for how we come together to advocate for policies that ensure our communities have ready access to affordable, healthy food.

And we're making progress! What better time than now to join our voices together about our food? (Full submission details at http://moms.ly/UGTj5Q)

Supermarket and menu labeling campaigns have made headlines and New York City approved limits on the serving sizes of soda and sugary beverage. And this year, the USDA implemented new rules that improve school meals by increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables and reducing calories. However, some legislators are attempting to roll back the progress made, and many schools still sell junk food in vending machines and on snack lines. The conversations about food, health, and obesity are heating up!

The health of our children and our communities is up to us; we can bring about change in our families, in our children's schools, and through national policies that impact affordability and access to healthy food. MomsRising invites everyone with something to share about food -- from preparation and recipes to politics and health -- to participate in the Healthy Holiday Food Blog Carnival.

Do you have enticing, healthy recipes that even teens can’t resist, or ideas about how to improve nutrition at school? Do you see a need or opportunities for sensible solutions in your community? Or do you have suggestions about how schools and parents can work together? We want to hear from you!

Here are some other blog post ideas:
• Local eating
• Creative and healthy snacks
• Impact of community gardens in urban areas
• School food changes
• Incorporating children in the kitchen
• Genetically modified foods and labeling
• The impact of poverty on access to healthy food
• Unique family food biographies
• Food deserts
• Using food in community service
• Vegetarian kids who are tired of pasta marinara
• How and why you incorporate sweets in your child’s diet
• Teaching kids to grocery shop (outer rim, exp. dates, label reading)
• Food restrictions (religious or elective) at birthday parties
• Updating family recipes to make them fresher and healthier
• Connection between transportation access and healthy food options
• Food justice - what does it mean to your community?

Here are some recent reports about food and childhood obesity you can use for research and stats:

http://www.healthyschoolfoodsnow.org/resources/
http://www.rwjf.org/en/about-rwjf/program-areas/childhood-obesity/strategy/policy-priority-school-foods-and-beverages.html

I’ve also included a link at the end of this message to a past food blog carnival for you to see how it works. Blog posts can be just a few paragraphs or longer, but we recommend your post be about 500 – 800 words. For more details about submitting to the blog carnival, visit: http://moms.ly/UGTj5Q. We're accepting submissions now and until December 1 for inclusion when we publish the carnival on December 6.

MomsRising appreciates original content and we are also happy to re-post previously written content as long as you add a few sentences or a paragraph on why this post isrelevant to this particular blog carnival.

DETAILS ON SHARING BLOGPOSTS WITH MOMSRISING’S SOCIAL MEDIA AUDIENCE OF 3.5 MILLION. When the blog carnival is published on December 6th, each post will be tweeted with hashtags related to food and the topic. They will also be posted on our Facebook page. We encourage all blog carnival participants to join our members in retweeting our tweets and re-sharing our Facebook posts.

Read more: http://www.momsrising.org/blog/holiday-food-blog-carnival-submit-a-post/#ixzz2CtDHxui8

Past blog carnival: http://www.momsrising.org/blog/making-the-school-day-healthier-a-momsrising-blog-carnival

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