In eleven days time, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day 2015 will kick off all over the world. It is a cause close to my heart because I am a proud Ambassador for Food Revolution Day and I am a parent to three young kids. With their mum being a Dietitian, our kids have grown up learning how to make healthy food choices and why an active lifestyle is important. The thing is, not everyone has access to this kind of hands on practical education at home or even at school. This is evident in the current global obesity epidemic with 42 million children under the age of five either overweight or obese. As a Dietitian I find these statistics staggering and that is why next week on the 15th May, I will be side by side with the children at Deanmore Primary School helping them prepare a Squished Sandwich, Jamie Oliver style with millions of other kids around the world. Jamie Oliver is doing everything he can to make a difference to the health of our children through food. With his trademark passion he is encouraging us all to support his mission through signing a petition to get some action in governments around the world and I am right behind him. His letter galvanizing our action is below.
“Hi guys, Jamie here I urgently need your help to make a real difference. We’re currently facing a global obesity epidemic, with 42 million children under the age of five either overweight or obese across the world. The bottom line is the next generation will live shorter lives than their parents if nothing is done to rectify these alarming stats. So I’m asking that you do two simple things – first, please sign this petition to show your support for compulsory practical food education in schools across the world, then, most importantly, share it via your social networks. It;s essential that we arm future generations with the life skills they urgently need in order to lead healthier, happier, more productive lives. I passionately believe this is every child’s human right and I hope you agree. If you can help me get millions of people to sign this petition, we can create a movement powerful enough to force all G20 governments to take action. Food education will make a difference to the lives of the next generations, so please help. I can’t do it without you. Sign it, share it and let’s inspire governments to do the right thing. Big love Jamie Oliver x “
For more information on Food Revolution Day go to www.foodrevolutionday.com I would love each and every one of you to join me. What are you waiting for? Sign it. Share it.