By Colleen Doyle, MS, RD
Have you seen all those fun and flashy commercials encouraging your kids to eat more fruits and vegetables? No? Neither have I. And there’s a reason for that.
Out of the $1.79 billion that the Federal Trade Commission says major food and beverage companies spent marketing foods and beverages to kids and teens (in 2009 – the most recent data available), less than .05% was spent marketing fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately for those of us who care about children’s health – which I hope is all of us – the majority of those dollars was spent on marketing unhealthy foods and beverages. Forty percent was spent to market fast food and other restaurant foods, and another 22% was spent promoting high-sugar sodas and other carbonated beverages.
And consider these additional statistics:
- Two BILLION advertisements for foods and drinks appeared on websites directed at kids in 2009, mostly for sugary cereals and fast food.
- Dollars spent to market foods and drinks to kids via online games, mobile apps, social network ads, and other digital media increased by 51% from 2006 to 2009.
- Companies spent $149 MILLION in 2009 to market sugary drinks and food in schools.
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By Agnes Beasley, MSN, RN, OCN
“What should I expect from chemotherapy?”
I’ve heard those very words spoken by newly diagnosed cancer patients on many occasions in my extensive oncology nursing career. It’s normal for a newly diagnosed patient to try to make sense of what is happening to them. Questions swirl like a tornado in a cancer patient’s mind. You may feel that way right now. Some of the questions you may have are:
- What can I expect on the day of chemotherapy (chemo)?
- What can I expect when I go home after chemo?
- What happens in the “chemo room?”
- How long will it take to get my chemo?
- Can I have someone with me during chemo to keep me company?
- What am I allowed to bring with me to keep me busy?
- Is it okay to sleep?
- Will there be other people getting treatment around me or can I be in a private room?
- I’m feeling anxious, overwhelmed, upset, and angry. Is what I’m feeling normal?
- If I have questions, who do I call for the answers? [more]
Oncology nurses in the chemotherapy suite get these types of questions on a daily basis. You may be thinking we’re too busy to answer your questions, but don’t worry, ask.… Continue reading →