Instagram is implementing a new policy to its platform that will restrict posts advertising weight-loss products to anyone under 18 years of age. From CNN: "Content that makes a miraculous claim about certain diet or weight loss products, and is linked to a discount code or other offer, will no longer be allowed and will be removed from the platform."
Televised or streamed sporting events are seen by millions of viewers, many of which are children. The screen time is staggering – recent research shows children, adolescents, and teens spend an average of 7 hours and 11 minutes of screen media per day
Are these sponsorships and ads negatively impacting children’s health and food choices?
A study looking at the sponsors of the top 10 most-viewed sports by children found some startling trends. All sports, except the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), had at least one food and/or non-alcoholic beverage sponsor (Bragg et al., 2018). The NFL showed to have the highest child viewership and 27% of their sponsors were a food and/or non-alcoholic beverage company (Bragg et al., 2018).
The ads were assessed using an established 100-point nutrition scoring system to assess nutritional...
Admittedly, this post is LONG overdue. And then some. But while there is no excuse that truly makes up for this lag, there is some explanation.
Flik Independent School Dining had an extremely busy few months with the end of the last school year, summer camps, and the opening of all of our schools for the 2013-2014 school year, including many new schools! This fast pace, combined with all of the fabulous offerings and programming we have seen and want to share, has naturally led to a bit of a shift in focus. Translation: Snap and Shoot!
Most of us have truly gotten into an interesting social media groove, one that has really gained momentum and intensity over the last several months, when it comes to sharing photos and quick comments, mostly via Twitter and Instagram. (I also like to communicate nutrition news and updates both small- and large-scale.) As our operational support teams travel to different schools, these outlets keep us connected and in...
If you’re like me and work with schools, or work closely with children, or if you’re a parent of school-age children, you may have noticed something very concerning. I’m talking about food allergies. Why do they seem to affect more and more kids every year?
My nutrition colleagues and colleagues at Flik Independent School Dining have discussed this at length. I remember when I was in elementary school and middle school, there was one fellow student who had a peanut allergy. The experiences of most of my colleagues were similar. But now, food allergies just seem rampant. In addition, we are seeing a variety of the eight major allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, milk, soy, egg) present themselves in any number of combinations in many individuals.
The truth is, food allergies are in fact on the rise. According to a recent CDC study:
In 2007, approximately 3 million children under a...