Food Stories for Enhance Magazine

Kansas City Enhance was a beautiful magazine that is sadly now defunct. Thank goodness their content is still available online. I wrote feature articles and acted as food editor, hiring and providing direction to writers, and working with local chefs who provided recipes.

Inaugural Food Section, 2010

How My Family Started Eating Better,  2010

Splurge: Bacon from Schenker Farms, 2010

Apples, Broccoli, Carrots: The ABCs Come from the Farm, 2009

Local Flavors: Kansas City’s Sustainable Food Movement Is Good for Your Body and Soul, 2009


Video for Powerful Storytelling

Wow, video sure has come front and center in the last few years. It’s fun to produce despite the challenges (so many people, places and props involved!), but the final product, when beautifully shot and carefully edited, is oh so rewarding.

A Visit to Stony Crest Urban Farm for the Farm to School Academy

Stony Crest Farm Still


Speak Out for Healthy Kids for the I Am Here Awards

Speak Out for Healthy Kids Still


Kids Draw a Brighter Future for the 2015 I Am Here Awards

Reshaping our Schools Still

KC Healthy Kids Celebrates 10 Years and 10-Year-Olds

With the celebration of KC Healthy Kids’ 10 year anniversary, I’ve been thinking about kids who are the same age. These pieces celebrate the work we’re doing and why it matters.

10 Year Anniversary Book


Anniversary Book Single Page View 3

Maya & Ella
I provided editorial direction and cowrote this with a contract writer. We took them on adventures each month to show how health disparities vary from neighborhood to neighborhood, even if they’re only a few miles apart!

Chapter 1: In which the park is so close and yet so very far away.

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Healthier Choices for Kids: School Nutrition Guides

In 2008 I wrote and produced this series of nutrition guides for KC Healthy Kids and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City:


Exploring New Flavors: How to Shape Kids’ Food Preferences at Home and at School explains how teachers, school staff and parents can help kids learn to enjoy healthy “new” foods at home, in the classroom and in the cafeteria. This guide features Kiersten Firquain, who implemented the first Farm to Cafeteria program in Kansas City, plus resources and how-tos for helping students develop new food preferences.




Healthy Alternatives for School Celebrations, Rewards, Fundraisers and Snacks helps parents, school staff, and students put a healthy spin on school celebrations, rewards, fundraisers and snacks. The guide explores low-cost options, good-better-best choices, tips for easy preparation, recipes, and cross-cultural concepts.



Marketing Healthy Choices in the School Cafeteria was created for food service directors and managers who want to increase revenue while serving healthy foods.


The grant also included funding for this colorful place mat (shown front and back), which was created to encourage kids ages 2-5 eat their colors (also known as vitamins!) and get moving.

Special thanks to Liz Nord for designing the guides, and to Brian Grubb for designing and illustrating the place mat!

Cutie Coconut

Coconut is a licensed character from American Girl, and these were the first gift products Hallmark produced for Coconut. I was thrilled to serve as editorial director for the team charged with creating product for preteen girls. (Even when Hallmark gift product isn’t editorially intensive, editors are still very involved, keeping strategy, consumer need and end use in the forefront of the creative process.)

To get started, the art director and I led an idea-generation workshop for 15-20 designers from across the company. From an amazing list of innovative ideas, we developed the following products, basing our choices on cost requirements and audience appeal:

Blogging (and more!) for Kids’ Health

I work for two groups that promote the CDC’s coordinated school health model, which encompasses eight components:

  • Health Services
  • Nutrition Services
  • Physical Education
  • Health Education
  • Counseling, Psychological and Social Services
  • Healthy School Environment
  • Health Promotion for Staff
  • Family and Community Involvement

The Missouri Coordinated School Health Coalition and the American School Health Association support schools and school health professionals in helping students get and stay healthy so they can do their best in school.

For both organizations, I manage their blogs, email marketing, and online communities. I also provide other editorial services as needed, including press releases, conference materials, brochures, white papers and more.

Read some posts: 

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ASHA Helps Create National Sexuality Education Standards

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