Some experts say first lady Michelle Obama has played a significant role in changing nutrition policy and improving public health through her "Let's Move" initiative, while critics call it an example of a "nanny state" mentality and a public-relations campaign. Margo Wootan of the Center for Science in the Public Interest said while the first lady has been very visible as a spokesperson about childhood obesity, most people do not readily identify the longer-term policy changes she has helped promote.
Deborah Taylor Tate, co-chair of the Healthy MEdia Commission, along with Geena Davis, and the first United Nations International Telecommunications Union Special Envoy for Child Online Protection, is
focused on changing media image as it relates to young girls and women. The first step is a national dialogue and developing a blueprint to promote healthy and positive media images and female role models on the small and big screen. "It will take all of us to help create the next generation of leaders," writes Tate.
Technology is changing the way products are marketed to children, as companies increasingly reach young audiences through online games and other digital portals. "Our brand ideology is: Think like a mom, see like a kid," said Betsy Schumacher, chief merchandising officer at 77kids. "It made sense to us to have technology in the store that speaks to a kid's experience -- and how they play."
Ms. bloggers reflect on Geena Davis' appearance at The Paley Center for Media and commend her efforts to promote gender equality in films, particularly in family films and children's programming. "The media can powerfully affect people positively. For example, girls seeing characters playing [nontraditional] roles will be much more likely to seek unconventional occupations later in life," Davis said during the evening at the Paley Center.
Nutrition experts give a thumbs-up to first lady Michelle Obama's 1,500-calorie splurge on a burger, fries and shake this week, saying it's OK to indulge once in a while. The first lady has championed nutrition and fitness and tries to keep the first family on a healthy diet but admits they're not perfect, and registered dietitian Robyn Flipse says Michelle Obama provides a great example of how to enjoy favorite treats in moderation.