Now Pouring: Soda Pledges, Politics & Public Health

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Oct. 8, 2014 Update: NYTimes' Mark Bittman and Mother Jones both weigh in on the politics of the soda tax, which has vaulted to $9.1 million "Big Soda" (ABA) spending combined to try to crush the … [Read more...]

Biggest Loser? Healthy Eating. Weight Loss Is Not Entertainment

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Feb. 26, 2014 "Welcome to your different eating disorder. It's much like your old one only people think you look better.” –Kai Hubbard, 3rd season contestant, The Biggest LoserThat jarringly candid … [Read more...]

Hawking Hydration Low: Gatorade Tells Kids To Avoid Water

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Jan. 10, 2014 I’ve written a lot about the heavy marketing of sugary/salty sports drinks over water for hydration, and this post about “kidney stones in kindergarten” serves as a public health … [Read more...]

Fed Up With Food Marketing to Kids? Nosh On Food MythBusters Film

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Sept. 21, 2013 Tired of the $2 billion/year endless barrage of hard sell food advertising hawking toxic crud to children to turn them into life long consumers? You’re about to get some ammo in the … [Read more...]

Marketing Tactics Undermine Parent Authority: Moms Not Lovin It.org

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July 8, 2013 Update: Join the #MomsNotLovinIt Twitter chat about McDonalds and other fast food giants specifically targeting kids of color, and the new study in Journal of American Medical Assn on … [Read more...]

ACEs Wild: Flip the Brain Script on Adverse Childhood Experiences

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1-15-14 Update: Two more impt studies to add, this study via Chicago Policy Review on how African American urban youth respond to life event stress, and this new urban youth lifestyle study … [Read more...]

Digital Detox, Blog Hiatus, and Fresh New Focus for 2013

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Jan. 2013-Shaping Youth has taken a first ever, full month long blog hiatus until Feb. 1, 2013. You can follow our posts on Twitter in the interim while we unplug the blog to repower the system … [Read more...]

Media Messages and Binge Drinking Influence On Teens

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Dec. 31, 2012 Prequel to New Year's Eve... Long gone are the days when I could host a “New Year's at Noon Bubble Wrap Stomp” and watch little kids gleefully squirt silly string at each other in … [Read more...]

CCFC: A Positive Pick, Even When Calling Out Negative TOADY Toys

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Dec. 4, 2012 No question I continue to land hard on watchdogs that aren’t woofin’ when it comes to media and marketing’s impact on kids, but nobody does it better than Campaign for a Commercial Free … [Read more...]

Olympic Body Image: Talking Points To Get it Right, Fit vs Fiction

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Aug. 6, 2012 "She looks...big. I mean, not BIG big, but, well...chunky." Watching the Olympics with kids today tells a story in itself when comments tumble freely, and media fluff and stuff … [Read more...]

Julia Bluhm’s Plea To Curb PhotoShop Sparks Change at Seventeen Mag

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July 8, 2012 No secret the 'world according to teen magazines' is abysmal for girls, and we've seen mega-stats, studies and fact sheets about the impact on tweens and teens, (KFF pdf here) but as the … [Read more...]

Boys, Body Image and Sexualization: An Equal Opportunity Destroyer

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June 5, 2012 “Carve Your Core!” “Big Arms Made Easy!” “Double your muscle in 28 days!” "17-day Abs" “Stronger, Leaner, Faster” (Men's Health UK, upcoming July '12) Increasingly, boys’ body image … [Read more...]

My Mommy Taught Me To Surf: Meaningful Media for Mother’s Day

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May 8, 2012 Happy Children's Book Week all! (May 7-13 2012) No secret I prefer media that has a social enterprise tie-in or a deeper message than the vapid values of commercialism circulating in … [Read more...]

Time for a Digital Cleanse! Join Us For Screen Free Week April 30-May 6

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April 12, 2012 Ommm...want to join me in turning off all glowing electronic devices to celebrate CCFC's Screen Free Week  of insight April 30-May 6, 2012? It's a great chance to unplug...and … [Read more...]

Using Media to Uplift and Inspire: When to Tune In, Not Out.

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Dec. 20, 2011 True confessions, it’s been a heckuva challenging year, and it got me thinking about what different people do to bootstrap themselves out of adversity in its many forms whether it’s … [Read more...]

Kids Think A Blackberry Is A Device Not A Fruit? Eat Real.

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 Oct 24, 2012 Food Day 2012! On Twitter, follow #FoodDayConf with great tips on label lingo, decoding kids aisle food claims. In honor of the day, I'm reprising "Food for Thought: Media to Digest for … [Read more...]

Food Marketing to Kids: Occupy Wall Street Applies Here, Too

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Oct. 16, 2011 It's Blog Action Day today which coincides with United Nations' World Food Day, so my contribution among 80 countries participating is about food policy, profiteering and public health. … [Read more...]

Survivor, The Lunch Table Edition: SEL to Prevent Bullying

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Sept. 6, 2011 As school starts this week for the very few left that haven’t had summer short-circuited with August start dates, we’re continuing our focus on solutions-based media to ramp up Social … [Read more...]

Redefining Beauty, Reclaiming Yourself: Backtalking Billboards!

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July 29, 2011 Do you feel the rumble of the “I’m mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore” massive mindshifting among young women talking back to the ad industry and media machine? The “Take Back … [Read more...]

Shaping Youth Is Backing The Illusionists Film About Media’s Body Blitz

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July 26, 2011 SUCCESS! (See sidebar on our homepage for exact numbers) Thank you all for helping Elena's breakthrough film, and as I just wrote to her..."even though I'm passing the baton, … [Read more...]