Since weaning my baby I’ve started to think harder about what we put into our mouths on a daily basis. We want to give our babies the freshest, healthiest ingredients yet this isn’t necessarily as easy as it sounds: fruit and veg can be really expensive, we are time poor and are constantly bombarded with marketing for quick processed alternatives to home cooking. It’s too easy not to feed your baby well!
This is why I’ve become an ambassador for the Jamie Oliver Food Revolution, a movement which aims to reduce the impact of diet-related disease in current and future generations around the world. We need to help children make informed decisions and understand how important it is to eat healthily. In the short term a balanced diet helps concentration and energy levels; long term it can literally prolong your life.
While living out in the Middle East, I saw how the diet there is becoming increasingly Americanised – 24/7 fast food outlets, super size creamy coffees and litres of fizzy drinks. It is no wonder that diabetes and obesity are on the rise! Children in this country are surrounded by marketing for junk food – bright colours and cartoon characters. (No, Tony the Tiger doesn’t encourage them to eat carrots…)
I therefore wanted to try and do something to help put a stop to this globally especially for the sake of our children. Food Revolution day is 15 May – you can show your support by signing the petition and cooking a meal from scratch. There are loads of Jamie Oliver’s recipes on the Food Revolution website to inspire you… a great one for kids in summertime is the fruity frozen yoghurt
By educating children about food in a practical, fun and engaging way, we can provide them with the knowledge and skills they so urgently need to lead healthier, happier lives. We need to make practical food education a compulsory part of every school curriculum across the world, and that’s why I’ve launched a petition calling on all G20 countries to action this. With enough support from millions of people around the world, I truly believe that we can create a movement that’s powerful enough to make governments take action. Jamie Oliver
- Please sign the petition and help us to force all G20 governments to take action and make food education compulsory in schools across the world.
- Get involved on or around the day – cook at home with your kids, host a foodie event in your community or challenge your workmates to a cook-off. Share your photos via #FoodRevolutionDay