food revolution day is a global initiative, a day of action, for people to make a stand for good food and essential cooking skills that can help them live healthier lives. this day is one component of the larger food revolution momentum spearheaded by chef jamie oliver. food revolution is his project to get america to change the way we eat. why the united states? because obesity, especially childhood obesity, is a war americans are losing and not enough is being done to stop it and reverse the trend.
a few scary facts (from the food revolution website):
- elementary kids in the united states get on average 3.4 hours of food education each year
- one in three children is obese or overweight
- currently, obesity in the united states costs $10,273,973 per hour ($147b annually)
- severe obesity can shorten your life expectancy by 10 years
if those few bullets don't startle some movement in you, let me know, and i'll personally find you more reasons to care and get involved!
i love the idea of a food revolution because it's a stand for real food and for better food education - two components that i firmly believe make up a healthier lifestyle.
there are a ton of ways you can get involved with food revolution day, like hosting your own activity, or finding one to participate in (check out these awesome downloads, too). but you don't have to participate in an organized group activity to take part in the day. i think part of this food revolution starts small, with the direct connections you have, and ripples out from there. here are a few thought starters to get the ideas flowing:
- spend an hour of your day learning new, healthier cooking techniques (education has to start somewhere!)
- teach what you've learned to your kids, your partner, your roomie, your family, whoever (just get them involved!)
- at your next pot luck, make a healthier recipe and include recipe cards for the dish, or, invite friends over for dinner (ask them to bring one ingredient for a meal) and figure out how to make a healthy dish out of it together
- arrange a tour of a farmer's market for your family or a group of friends (i love this idea as suggested on the food revolution site)
food education doesn't have to be an hour long powerpoint you force yourself or others to sit through. food is fun! food is interactive! go out there and do something with it!
so, the real question is: are you going to do something to participate in food revolution day?? sharing the word about the day is a great first step! ;)