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December 2011

Top 10 consumer stories of 2011

By Rita R. Robison In the three plus years I’ve been writing consumer blogs, I complained about how consumer news isn’t covered at all in the top news stories of the year. While, again, there weren’t many stories on leading consumer stories of the year, with “Consumer Protection Made Big... Read more →


Winning videos show how kids, adults can add more fruits, vegetables to their diets

By Rita R. Robison The winners of the MyPlate Fruits and Veggies Video Challenge show consumers of all ages innovative ways to "make half your plate fruits and vegetables." Tips for Kids 1st Place: On the Go Snack Boxes – You can have a healthy option by creating easy to... Read more →


Where’s the outrage about top American visionary Steve Jobs dying from cancer?

By Rita R. Robison Baby boomer Steve Jobs, Apple Inc. co-founder, died Oct. 5 of pancreatic cancer. He was 56. In hundreds of articles and posts, Jobs was lauded for his leadership at Apple and Pixar and for his innovative ideas and sense of design. A few articles described pancreatic... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Build-a-Bear Colorful Hearts Teddy Bears due to choking hazard

By Rita R. Robison Build-a-Bear is recalling Colorful Hearts Teddy Bears, about 284,000 in the United States and 13,200 in Canada. The teddy bear’s eyes could loosen and fall out, posing a choking hazard to children. No injuries have been reported. The Colorful Hearts Teddy is a stuffed animal about... Read more →


What were your best and worst consumer experiences this week?

By Rita R. Robison Which consumer happenings cheered you this week and which ones made you want to scream or weep? Here are my best and worst consumer experiences this week: My best: A good price on Christmas gifts from the Gap I’ve been using guest posts from dealnews.com on... Read more →


Federal agency launches SuperTracker to help consumers make healthy food, exercise choices

By Rita R. Robison Just in time to help Americans follow through with their New Year's resolutions, SuperTracker, a new web tool, is being launched to assist consumers as they make changes in their life to reduce their risk of chronic disease and maintain a healthy weight. "Overcoming the health... Read more →