I don’t watch TV often but last Friday night, I did find a show that was worth watching! Jamie Oliver’s thought-provoking series, “Food Revolution”, has now hit the air. And it is proving to be a success nationwide.
Oliver is here to start a healthy revolution. This could be the catalyst that our Nation urgently needs to create a major shift in our children’s health. He hopes to start a chain reaction of positive healthy change across the country. He has already transformed the British school food program.
Our children are currently not eating real food and will face major health issues in their 30’s if things do not change. Currently, it is estimated that one out of every three children in the United States is obese! This is the first generation of children who are expected to live a shorter life than their parents.
In the 6-part series, Oliver heads to Huntington, West Virginia, statistically the most overweight city in America, to change the city’s eating habits. He starts with what kids are being fed in elementary schools, which includes pizza for breakfast and chicken nuggets galore. Unbelievable!
At one point during the first episode, Oliver holds up tomatoes and asks the children know what they are. Not one response. Not one child recognizes a potato or knows it as the source of French fries. Wow.
He faces major resistance from the adults in the town who do not believe they need to make changes. Change of any kind is usually met with resistance, so this is not a surprise.
By the end of the episode, Jamie has made progress in educating and changing some behaviors and habits. But he has some hard work ahead of him!
I highly recommend tuning in on Friday nights at 9pm to watch “Food Revolution”. If you have children, watch it with them as well. Or you can watch online at any time!