Jamie Oliver’s cooking up a food revolution for the sake of our kids – but he needs your help.
As life – and fast-food outlets – get busier, learning the art of a home-cooked meal is no longer a childhood staple. And it’s showing on kids’ waistlines – one in four is overweight or obese, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
That’s why the UK super chef is leading the charge for compulsory practical food education in schools across the world. And tomorrow, May 15, is a huge day of action. It’s Food Revolution Day, which aims to get one million people on board a global petition in support of compulsory food classes. Oliver wants governments all over the world to commit to teaching every child how to grow and cook fresh nutritious food at school.
The petition is online at change.org, but parents can also sign it in 99 The Good Guys stores across Australia. The electronics retailer was a founding partner of Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia five years ago.
Its chairman, Andrew Muir, says Australian parents, communities and businesses need to band together to improve an education curriculum that is “derelict in its duty” when it comes to food and nutrition.
“We must stop poor nutrition at the root cause. Importantly and urgently, we need to begin a completely new nutrition curriculum and standards in primary schools,” Mr Muir says. “It does cost money and it does take time and effort to run these types of programs, but the cost and strain on our health care system in the future, and the health of individuals in general, is of far greater importance.”
The Good Guys hopes to gather more than 200,000 signatures on its in-store petitions.
“Jamie’s petition is an important first step in getting the topic of food education seriously on to the agenda,” Mr Muir says. “As a country, we should want to be the best in the world at nutrition education and we need to make a stand and inoculate future generations against diet-related disease.”
He says projects such as Ministry of Food, Stephanie Alexander’s Kitchen Garden Program and Oliver’s new Learn Your Fruit and Veg program help encourage positive, lasting changes in kids’ nutritional habits. Ministry of Food Australia alone has reached more than 19,000 people in the past five years.
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