Oops, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I started back to school last week, in a new program – I’m now doing an M.S. in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, in addition to my MPH. So, if my posts are sparser this fall, it’s because I’m back to being busy but studying the things I love.

  • President Obama declared September as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month in a press release last week. He called out the first lady’s Let’s Move! campaign as well as other important initiatives that have been instrumental in working towards curbing childhood obesity. [Obama Foodorama]
  • Boston is launching a series of public service announcements bashing soda-drinking, in conjunction with Mayor Menino’s ban on the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages in state buildings. The commercials give the message, “don’t get smacked by fat,” and are aimed at parents and teenagers, particularly in low-income and minority communities around the city. [Boston Globe]
  • Growth in farmers’ markets might not be a good thing after all – more than 1,000 new markets have cropped up over the past year (according to the USDA), but farmers are seeing less customers and are forced to be more competitive. [NYT]
  • The USDA nixed New York City’s proposal to ban the purchase of sugar-sweetened beverages with SNAP (food stamp) benefits, saying it would be too complicated to administer. NYC had also intended to measure the decrease in obesity rates from this initiative over a 2-year pilot phase, but the USDA concluded that measuring the direct relation between reduced soda consumption and obesity would be too difficult. The USDA also believed that the program “would ‘perpetuate the myth’ that food stamp users made poor shopping decisions.” Mayor Bloomberg is pissed. [NYT]
  • Based on the hilarious SNL skit, Ben & Jerry’s is releasing a Schweddy Balls flavor ice cream – vanilla ice cream, a touch of rum, with fudge-covered rum balls and malted milk balls. The flavor had been a rumor back in June, but you can expect it to hit stores soon. If you’re not familiar with the skit, I suggest you go watch it. [AOL]