On May 15th, we celebrate Food Revolution Day.  Thanks to British chef Jamie Oliver, May 15th is now a global day of action to put food education back on the school curriculum.  Jamie is a firm believer that by educating children about food in a fun and engaging way, we can equip them with the basic skills they need to lead healthier, happier lives. Jamie’s U.S. initiative centers around raising awareness of the critical importance of food education in schools across our country.  The goal is to make food education available to every child in every school in America.

Studies show that:

  • The more children learn about food and nutrition, the more likely they are to eat fruit and vegetables.
  • The more children cook and prepare fresh food from scratch, the more likely they are to appreciate healthier and more varied ingredients.
  • The more children plant and harvest fruit and vegetables, the more motivated they’ll be to eat them also.

As Jamie states, “we’re facing a global obesity epidemic, with 42 million children under the age of five either overweight or obese across the world.  The bottom line is the next generation will live shorter lives than their parents if nothing is done to rectify these alarming stats.”

Your help is urgently needed to make a real difference in our children’s lives.    Schools, together with local communities and families, need to be at the heart of food education, to teach children about food, where it comes from and how it affects our bodies and therefore, to put the tools of prevention in the hands of children themselves

To sign Jamie’s petition and for additional information, please go to:  “https://www.change.org/p/jamie-oliver-needs-your-help-fighting-for-food-education-foodrevolutionday”.

 

Sources:

http://www.foodday.org/food_education?utm_campaign=frd_may5&utm_medium=email&utm_source=foodday

Photo:

http://thechalkboardmag.com/jamie-oliver-on-cooking-the-revolutionary-way-a-brit-tastic-giveaway