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Urge media companies to stop running junk food ads during children’s programming

A new CSPI report, Changing the Channels: How Big Media Helps Big Food Target Kids (and What to Do about It), found that the number of unhealthy foods and beverages advertised during children’s programming has not decreased since 2012. However, the amount of junk food advertising to kids varies widely between channels. PBS, Univision, Disney (Disney, Disney Jr., and Disney XD), and Nick Jr.

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Act today: one million kids could lose access to school meals under Trump proposal

The Trump Administration has proposed taking away Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) benefits from children, seniors, and hardworking low-income Americans. This means many children from low-income families would no longer qualify for healthy school meals. The government’s latest analysis estimates nearly one million children could lose their existing access to free and reduced-price school meals. This is in addition to the three million people who would already lose access to SNAP food assistance.

Tell Congress to fund critical nutrition initiatives

Congress must support efforts to address the risks from excessive sodium in food and facilitate transparency for consumers, allowing them to make more informed choices for themselves and their families about what they eat.

Help Stop Swine Slaughter Deregulation

Despite massive public opposition, the Trump administration's USDA is moving forward with plans to privatize and deregulate meat inspection. Not only are they privatizing work performed by USDA inspectors, they are removing caps on slaughter line speeds and pushing forward without a Salmonella testing standard in place.

Tell USDA to Prevent Misleading “No Nitrates” Claims on Processed Meat

Tell the USDA to stop requiring that processed meat be labeled as “Uncured,” and/or “No Nitrate or Nitrite Added*” when they have been processed using non-synthetic sources of added nitrate and nitrite, such as celery powder. These claims are misleading, and could be tricking consumers into believing that some processed meat is healthier, when that’s not the case.

Urge restaurants to do better for kids

Given the large role of restaurant foods in children’s diets and high customer demand for healthier options, restaurants should do more to support healthy eating by children. That includes taking sugary drinks off their kids' menus.

Tell USDA: Access the Full Range of Quality Evidence for the 2020 Dietary Guidelines

Inaccurate and conflicting messages about what to eat are pervasive, often resulting from a single, flawed study. That’s why the Dietary Guidelines synthesis of all the evidence is so important. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses that combine findings, excluding poorly conducted or biased studies, more accurately evaluate the relationships between diet and health. Urge the Dietary Guidelines for Americans Committee and USDA to allow the review of all high-quality systematic reviews, not just USDA's own.

Tell FDA not to give potassium a bad name!

Americans consume way too much sodium and not enough potassium, increasing their risk for high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attacks. Replacing some of the sodium chloride (salt) in the food supply with potassium chloride could help!

Urge USDA Not to Count Spray Cheese as a Staple Food

The Trump Administration is loosening rules for stores that accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, allowing retailers to count spray cheese and similarly unhealthy items as staple foods. Tell the U. S. Department of Agriculture that low-income families deserve to shop in stores that offer a meaningful variety of healthy staple foods.