“If a child comes to school hungry, the best school in the world won’t help.” ~Arthur Ashe
Years ago, on a block in New York City where I then lived, I saw a child come out of a store one morning before school with a bag of potato chips and a bottle of fluorescently colored drink. No doubt in my mind — this was breakfast. How frustrating, when you consider that the same dollar or so that bought this nutritionally bankrupt “meal” could have gone for a bowl of oatmeal, orange juice and a slice of toast at home.” Part of our job description as parents entails nutritional expertise. It’s not enough to stuff our child’s stomach; those calories have to count for something.
AFFIRMATION: On this day, I will take time to assess my child’s diet and make changes that will make it a more healthful diet.
“Black Pearls for Parents” Eric V Copage
He’s a chef, author, restaurateur and TV personality who has launched a food revolution, bringing healthier eating to communities, schools and homes across America and his native U.K.
Now Jamie Oliver has created Food Revolution Day, “a global day of action for people to think about where their food comes from and get back into their kitchens,” that will take place May 17.
Stand up for Real Food: Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution
Today is food revolution day!
I think most of us are aware that Americans (and people in many other parts of the world too) consume way too much processed, fast food and not enough natural, home-cooked meals. But then why are statistics like the ones above still SO shocking? 1 in 4 Americans visits a fast food restaurant daily?! REALLY? Let’s try to change that!
Click the image to read even more facts about fast food, food education and obesity. Then, head over to Jamie’s site to find out what you can do to participate in Food Revolution Day today.
Educate yourselves and educate others. Show people that eating healthier, whole foods is an investment in their health. (People with healthy diets spend $1429 less per year on health care and medication.) Show them that making healthy meals at home is a lot easier than they might think. Spread the word and start a food revolution!
[image via Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution]
Food skills are among the most valuable life skills you can ever learn. Let’s bring the power of food skills to life on Food Revolution Day. Every child should learn about food, where it comes from and how it affects their bodies. And everyone should be able to learn lost or forgotten food skills whether at home, at school, in the community or workplace. Together we can keep cooking skills alive #FRD2013
As Americans, we are under attack from our own eating and lifestyle habits. If one statistic could explain succinctly what is at stake, it would be the following:
Obesity-related illness treatments cost an estimated $190.2 billion annually, which is 21% of annual medical spending in the US.
This number is predicted to increase, and not by a small amount. We are literally eating ourselves into an early, and very financially bankrupt, death.
This Saturday, I am hosting a special NYC Chinatown Dumpling Tour through Gidsy to support Food Revolution Day. This program led by Jamie Oliver hopes to change food culture and health attitudes by helping schools better educate youth. Like the campaign against smoking, targeting the young is the best way to change the future health outcomes before it is too late.
How can you support this effort? Sign up for my tour as the proceeds go towards those school programs. Plus, you get to enjoy the best dumplings around, learn a bit about Chinatown, and have an invigorating walk through the neighborhood!
Do you believe it’s important that our food system needs to change to promote natural food?
Get involved in the Food Revolution Day on 24th October - it’s a chance for people who love REAL food to come together to share information; to pass on their knowledge and highlight the world’s food issues.
All around the globe, people will be working together to show our governments that the food system needs to change.
Food Revolution Day is about connecting with your community through events at schools, restaurants, local businesses, dinner parties and farmers’ markets. The aim is to inspire change in people’s food habits and to promote the mission for better food in our shops and detailed food education for everyone.
Here are some interesting facts about our current food & education systems:
To get involved in the Food Revolution Day in your area visit: