On behalf of the Children's Health Program, I am respectfully declining to participate in your new program, "Healthy
Mothers, Healthy Babies" project. While the goal of our program is certainly to foster the growth of both mothers and
their babies through a variety of activities, we are concerned for several reasons about your poster campaign.
Primarily the posters, while colorful and artistically conceived, bear little resemblance to the day-to-day lives of our
families so that the message gets lost in the fantasy. But an even worse outcome of the poster is making mothers feel inadequate
and unable to meet someone's idealized version of what they should be.
Secondly in examining the foods displayed in the antique carriage, there is an even crueler message; the foods represented
there are gourmet items; they are not foods affordable for most of our families. Again, the message that would be conveyed
to these families is unless I can give my family these items, I cannot be a successful parent. Given the economic situation
of so many families today, this is an insult.
I trust that we will not be alone in bringing these observations to your attention. We remain committed to your goals and
would be happy to share with you some of the nutritional graphics developed in our nutrition education programs. But we cannot
subject our participants to any messages which imply that their often valiant efforts to provide food and shelter to their
families are not respected and honored.