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Extreme Makeover for Broccoli

Problem: Many of us are fat, at risk for diabetes, heart disease and cancer and, worse yet, don’t eat the very fruits and vegetables that could help prevent those chronic killer diseases.

Solution: Hype broccoli.

Problem:We are blah about broccoli.

broccoliSolution: Assign the creative geniuses behind Coca-Cola’s “Smile Back” campaign to re-brand broccoli. Could slick veggie marketing (rather than farmer’s markets) be the key to better national nutrition and improved public health?

 Read Michael Moss’s fascinating story about Broccoli’s Extreme Makeover in the New York Times Magazine.

“What can we do with the color green? Is there some packaging we could make? Is there a ritual with broccoli? If not, can we create one? Maybe we could literally change the name to something else? Or the pronunciation? It sounds American but comes from Italy. Maybe we could have some Italians pronounce it."

“Let’s pick a fight with kale.”

Then delve into Fast Food FACTS 2013, a new report by the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, for analysis of the $4.6 billion spent by the fast-food industry to advertise (mostly) unhealthy products to kids.

Visit Wellbody Academy's Cafedium and check out the Influence Decoder to see how your junk-food cravings may be driven by advertisig. 

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Guest Tuesday, 29 July 2014