The Power of Community for Food Revolution Day 2013

The Power Of Community For Food Revolution Day 2013

Thu 09 May 2013

Story by The Food Revolution Day Team
 

It Takes A Village



You’ve heard the adage, “It takes a village to raise a child.” When it comes to teaching our children about good food, there’s nothing more powerful than a community united to prove the point. From Nairobi to Kuwait, from Texas to Hong Kong, people are stepping out on Food Revolution Day, May 17th to host and participate in community activities across the map to teach kids about good health and nutrition.

It’s a shocking fact that the United States has the first generation of children with a shorter life expectancy than their parents due to diet and lack of physical activity (1). And the worldwide picture is equally disheartening with over 43 million overweight or obese under the age of five. That number is projected to sky rocket to nearly 60 million by 2020(2). Jamie’s food revolutionaries around the globe are taking action to stem this tide and put good food and good health back on our collective priority list.

From the Ground Up

Communities on Food Revolution Day are making it their business to give kids the knowledge they require to make healthy choices about how they eat. And not a moment too soon, since a study of UK children found that 1 in 10 believe that eggs come from wheat and fewer than half know that butter comes from dairy cows (3) while 20% of Australian kids believe that pasta comes from animals and 27% think that yoghurt comes from plants (4). No wonder these instructive and fun events have cropped up for this year’s Food Revolution Day to teach kids the basics about good food from farm to table.

Check out these educational activities and join in or start your own by signing up on our activity page:

Farm Explorer Mobile Farm Kitchen

Kids Tour Western Farmers’ Market

Planting Spring Seeds with St. Paul’s Kidz Corner

Good Food Potluck and Garden Planting

Practice Makes Perfect

Once children know their broccoli from their pea pods, it’s time help them gather and cultivate the mother lode of knowledge that may someday save their lives; basic cooking skills. As food education has vanished almost completely from the school curriculum, kids today are the third generation who might face adulthood without the ability to put a simple, healthy meal on the table. Not if our Food Revolution Day ambassadors have a say in it! Taking our COOK IT notion to heart, instructional activities from big to small will get kids up to speed on basic cooking techniques.

Families Cook a Green Salad

Healthy Meal Alternatives at Center-Fit

Cooking Basics – A One Week Course in Bucks, UK

Veggiecation Cooking Class

The Fun Factor

Kids are literally hungry for lessons that will set them up for a long and healthy life. Dependent on seemingly affordable fast food, even our youngest generation are part of the ‘obesity-hunger paradox’ arising from a daily menu of pre-packaged foods and a basic knowledge gap in how to prepare a nutritious meal at home. Enter stage right, our Jamie Oliver food revolutionaries who are stepping up with fun and engaging tips, tricks, games and gags to make good food and good health number one on the to do list:

Kids Take Over the Kitchen

Fort Worth Food Park Party!

Disco Salade Aux Buttes Charmant: Come and Make a Disco Salad!

Farm Visit and “Food for Jars” Cooking Activity

Community as Classroom

This inspirational video is proof positive that entire communities are bringing their collective might to making a difference on Food Revolution Day 2013. What does your community’s “field of dreams” look like?

Take part next week and start a local revolution. Build it and they will come!


Add your community activity at www.foodrevolutionday.com!

The Food Revolution Day Team

Sources
1. The New England Journal of Medicine, A Potential Decline in Life Expectancy in the United States in the 21st Century
2. WHO, Nutrition Challenges
3. LEAF survey
4. Australian Council for Educational Research, Food, Fibre and the Future : Report on surveys of students’ and teachers’ knowledge and understanding of primary industries

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