Posts Tagged ‘public relations’

Can Novo Nordisk Dodge a Senate Subpoena on Pricing?

June 12, 2024 — Senator Bernie Sanders doesn’t want to let this go. Novo Nordisk isn’t eager to cut its thousand-dollar list price for Ozempic. Nor is it eager to face a grilling about this in the Senate. So yesterday, Sanders announced that the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee will vote next Tuesday on a subpoena for […]

The Health and Wealth Toll of Toxic Beauty Standards

October 5, 2022 — Toxic beauty standards are costly – both in terms of health and wealth. This message resonates from a new report funded by the Dove Beauty Bar brand and published jointly with the STRIPED project at the Harvard School of Public Health. This report details the cost of unrealistic beauty standards exploited by a beauty industry […]

Taking the Mic to Destigmatize Obesity

October 8, 2021 — With great gifts come great responsibilities. It doesn’t really matter whether you get this message from biblical sources or Spiderman. The imperative is there. If you have a big platform, you better use it to serve a purpose bigger than yourself. It looks like Queen Latifah and Novo Nordisk might be using their platforms to […]

Panera Wants FDA to Crack Down on Eggs

January 28, 2018 — Panera want you to know that they will sell you a better egg sandwich than anyone else. This is a natural extension of their smug advertising that tells us they sell “food as it should be.” So now, they’d like a little help from FDA. They want the agency to crack down on fast food […]

Try Not to Have a Stroke About Sweeteners

April 21, 2017 — “That stuff can’t be good for you.” Diet soda is a fizzy elixir that people love to hate. And so this week, we have yet another round of studies and pseudo-scientific PR pitching “links” as evidence of cause and effect. The scare theme this week is artificial sweeteners will give you a stroke. The Study […]

A Sticky Mess of Mindless Media-Savvy Research

March 4, 2017 — It started with a blog post. Brian Wansink wrote an entry for his blog and called it “The Grad Student Who Never Said No.” It quickly turned into a sticky mess. The essay described an unpaid grad student from Turkey with energy and enthusiasm for exploring data in Wansink’s lab. Wansink is famous for clever research […]

Banning Obesity in Worship?

October 21, 2016 — A rather confused story about banning obesity in worship came out of Oregon recently. The New Creation Church of Hillsboro attracted attention to its Worship Team Guidelines, which seemed to ban people with obesity from leading worship: No Excessive weight. Weight is something that many people have to deal with. Make sure that you are taking […]

This Is Not the Way to Burn Calories

August 20, 2016 — Oops. McDonald’s has been giving out free activity trackers to encourage kids to burn calories. In return, the company received more attention for burned skin than burned calories. McDonald’s swiftly removed the trackers from its Happy Meals when photos of burned wrists started going viral on the internet tubes. We’re going to miss those adorable Step-It activity […]

Krispy Kreme Name to Be Struck from Children’s Clinic

April 28, 2016 — We should have known it wouldn’t last. The powers that be at UNC are apparently yielding to outside agitators who don’t understand the logic of putting Krispy Kreme into the name of their children’s specialty clinic. No more “Krispy Kreme Challenge Children’s Clinic.” In a UNC faculty meeting last week, the university announced that the new […]

PR, Research, and Transparency

September 2, 2015 — PR, research, and transparency keep crashing together with unpredictable results. One outcome is an ample supply of indignation, but a relative trickle of pragmatic critical thinking. The indignation comes from activists certain that nothing good could ever come from Big Food. Indignation also comes from folks from within Big Food who find themselves under siege by activists who are aided by […]