It's easy to make fun of the "nanny state," but childhood obesity is not a joke. When the court arguments begin again, remember that this decision is about our future. It's about stopping the next generation of New Yorkers from developing potentially deadly habits.
There are many reasons cancer has become ingrained in the landscape of our lives. Cancer prevention should be on the top of every corporate spreadsheet. How would that change the way we do business? What could that do to expand corporate social responsibility?
There is a growing obesity problem in America: Two-thirds of Americans are overweight, but that's not the real crisis: One-fifth of our dogs are fat.
Halloween is perfect for teaching healthy eating habits because it's the one day when we're most likely to be upfront about all the excess. That honesty makes it easier for parents to talk to their children about managing abundance.
In a grandiose announcement from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (an offshoot of the Clinton Foundation), McDonald's proved once again that it's not only the world's fast-food leader, but also the king of spin.
Parks and schoolhouses used to be the breeding ground of Olympic athletes. Coaches didn't used to come with a high price tag, but were P.E. teachers who volunteered for positions after school.
Physical activity and movement are critical components to obesity prevention. Yet, the large majority or our children do not achieve the recommended 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity each day.
Cheese sticks. Grilled cheese. Cheese quesadillas. Pizza. Macaroni and cheese. Many toddlers I know eat cheese daily. Some eat cheese multiple times throughout the day. And parents think they're doing the right thing: getting enough calcium into their kids.
The first lady joked that some industry members may be waiting things out, figuring that "in a few years, this lady will be gone and this whole Let's Move thing will finally be over, so we can go back to business as usual." That's exactly what they are thinking.
What's become increasingly clear to me is how appreciative and excited students, parents and teachers are to have someone care enough to provide exercise equipment to help their kids get on the path to a healthy future.
If economics aspires to be a science -- "the dismal science" as it was traditionally called -- it must recognize that the most relevant economic data are human.
If I could change one thing alone, I would change this: Currently New York City Public School students have physical education twice a week.
Consumers living in L.A. County can still dine out, eat healthfully and have the option to purchase smaller portion sizes, which will offer fewer calories. Restaurants can increase revenue by selling healthier food options in smaller portions and help contribute to the health of its residents.
As a mom, pediatrician, integrative health expert and living healthy naturally M.D., I know that children can do this. They can beat the obesity crisis if we can create the right curriculum.
It's finally becoming normal to recognize that poor food choices lead to the current obesity epidemic and mushy-brain syndrome. Groups like Alliance for a Healthier Generation lead the movement on this and with great results to show for it.
You don't have to worry about getting our children to eat veggies, or more or less food. It's not your job to decide how much our children have to eat before they can "earn" dessert, or if you think they are too skinny or too fat. You don't have to keep track of any of it!