Nov 182012

By Dana Guthrie (Beaumont Enterprise) A mom who posted a photo of her 18-month-old daughter breastfeeding on Facebook is planning to flood the social media site with similar photos over the next 72 hours.

Gina Crosley-Corcoran of claims on her website that Facebook deleted her photo and suspended her account for three days after she posted the photo.

“The photo broke NONE of the facebook rules for photo-sharing, yet it was deleted and I was punished anyay,” she said in her blog. “This happens all the time.”

Michele Zipp of The Stir highlighted Crosley-Corcoran’s blog, encouraging other women to post their own breastfeeding photos on Facebook starting at 10 a.m. Friday.

This is just wrong,” she said. “Let’s roar loudly so Facebook hears and makes some very needed changes and not just removes a photo because someone reported it…for no good reason, and that doesn’t even violate any rules.”

via You’re about to see a lot of breastfeeding photos on Facebook – Beaumont Enterprise.

 November 18, 2012  Posted by at 8:30 am Comments Off
Nov 152012

By Claudia Meléndez Salinas (Herald) A former teacher at the Carmelo School has filed a lawsuit against the school and the Carmel Unified School District for discrimination and wrongful termination for the school’s failure to accommodate her needs as a new mother.

In the lawsuit filed Oct. 30, Sarah Ann Lewis Boyle of Pacific Grove said her troubles with the Child Development Center began in September 2011. Boyle was due to come back to work on Oct. 3, 2011, and she told manager Laura Dunn she would need about 15 minutes between 9 and 11 a.m. every day to pump her breasts. Dunn reportedly told Boyle to start “training my breast not to make milk between the hours of 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.” so that she would not need to pump.

via Ex-Carmel teacher claims discrimination over breast feeding in lawsuit – :.

 November 15, 2012  Posted by at 5:23 am Comments Off
May 102012

By Sarah Kliff  (Washington Post) California’s strict school nutrition standards — soda bans, low calorie foods in cafeterias and limits on fat content — appear to have had a significant impact on what teens there eat.

A study of about 700 teenagers, published this week in the Archives of Pediatric Medicine, found California teens to be consuming 158 fewer, daily calories than comparable high school students in other states. Keep in mind, that counts all the food eaten outside of school, indicating that California teens aren’t loading up on junk food after heading home.

via Have California schools cracked the code on obesity? – The Washington Post.

 May 10, 2012  Posted by at 6:50 am Comments Off
Mar 142012

By Robin Wauters (TheNextWeb) This morning, word got out in Belgian media that SABAM (the Belgian collecting society for music royalties) is spending time and resources to contact local libraries across the nation, warning them that they will start charging fees because the libraries engage volunteers to read books to kids.

The De Morgen reporter then contacted SABAM (probably to check if this wasn’t an elaborate hoax or some grave error in judgment) and received a formal statement from the organization asserting that, indeed, public libraries need to pay up for the right to – once again – READ BOOKS TO KIDS.

via Rightsholders Group to Charge Libraries for Reading Books to Kids.

 March 14, 2012  Posted by at 8:55 pm Comments Off
Mar 012012

By Marni Jameson (Orlando Sentinel) Epcot’s new Habit Heroes attraction, which tackles childhood obesity, has landed in big fat trouble.

Shortly after its unofficial opening last month, the interactive exhibit was blasted by critics for stigmatizing fat kids. Now, Disney has closed the Innoventions exhibit for “retooling.”

The official opening date of March 5 has been postponed indefinitely, according to officials from Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The health insurer partnered with Disney to create the exhibit, which takes visitors through a series of interactive experiences to fight bad habits.

“Habit Heroes is currently in a soft-opening period, which gives us a chance to collect guest feedback and test and adjust the attraction prior to its opening,” said John W. Herbkersman, spokesman for Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

And feedback they got.

“We’re appalled to learn that Disney, a traditional hallmark of childhood happiness and joy, has fallen under the shadow of negativity and discrimination,” came a heated response from the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance.

via Disney Habit Heroes closes: Disney’s Epcot exhibit Habit Heroes closes –

 March 1, 2012  Posted by at 10:15 am Comments Off