oliver: ‘teach every child about food.’

I couldn’t agree with Mr. Oliver more, & I love that his passion for food & health is so apparent. I’d love to implement some sort of food-related unit when I’m a teacher. The way we eat in the developed world is causing needless death and shortening the lives of the next generation of kids. Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, W. Va., Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food. One of his goals? That all students know how to cook 10 healthy meals by the time they leave school. Think of the profound, landslide effect this relatively small change could have.

I found this video both deeply worrisome & profoundly inspiring; what do you think? To help promote Jamie’s cause, sign the petition here. He’s bringing it with him to the White House in order to push food education as an important component of health care reform. Given that diet-related diseases are the hugest killer in the U.S., I think his goal is of paramount importance. xo, m

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7 thoughts on “oliver: ‘teach every child about food.’

    • Yes. I’m not sure if you’re saying that in contrast to Mr Oliver’s point, which is essentially that education systems need to evolve in order to confront challenges. Bad health and obesity are huge challenges facing America and other countries. Educating kids about nutrition and incorporating good food into the school day will help children lead better, happier, more productive lives.
      Also, current curriculum COULD incorporate food education. It doesn’t require an entire revamping of the current education system. And parents can be an equal, if more significant, force for change with regard to their children’s health.

  1. Molly, I love this! This is truly what I want to achieve with my culinary program…teach children to eat and serve better food in the nations schools. Awesome video find…I may steal it at some point :)

    • Awesome, thanks for posting & sharing the video w/ me originally (I should’ve given you a shout out of sorts!). I’m going to include a link in the post to sign the petition.

  2. In ol’ precious Norway, our middle school (equivalent) kids had cooking classes every week. It taught students the value of quality, “slow” food, and it showed students the practical applications of math, reading, and working with others. Loved it, loved it, loved it.

    But it’s expensive.

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