Food Industry in Europe Engaging in Familiar PR on Marketing to Kids


Michele Simon

I just returned from a 2-day meeting in Brussels. I was asked to participate with other experts from around the world (mostly from Europe) to address the problem of cross-border marketing of unhealthy food to children. In the age of satellite TV, the Internet, and other technologies, one country's standards may be insufficient to protect children from being exposed to junk food marketing.

With Students Leading the Way, Toronto Says No To Video Ads in Schools


Josh Golin

Great news! Last night, the Toronto District School Board rejected a proposal to install digital monitors in more than 70 area high schools. The monitors would have been used for news and school announcements and to showcase student projects. The catch? Thirty-percent of the air time – or two hours a day – would have been reserved for ads.

Go Screen-Free with CCFC: April 18-24, 2011

Screen-Free Week 2011

We've got some exciting news.  CCFC is now the official new home of Screen-Free Week (formerly TV-Turnoff), the annual celebration where millions of people turn off television and turn on the world around them.  What would you and your family do with an extra 20, 30, or even 50 hours a week?  Find out during CCFC's inaugural Screen-Free Week on April 18-24, 2011!

Happy Meal Makeover: How a Healthy Food Coalition Defeated a Fast Food Icon


Michele Simon

On election day, while most of the nation was distracted with the mid-term election, another vote was taking place in San Francisco City Hall. The Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance to place limits—based on specific nutrition criteria—on how toys are marketed by restaurants in the city and county of San Francisco.


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