Today is chef Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day, and I just want to highlight the importance of creating your own Food Revolution where you live by making an effort to be aware of how the choices you make in the food you eat impacts your children’s health, your own health, and that of your community.
Our health and view of food has hit an all-time low, and it’s up to us – the individuals in our communities – to make positive changes wherever we can. This is not only important for us but for those who come after us, our children, and their children, and so on.
Here are some sobering statistics about the state of our children’s health:
- In the last 30 years childhood obesity has more than tripled!
- Approximately12.5 million children and adolescents are obese.
- 25.8 million children & adults in the U.S. —8.3% of the population—have diabetes.
- In a classroom of 30 students 1 to 3 children have ADHD.
- 1 in 88 children is autistic.
- Studies show nutrition makes a difference of over 20 IQ points—which is the difference between below average and average intelligence, and exceptionally bright.
How I’m spreading the word
Besides my work for clients in writing and health coaching, blogging, and posting information on social networks, I do local work too. Over the years I’ve organized various events and gatherings to encourage people to support their local sustainable food system and why this is so important.
This week I prepared and gave 2 Weston A. Price/Nourishing Our Children-style presentations to the 4th and 5th grade classes at a local school in my city – Rolling Hills Charter School. I was invited to come and speak because I have a friend whose daughter attends the school.
I was delighted to visit this small, intimate school nestled on the edge of our city and meet some of the amazing students and faculty who make up this community. I’ll be returning next fall to do similar presentations to the 6th – 8th grade classes since their school year is coming to an end next week and I’ve been very busy with projects this spring.
Because of this willingness and openness of this school to hear the presentation I gave and their positive attitude toward the message I brought, I have high hopes that one of the best ways to get the message of real food across in the school environment is through charter schools, where parents have more of a say in what goes on and the environment is very different than that of most public schools. My own son attends a fantastic charter school, Sage International Charter School, and I’m going to be talking with the principal soon about doing this presentation at our school.
What can YOU do?
- Get involved in your local community and in the schools your children attend. Help spread awareness and education about the consequences of the highly-processed foods we eat that negatively affect our health. Learn about the big difference a nutrient-dense diet can make in your child’s health, attitude, growth, development, academic and physical performance, and future.
- Please sign the petition on Jamie Oliver’s site as a way to make a difference in your own community and for children everywhere.
- Get intimate with your food. Start supporting local farmer’s and food growers, and ask questions when you buy