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New York Plans to Ban Sale of Big Sizes of Sugary Drinks and I Say Goodbye

Posted by: Mariah Kate Geiger May 30, 2012

Hey everybody! I have two things for you today- first, what I consider to be the good news- Mayor Bloomberg of New York City is proposing a ban on the sale of large sugary drinks.... »MORE


Active Schools Acceleration Project Gives Grants to Schools that get Kids Moving

Posted by: Mariah Kate Geiger May 24, 2012

Hey guys! Check out this great article from Jacque Wilson at CNN describing schools who have taken awesome, innovative initiatives for getting kids moving, with the help of grant money from a Active Schools Acceleration Project's... »MORE


Top 5s!

Posted by: Mariah Kate Geiger May 24, 2012

How do I make getting moving and eating well fun for ME?  Here are my top five! (If you want more exercise ideas , check out this post!) My favorite ways to get moving: -Zumba-... »MORE


Battling Junk Food in High Schools

Posted by: Mariah Kate Geiger May 15, 2012

Hey guys!  (Sorry it has been a while, I was busy finishing up my first year of college!)  I just wanted to direct your attention the way of this CNN post on how California school... »MORE


Minnesota's Very Own Farm to School Documentary

Posted by: Mariah Kate Geiger April 30, 2012

Hey Guys! Twin Cities Public Television, the University of Minnesota Extension Program, and the Minnesota Department of Health recently teamed up to create a super-cool documentary about Farm to School in Minnesota.  You can hear... »MORE


Where in the world are the heftiest people?

Posted by: Mariah Kate Geiger April 21, 2012

Hey guys! I just discovered a super interesting story on obesity around the world.  Obesity has health consequences everywhere, but it is seen differently in different countries.  Check out this article from the MinnPost! By Susan... »MORE


Get Moving!

Posted by: Mariah Kate Geiger April 01, 2012

  As I formulate this blog lounging in my bed, I am thinking of everything I have left to do today.  There are the things I have to do, like reading and studying for classes... »MORE


Catalyst programming will be ending May 2012

Posted by: andyberndt March 29, 2012

It's time for us to ride off into the sunset.     Hey there! So, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Our funder, Blue Cross Blue Shield has recently changed... »MORE


Steps Set for Livestock Antibiotic Ban

Posted by: Mariah Kate Geiger March 23, 2012

Is is just me, or are all of the coolest stories in public health happening lately?  The most recent development?  A federal magistrate judge has ruled that the federal government has to follow its own... »MORE


Let's Talk About Pink Slime

Posted by: Mariah Kate Geiger March 17, 2012

Pink slime.  It sounds kind of like what they used on Nickelodeon back in the day, but cuter.   Um, it is not. Pink slime is actually ammonia-treated fatty beef trimmings.  It is used as... »MORE


Check out the New Infographic from Just Label It

Posted by: Mariah Kate Geiger March 08, 2012

Hey guys!  Remember my scary blog post about GMO foods?  Well, a US campaign wants to do something about it.  Just Label It wants the FDA to label GMO foods, and they created this cool... »MORE


What's up with the Sugar Sweetened Beverage Tax?

Posted by: Mariah Kate Geiger March 01, 2012

  You may be wondering why I keep posting about campaigns against sugar sweetened beverages.  If you missed the Liquid Lies campaign, or if you want to learn more details about a policy that could... »MORE


Kick the Can!

Posted by: Mariah Kate Geiger February 15, 2012

  Hey everybody, I’d like you to meet Catalyst’s new friend, Kick the Can!  Kick the Can, which wants to give “the boot” to sugary drinks, is a nationwide home base for beverage advocacy programs. ... »MORE


On Chipotle Commercials and Cage-Free Sows

Posted by: Mariah Kate Geiger February 15, 2012

Guys, have you seen the adorable Chipotle short film about a farmer who changes his family farm into a big factory farm, but changes his mind as he looks at the ill-effects of the system?... »MORE


Eating Ramen Vs. Eating Homemade Noodles: What Happens in Your Stomach

Posted by: Colleen February 09, 2012

Researcher Stefani Bardin wanted to get an inside look at what happens in a person's digestive tract when they eat processed verses unprocessed food. So, she equipped some people's insides with cameras, fed one subject... »MORE


Learning the Politics of Food

Posted by: Mariah Kate Geiger February 03, 2012

By now, you guys all know that food isn’t as simple as farm to grocery store.  There are all kinds of forces shaping the way we eat and the way we think about food, which... »MORE


Get the Facts on Sugary Drinks

Posted by: Mariah Kate Geiger January 29, 2012

Our partner, Life's Sweeter, an effort out of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, just released a new PSA about the dangers of sugar-sweetened beverages.   Life's Sweeter aims to reduce consumption of... »MORE


Big Changes Coming to a Cafeteria near You!

Posted by: Mariah Kate Geiger January 26, 2012

HUGE news, friends!  The new federal guidelines for school lunches have been released.  This change is the first revamp of our government’s school lunch (and breakfast!) program in 15 years.  This is important because 32... »MORE


Gardens, Biking, Veggies and More: Activate: U Mini-Grants Get to Work!

Posted by: Colleen January 20, 2012

Thanks to Catalyst’s Activate: U Mini-Grants, nine schools and community groups have been busy implementing initiatives to make their worlds healthier. We awarded the mini-grants of $1000 late last year, and are beginning to see... »MORE


Go Grocery Shopping!

Posted by: Mariah Kate Geiger January 19, 2012

Hey guys! I know I am always talking about taking initiatives for your health, eating well, and talking to others about why healthy food is important to you.  But the truth is I don’t always... »MORE