America’s Most Unhealthy City
Over the past few decades, we have become a fast food nation—consuming a diet that consists of highly processed foods, and eating on the run. The epitome of our condition is exemplified in the new TV reality show Jamie’s Food Revolution.
Last weeks we highlighted Jamie Oliver’s work via his Food Revolution. I hope that you were able to catch last Friday’s episode, the second in this reality TV series, where Jamie takes us into a close-up and personal view of his attempt to change an elementary school’s breakfast and lunch menu in Huntington, West Virginia. Huntington holds the dubious distinction of being American’s most unhealthy city.
One quickly surmises, in lieu of what the kids are regularly eating, the level of their ignorance as to what real food is, and more shockingly, what food looks like! With a regular diet of pizza for breakfast, accompanied with chocolate or strawberry milk, and chicken nuggets for lunch, their precious elementary school children cannot identify a real live tomato, potato, carrot, egg plant, celery, broccoli, etc—they couldn’t name one of them correctly. I was sad.
This week, watch the show on Friday night. Make the time! Jamie Oliver is taking the bull by the horns. We need to support Jamie’s effort. Listen to what he says:
Here is the link to his home page for the Food Revolution. You will see the schedule for the next four shows plus links to past shows, recipes for cooking with real food and much more. Also, there is a petition to sign that will be sent to the President and Congress demanding a change in our school food fare to one that provides real fresh food to children.
There’s a clever touch regarding the signing of this petition: the home page shows a map of the US with all the States, color coded, to show the number of their citizens who have signed the petition. My State of Washington is in the middle of the pack (so far!). California and New York show great participation, with the highest numbers of signatures. It is very interesting to see what States have hardly responded at all—guess who has the least signatures?
Finally, Jamie’s site is a great educational tool. Under the tab, Facts and Figures, it gives the shocking statistics regarding how obesity and diet are affecting America’s health. It gives food facts and information about the federal school lunch program. It informs its readers that today’s generation of children are predicted to be the first that will die at a younger age than their parents due to obesity-related bad health.
What can be more fundamental than getting our food system right? We have forgotten the most basic of life’s requirements—how to properly feed ourselves. Jamie’s got it right. His recipes are elegant, straightforward, simple, wholesome and healthy using real unadulterated food. He would make Weston Price proud. He deserves our full support.
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