Does just seeing Ronald McDonald put you in the mood for a burger and fries? Well, that effect is even stronger for children, who are bombarded with billions of dollars worth of food advertising brought to them by the media characters they love.
It’s the low hanging fruit in the childhood obesity epidemic. Redirect the power of advertising to promote foods to children that are lower in salt, sugar and fat. And by promote, researchers mean, use the extraordinary power of media characters like Dora the Explorer and Tony the Tiger before her to deliver the message.
Hold your smartphone at arm’s length and point the camera at yourself….the term “selfie” was officially added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary this year. Now, some Roanoke and Blacksburg High School art students are creating another kind of selfie; one that could influence their health habits in years to come.
Genetically Engineered food has become a hot button in this country. Supporters say cross breeding plants is as old as farming itself. Opponents fear today’s high tech methods have created something that may be dangerous in the long run.
A comment period by USDA ended last week, as scientists and activists continue the debate over the idea of genetically modified crops.