Jamie Oliver’s message to all parents

Jamie Oliver’s life changes perfectly reflect my own. When he first started dishing up his ‘pukka tukka’ it was all about casual impromptu dinners for friends before heading out to see a band or a movie – just like me. Then along came his daughters and his recipes became a little quicker to prepare in a ‘grab what you’ve got’ style – just what I needed as my own family grew. As his daughters have grown, so has his focus on school lunches and children’s eating habits  – just like mine.

You may have seen Jamie Oliver’s exposé on school lunches. Personally, I have never looked at ‘chicken’ nuggets the same way again. He is now delivering his message to America. Oliver recently won the TED Prize, which awarded him $100,000 toward his ‘One Wish to Save the World’. Sharing stories from his anti-obesity project in the township of Huntington, West Virginia, Oliver makes a case for why childhood obesity should be our number one concern. His ‘One Wish’ is

“I wish for your help to create a strong, sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again and  empower people everywhere to fight obesity.”

His TED prize presentation has important messages for all parents, regardless of where they live. Visiting Sydney earlier this month, Jamie revealed he’ll soon bring his Ministry of Food cooking school, which teaches families how to cook healthy meals, to Australia.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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