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I have been inspired to join Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, and I hope you will be too.  In his new TV series, Jamie is exposing the lack of nutrition in our school system.  Childhood obesity and diabetes is on the rise, and we can’t turn our cheek to it anymore.  As Jamie put it, this could be the first generation of children that don’t outlive their parents due to health problems.  Parental ignorance, lack of education, and substandard USDA regulations are the three glaring issues that I was left pondering long after the series premier had ended on Friday night. 

In the season premier, Jamie visits a family and has them put all food they consume in one week on the dining room table.  At the end of exercise the mother says through her tears of her children “I would do anything for them, but I’m killing them.” Here is a snippet of the scene:

One of the most eye-opening revelations in the episode was the fact that the kids in school could not identify fruits and veggies! How are children supposed to make healthy decisions if they don’t know what ingredients make up the food they eat?  Watch as these kids struggle to identify fresh foods:

If this initiative resonates with you, I would ask you to do two things.  One, please set your DVR to watch Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution on ABC on Fridays at 9PM EST.  He is sending a truly important, impactful message that should cause ripples across the country.  Secondly, please sign Jamie’s petition by clicking this link to join the revolution.  Here is Jamie’s Message:

“The American Food Revolution needs to start now! If you care about your country and the health of its children please help us make a difference. We need your support to get people back in touch with food and keep cooking skills alive before it’s too late. We want to make sure every kid gets good, fresh food at school. It’s proven that real food promotes more effective learning. If you want better health for your kids the junk food must go. I need to be able to show The President and industry how many of you out there really care about this issue so please don’t wait, sign up today. It will only take 30 seconds.

America’s health needs you!”

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