Jamie Oliver, famed British chef and cookbook author, believes that every child has “the right to be taught how to grow and cook fresh, nutritious food at school” and he’s challenging everyone to help him force governments around the world to provide this very important food education.
Jamie started the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation in 2002, with a mission to ”shape the health and wellbeing of current and future generations and contribute to a healthier world, by providing better access to food education for everyone.” He is a passionate believer that by by teaching kids about healthy food and cooking in a fun and engaging way, we can help improve their lives.
Some facts from Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution:
- Worldwide, there are more than 42 million kids under the age of 5 who are overweight or obese.
- Children today are the first generation predicted to live shorter lives than their parents.
- Children as young as 8 are being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes (which used to be a disease affecting people over the age of 40).
- Diet-related illnesses are among the world’s biggest killers – and these deaths are preventable.
On May 15, 2015, during the 4th annual Food Revolution Day, ambassadors from around the world will be holding events to raise awareness about the need for food education and to teach kids about cooking fresh, nutritious foods.
One local Food Revolution ambassador is Denise Livotti, the owner of Petits Chefs Academy in Vaughan. Denise began the Academy in August 2011, after making a BIG life decision leaving a 15 year career in the Logistics industry to follow her passion for cooking and all things green. Petits Chefs Academy was specifically designed to empower our children to take back the kitchen, their health and their lives.
“Food Revolution Day – Fighting for Food Education is the exact reason why I stated the Academy in the first place,” says Denise. “As a mother of two, I believe it’s our duty to ensure the well-being and health of our children and grandchildren, our future, through life skills, cooking and gardening.”
At Petits Chefs Academy, there’s a “real food revolution” every day, where children as young as 3 up to 15 years of age create healthy nutritional dishes from scratch, alongside a certified chef and health coach. If you walk by the Academy any time after school or in the evenings, you’ll see every child engaged – chopping, cutting, stirring, smelling, tasting, learning and having a thoroughly good time.
This year, Denise is partnering with Real Food 4 Life and Alexander Mackenzie High School in Richmond Hill to host Jamie Oliver’s 4th Annual Food Revolution Day. This event will allow students in grades 9 through 12 to have the opportunity to learn and participate in engaging conversations and hands-on activities about healthy foods. Alexander Mackenzie H.S. and the Healthy Schools Committee has been participating in and practicing different healthy schools initiatives for the past 4 years, and having this opportunity will help reach even more students at their school.
How you can help support Food Revolution Day:
- Sign the petition at change.org/jamieoliver calling for compulsory food education in schools around the world.
- Share #FoodRevolutionDay information on social media.
- Donate money or gift cards to a local school’s breakfast or healthy lunch program.
- Teach your kids (or someone else’s) to cook using fresh, nutritious ingredients.
- Visit foodrevolutionday.com and RealFood4Life1.com to download resources and toolkits and find more ways to get involved.
If you’d like more information, contact Denise at Petites Chefs Academy at Denise@PetitesChefsAcademy.com
About Kathy Sima
Kathy is a blogger and freelance writer and mom of two teens who gave up her career as a financial advisor when her son was diagnosed with autism at age 3. When it comes to parenting, Kathy truly believes there is strength in numbers and knows that sharing stories and strategies with other parents has helped keep her sane (so far!)