So this happened yesterday…
Around 1p yesterday, I got a call for an interview on CNN International at 3:40p. The interview was to cover the new food label changes and new CDC data on childhood obesity that boasts some very high numbers. Both big news in the food and nutrition world.
It was my first time doing an interview with a remote anchor. She was in London which is pretty cool. Unfortunately, my earpiece didn’t work very well and I couldn’t hear what she was saying. I only knew when she stopped talking and expected me to go. If I watch the tape, I wouldn’t be surprised if my answers don’t quite match the questions.
But here’s what should have come out. CDC data on declining rates of obesity among 2-5 year olds is encouraging but it’s just one piece of the pie. It’s great to see the numbers moving in the right direction but we can’t lose sight of the bigger picture. Obesity is still a major issue. One third of American adults and 17% of children are considered obese. We still have lots of work to do as educators, parents, city planners, cooks…the list goes on. It’s reassuring to see some progress in our tiniest citizens and hopefully this is a sign that the tide is turning.
As for the nutrition label… The proposed changes are long overdue. I especially look forward to the added sugars line. It will be an eye opener. And I hope a catalyst for change. The changes to serving sizes are also welcome as the label should reflect the way Americans actually eat.
While on the subject of doing interviews… I’ve done hundreds of media interviews and anticipate many more to come. I’m grateful for the opportunity and experience. When I get a new request, I still get the rush that comes with doing something new. With that comes nerves and the pressure to get it right. No matter how much I prepare, it’s never really perfect. I often leave thinking… Ugh. I forgot to say this or that. But I can’t change the past (though that would be an awesome superpower). I’ve learned to move on and use it as a learning experience. Life is not perfect.
This year I decided to let people know more about the media work I do. I’m not super comfortable with it as I oddly don’t like to put myself in the spotlight. I view my media work as service, as part of my calling as an educator.
If you’ve read this far, thanks for listening. Thanks for your support. You could have been anywhere on the internet but you’re here with me.