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8/28/2012 to 8/31/2012
When: 8/28/2012
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Post by August 31
Carnival to be published September 6

For many of us, one of life’s greatest challenges is making sure our kids eat healthy. This fall, that goal is getting a little easier because school meals are becoming healthier.

That’s right!  Because of new United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrition standards kids will be seeing more whole grains, fruits and vegetables in their school meals. Here’s a sample menu from USDA that shows how these new standards will give school lunches a makeover.

Ignite a conversation to get moms and dads talking about these positive changes--and also build momentum for future improvements to make all school foods and drinks healthier--by blogging about this topic!  Our leaders, candidates and the media need to see that improving all of the foods and drinks at school is a high priority for busy moms and dads. The Back-to-School season is the perfect time to get their attention on these issues.

*Can you participate in the MomsRising Making the School Day Healthier blog carnival by submitting a blog post? Please say you can!

Here's how to participate:

CONTENT GUIDELINES: As summer comes to a close and the school year begins, MomsRising invites you to write about what healthy meals in schools mean for your family, your community and the country by sharing stories and opinions from the personal to the political. Your blog post should focus on issues related to foods and drinks in schools, like the new USDA nutritional guidelines for meals, ideas for how to get children excited about eating healthy foods, how parents and schools are working together to improve school foods, or what further improvements are needed, like replacing junk foods and sugary drinks in vending machines and à la carte lines with healthier options.

Blog posts can be just a few paragraphs or longer, but we recommend your post be about 500 - 800 words.

MomsRising appreciates original content and we are also happy to re-post previously written content as long as you add a few sentences or a paragraph on why this post is relevant to this particular blog carnival.

HOW TO SUBMIT A POST: Please email the following to by August 31, 2012 and copy 

  • Your name and email address
  • Your headshot
  • Your Twitter handle if you have one
  • The title of your post
  • The text of your post
  • If possible, consider adding a photo or image to accompany your text with the photo’s credit. We find that photos and images help blog posts get shared around the Internet.
  • If your blog post has been published previously, please include the URL to receive credit. Also please include a few sentences about why you want to share this post for this particular blog carnival.
The more blog posts, the merrier (and the bigger the impact we’ll have overall). So in addition to submitting your own blog post, if you know anyone else who may like to participate, feel free to share this invitation with them.

TIMELINE: The blog carnival will be published on September 6, 2012. We are accepting blog posts starting now -- the earlier the better. The deadline for submitting your blog post is August 31, 2012 by 5 p.m. Pacific Time. Blog posts submitted after the August 31 deadline may be added to the blog carnival slightly later. We are happy to tweet a link to your post anytime!

MomsRising will promote your blog post, as part of our blog carnival, via Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. In addition numerous other partners will be tweeting and re-posting on their respective organizations’ blogs. We estimate that our blog and social media reach alone extends to more than 3.5 million readers. Below this email, you'll find more information on blog carnivals and how you can participate. However, even if you can't participate at this time, feel free to forward this email to friends you think might be interested.

Please let me know if you have any questions and if you will be able to participate. We are honored to have your voice as part of this effort.

Many thanks!! 

--Anita ( 

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