Fact: More than 68% of American adults overweight*
Fact: Obesity accounts for nearly 10% of US healthcare spending (approximately $147 billion dollars annually).*
Fact: Today’s generation of children are predicted to be the first which will die at a younger age than their parents.*
Before you or your friend/parent/child pick up their next chicken nugget or bottle of chocolate milk, these are the things that should be sticking out in our minds.
Jamie Oliver, celebrity chef/activist, has taken his school lunch program from the streets of London to the suburbs of West Virginia. After hearing that the area of Huntington, WV was the country’s most unhealthy city, he decided to bring his experience to teach students, families and workers about healthy cooking and change the way people are consuming food.
During Jamie’s time in Huntington, WV, he struggled with changing the ideals of parents, children, school cooks and administrators, who were used to the way things were. Schools were giving young children frozen/processed food that are made with unknown ingredients. He began teaching the cooks to make the meals from scratch so that kids knew how their food was being made.
There was various push back from members of the community, who initially could not understand why a British man was trying to change the way a small US town lives. Eventually, his hard work began to pay off. He created a kitchen in town, which is where people can go to get free cooking lessons. He visited the majority of schools in the community to help educate the school cooks, students and teachers to how they can be involved with creating change.
Food Revolution was only a dent in the process for change amongst this country. Every child deserves the opportunity to choose what they eat. The sooner they learn that there are choices, it is more likely that they will choose what is healthier.
We can all do our part in our area. Learn different ways to take action in your community. If you want to take it to your kitchen, Jamie has a list of simple recipes you can cook yourself or with your friends/family.
Now it’s your turn – learn more about Jamie Oliver and the FOOD REVOLUTION at his website: www.jamieoliver.com. Sign his petition so he can bring this revolution to your area!