Food Revolution Day

Food Revolution Day

Today, May 19th is Food Revolution Day.  This day is the dream child of Jamie Oliver, beloved chef, food activist and parent. On this global day of food education there will be dinner parties and events taking place all over the globe to teach, eat, learn, celebrate and share healthy food.

Revolution literally means “a turnaround”, a fundamental change.  Why do we need this turnaround?  Jamie wrote recently in the Huffington Post:

According to the World Health Organization, global obesity has more than doubled since 1980 and more than tripled in children. Across the world more than 1.5 BILLION adults are overweight and of those 200 million men and 300 million women are obese. We are in big trouble.

Despite these grim statistics, and general shouting about the problem across the world, no one — not government, schools or doctors — have worked out a plan to give our children the tools to live longer, healthier, happier and more productive lives. Our kids are the first generation predicted to live shorter lives than their parents. As a father this is unacceptable to me — and should be unacceptable to you.

Food Revolution Day is an opportunity for everyone around the world to do something. The Food Revolution and Food Revolution Day is about empowering people through education or, frankly, just inspiring people to be more street-wise about food, where it comes from and how it affects their bodies. If you know how to cook you can save yourself money, feel better and live longer, and the chances are, your kids will follow suit. After all, we all kind of become our parents in the end. (Read the entire article…)

As food allergy parents, we are involved every day, in every way with the food our children eat.  More so I think than parents of children without food allergies.  Most of us spend hours reading labels in grocery stores, making every meal our children eat, combing through recipes and cooking from scratch. Inevitably, all this hard work and attention has led me to make healthier eating choices for my whole family. I’ve seen how eating healthy is possible at any age and suddenly find myself speaking out in defense of healthy food for all children.

For me, I feel this food education needs to start at home. Just like all parenting, modeling healthy habits will be the key to our children’s healthy future.  I also believe that with my daughter’s food allergies, it is of the utmost importance that she learn how to cook, shop, grow and safely handle food – her future will depend on it. And lastly, I believe that by educating others we can create a healthier environment for all of us, especially when cold season comes back around.

The Food Revolution gang has put together a great toolkit for families to start a food revolution at home. Download it here. It’s full of great ideas that all of us can do, and great reminders for keeping on track. Their website has info for schools and workplaces too.

Today we’ll be celebrating Food Revolution Day, just like any other – checking out our neighborhood farmer’s market, picking up some beautiful local produce or stopping by a local farm for organic eggs (the photo above is my son enjoying the dancing chicken show at the egg farm). We’ll cook up some healthy food together and share it with one another, and any friends that happen by. To us, it will be like most Saturdays, but it will feel good knowing that on this day people all over the world will be sharing our experience as a global movement for change.

Visit www.foodrevolutionday.com for more information and to find an event near you.

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