Momentum Grows For Food Education Campaign!Thu 23 May 2013
Story by The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation
Last week we launched a new campaign to make food education a priority in schools in the U.S.
Since launching the Get Food Education in Every School campaign (a joint initiative between the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and Food Day.org) on Food Revolution Day there’s been a great response.
Almost 2,000 people have signed up to show their support online at bit.ly/FoodEdu and the #FoodEd conversation has been growing online with people sharing what the food education situation is like in their schools and why they think food literacy is so important.
And it’s not just the general public that think schools should be at the heart of food education - teaching children about food, where it comes from and how it affects our bodies - a number of organisations and individuals have also signed on to show their support.
Among the organisations joining this mission to get food education in every school and put the tools of prevention in the hands of children themselves are, The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, American College of Lifestyle Medicine, American Medical Students Association, Defeat Diabetes Foundation, The Edible Schoolyard Project, Center for Ecoliteracy, The Food Trust, National Association of Nutrition Professionals, Wellness in the Schools and Nourish. To see the full list of supporting organisations so far visit http://www.foodday.org/food_education.
We’re also delighted that Chef Ann Cooper, Kate Adamick, Co Founder of Cook for America, Robyn O’Brien, founder of AllergyKids and Dr Walter Willett from the Harvard School of Public Health have all also signed up to show their support.
Sign Up and Show Your Support!
Have you signed up yet? What are you waiting for? Visit bit.ly/FoodEdu today!
"As a long time healthy school food advocate, I believe that there's a three-legged stool for success in changing children's relationship to food. We need growing food and garden education, cooking and healthy food choice education and healthy delicious food in schools. Education is the key, without it we can't change children's eating habits or expect them to make healthy food choices. Join us in helping to assure that every child has access to healthy food every day and the education to go along with it that helps them make their own healthy food choices." – Chef Ann Cooper
"Schools are where we teach children to be well-informed and critically-thinking adults. If we fail to use schools to educate children about how to feed themselves in a healthy and environmentally responsible manner, we are not only doing them a disservice, we are doing them harm." - Kate Adamick, Co-Founder, Cook for America
"Our kids have earned the title of "Generation Rx" due to the escalating rates of diabetes, asthma, allergies and obesity. On this changing landscape of childhood, we are quickly realizing a food illiteracy. Bringing food education to schools across the country would not only help improve the health of our children and families, but also the health of our country and our economy. It is an investment that will pay dividends for generations to come." - Robyn O'Brien, Author, The Unhealthy Truth, Founder, AllergyKids Foundation
Providing our children with food education has never been more vitally important as it is today. Sign up and show your support today for getting food education in every school!
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Twitter: On average, kids in the US get just 3.4 hours of food and nutrition education per year. #FoodEd http://bit.ly/FoodEdu
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