Last April, I shared with you a post called Nutrition In The Schools:Is It A Reality Check Or Just Drama? I discussed an interesting article I read after Food Network Chef Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution aired where Jamie tackled Huntington, West Virginia in his first attempt to bring awareness to the US on nutrition in the schools and childhood obesity. Jamie Oliver is back and he’s bringing his game on to tackle Los Angeles Schools In case you missed the episode last night, you can watch it HERE. Grab everyone in your family and watch it together. Then talk about it. This is a great family topic of discussion to have with your kids. There is great value in educating yourself and your children to have a healthier lifestyle.
This is one show I think everyone in your household should watch. You may say it’s just another reality show, and you’re right! It is just that! Childhood obesity and poor nutrition is a reality all across the US. Whether you choose to act upon it or not is your choice but the fact is, our children are our future. Don’t you want to see them healthy and live a long fullfilling life? It’s disturbing to me that the concern is more on the fact that the Board Members in this show don’t even want to give Jamie Oliver the chance to teach the schools a better way to provide nutrition to our kids.
I’m personally excited Jamie’s back!! This time he brought his wife and four beautiful children with him. Jamie Oliver has this absolutely great visual way of questioning parents and viewers do you know where your food comes from? When he was in the kitchen showing those parents how beef gets processed, I had absolutely no idea about the pink slime. Totally grossed me out! I had no idea this is where they take the inedible parts of beef that are typically sold for dog food, process it so the meat and fat separate, wash it in ammonia and then grind it. It is then used as filler in ground beef.
How often do we visit a meat processing wherehouse? It’s not something we think about. But now I certainly will! Up to 15% can be added, oh and did I mention it doesn’t even have to be mentioned or labeled. The USDA says it’s safe and that the ammonia is part of a process, not an ingredient so you don’t need to know about that either. That’s very disturbing! I am questioning the fact if I wanted to continue feeding my children hamburgers for dinner. Do you know what’s in your ground beef? I hope you ask the next time you buy or eat ground beef.
Jamie also attempted to gather a bunch of parents together to show them how much sugar is in all that flavored milk. To give the parents a simple understanding of how much sugar is found in our flavored milk, Jamie gives parents gathering a visual in the amount of sugar found every week in schools was a simple number of 57 tons. The bus overfills with sugar as you can see from the picture below.
If you watch the show, Jamie also attempts to get a local fast food owner to change just a few things on his menu and the owner just doesn’t want to budge. He believes his customers wouldn’t purchase a healthier choice of food from his menu. This just goes to show you, the value of eating a meal with your family at home versus going to a fast food place. Only as parents, can we make a difference in the lives of our children. Our voices need to be heard. We are responsible for educating our children to make the right decisions and guiding them along the way. If Board Members who are paid to have the responsibility in our school systems won’t do it, then it’s up to us as parents!
It’s amazing what a difference one person can make by making changes. Jamie is trying to do just that. He has inspired me to share and educate those in my community and bring awareness on childhood obesity and better nutrition. Have you signed the petition to get good food in our country’s schools? If no go do it now. Click here.