Feeding Kids—One Step at a Time

This is a guest post by Hope Green. She is 9-years-old and in 4th grade. Her hobbies are DIY/crafting, Suzuki piano, song-writing, and writing fiction. 

The UNICEF Kid Power Band is technically a “fit bit” for kids. It’s a pedometer that tracks your steps, tells the time, and turns exercise into “lifesaving nutrition that UNICEF delivers to severely malnourished children around the world.” When you sync your band to your smartphone, it tells you where you are in your “mission” to feed undernourished kids, and how many  power points you have:

I love how the band is designed and how the app is designed. I sync my band every night to look at missions and how many packets I got in the day. Here’s what it looks like:

I like how when i forget to sync it some nights that when I sync it days later it syncs all the points I got from when I didn’t sync it days before.

If I could change anything with with the Kid Power Band I would make the battery last longer, so  I wouldn’t have to charge  so much. If I could change anything else with the Kid Power Band I’d  add to the watch for it to show how many kids you’ve fed. I love syncing the band and seeing how many points I got at the end of the day. I also like to get 10 to unlock missions and packets. Even though my legs hurt I’m eager to help kids in need.

I like how the app is designed that even if you have a small phone, you can download it and watch missions with special guests helping. Many celebrities like to help the children and UNICEF like Laura Marano, George Clooney, Madonna, Bridget Mendler, and Selena Gomez. Selena Gomez is the youngest UNICEF Ambassador.

Becoming healthy by walking, is for such a great cause. I also like that they go all the way to help kids in other countries just to save lives.

Food Media Literacy Course

New course elective offered Fall 2017 semester in the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University.  Description: Food literacy requires much more than accruing facts or deciphering nutrition labels. Humans must actively engage across a wide variety of communication contexts and media platforms. Students in this course will develop and apply food media literacy skills to analyze, evaluate, create, and circulate knowledge about the histories, cultures, economies, and politics of food in the United States. Students will demonstrate their understanding of media languages, messages, audiences, and ownership through individualized and cross-platform media productions.

CMDA 320 Transmedia Storytelling is a recommended (although not mandatory) pre-requisite.

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Top Reason Why People Die Early, In Each Country

The 3-minute video below is an interesting conversation-starter about causes of death, by country. Not only does it call attention to the diverse cultural values and threats, but it also scientifically and mathematically suggests that where you are born on the planet is truly a life and death matter. It also sparks discussion about global health and social justice.