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Re: “Bill for healthy food stamp purchases approved in committee

There are quite a few things we can do to lower the obesity rate and improve the health status of Arkansans, that we'd love to see happen. Unfortunately, this bill isn't one of them. First, provide nutrition education in schools-to all, not just low income students. Obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes aren't limited to low income families. Second, incentivize retailers to locate in food deserts and work with convenience stores to provide fresh food. Third, teach consumers how to shop and use that food (like the Cooking Matters and Cooking Matters @Store programs we have). Doesn't help to have it if you don't know how to use it. Fourth, make healthy choices more affordable. Calories are cheap. And, fifth, let's remember that there are many Arkansans living in homes with no stoves, no running water. Throwing some carrots in a pan isn't an option for everyone.
We support improved access to healthy foods, We support more equitable access to healthy foods. We work hard to move the needle on hunger and obesity and related diseases. Unfortunately, this bill does neither.
Finally, FYI, Rep. Bentley and I worked on an interim study together on farm-to-school, food waste, summer feeding, and more. I'm all about crossing party lines on good legislation.

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Posted by Kathy Webb on 01/17/2017 at 2:07 PM

Re: “R.I.P. Miller Williams (1930-2015)

That photo was taken, I believe, the night Miller was awarded the Porter Prize at the Governor's Mansion. The date was October 21 (remembered because that's how I celebrated my birthday that year). We-the relatives-had three tables and a grand family reunion. He will be greatly missed.

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Posted by Kathy Webb on 01/02/2015 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Entergy donates $5 million to climate change efforts

I met Mr Leonard first in DC at a White House Energy Summit. Over the last few years, I have often quoted what he said that day: if we don't do something about climate change, we risk the likelihood of seeing many species become extinct. And one of those species is man.
He also spoke at the Clinton School a few years ago. His strong voice of reason will be missed.

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Posted by Kathy Webb on 01/25/2013 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Mark Darr: He's sick of "green" (environment, that is)

I hope everyone read the op-ed piece in the DemGaz a couple of weeks ago by James Hansen. This noted scientist certainly knows more about climate change than our Lt. Gov, with all due respect. At a conference in Chicago listening to some big companies talk about zero waste, keeping stuff out of landfills, etc. the smart companies, like Wal-Mart, know "green" makes sense. And it was the CEO of Entergy who said if we don't do something now, one of the species that might become extinct is us.

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Posted by Kathy Webb on 08/28/2012 at 6:52 PM


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