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D.A.R.E. to make healthy choices

15 Mar

Earlier, I posted asking people to vote for my proposal to curb childhood obesity on Slate.  Unfortunately, I had to post quickly, and didn’t get a chance to fully explain it.  Slate’s Time to Trim Hive is “a project to crowdsource solutions to childhood obesity.”  They asked for readers to submit proposals and for others to vote on them.

Here’s my proposal:

We have D.A.R.E. to teach kids to say no to drugs. In D.A.R.E. we teach them what drugs really do to their bodies and how to make responsible decisions. We need a similar program about food, exercise, and physiology. Kids need to learn that sugar and caffeine can be dangerous and addicting. Let’s teach them about blood sugar levels and how foods interact. They need to learn about the impact that different types of foods have on their bodies and how what they eat can affect how they feel. Let’s teach them to make reasonable, moderate choices. And, like D.A.R.E., let’s do it in a positive way. Some bodies are just built heavier than others. Some kids won’t be skinny, no matter what they do. And that’s okay. This class can’t be another time (joining gym, health, and sports) where fat kids are made to feel stigmatized. We need to include information on metabolism and how everyone’s body is different. How it’s about health, not weight. So, let’s sit down with Michael Pollan and Michelle Obama and other leaders interested in the subject and develop a curriculum. Let’s find some sponsors to help us roll it out across the county across all levels of our schools. (Bill Gates, I’m looking at you.) Let’s start it early and make it fun and interesting. Like D.A.R.E., we’ll reach kids on their levels, introducing some concepts in elementary school and building on their knowledge as they grow older. Let’s have kids running home to share the information with their parents. As the program expands, we can add parental education components and engage local communities in the discussion. (Oh, and we’ll also give out awesome T-shirts.)

Click here to vote for my submission.  Remember you can vote using your Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, or Yahoo information.  Also, it looks like I only need about 30 more votes to move into the finals.  So, please, Share on Facebook with your friends.

Lordy, lordy Starbucks is 40

9 Mar

Starbucks is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary this week.  Too bad that (as far as I know) they’re not giving away free coffee.  I would like 40 cups of free coffee…

Instead, they’ve unveiled their new logo.  This has been so widely covered today that it’s not even worth linking to any particular article.  (Check any major (or even minor) news outlet.  But, what is worth noting is that this logo doesn’t involve the words “Starbucks” or “coffee” at all.  It’s just part of a siren.  I guess the siren is the new golden arches.  Maybe in a few years it will be added to the list of logos that the use to test children…  (Is there a word for that test?)

Infographic taken from (and links to) the National News Post

Also, on the subject of Starbucks, I know this is old, but I love this graphic.  Too bad This Is Why You’re Fat doesn’t update anymore…  Seriously America.  How is this necessary?  The Trenta will kill you.  Michael Pollan would not be impressed.  (Eat food?  No.  Not too much?  No.  Mostly plants?  No.  Fails all three tests.)

Speaking of Starbucks…  Did you know that there’s a Starbucks Gossip Blog!?  I guess it only makes sense as there’s (a previously referenced) one for Borders.  The “About Me” on the blog says that they’re not affiliated with Starbucks, but the whole thing strikes me as rather corporate.   A post about “how are the pre-orders for the new coffee going at your local store”?  Really?

And, I know that this post is getting rather image heavy, but this is one of the best GraphJam illustrations of all time.  (Thanks, Kanye.)  Apparently the last one is just supposed to be her nose.  Don’t worry… it took me a while, too.

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