Food Revolution Day – May 19

The Jamie Oliver Foundation is promoting Food Revolution Day, on Saturday May 19, 2012.  Here are some of the details:

Food Revolution Day on 19 May is a chance for people who love food to come together to share information, talents and resources; to pass on their knowledge and highlight the world’s food issues. All around the globe, people will work together to make a difference. Food Revolution Day is about connecting with your community through events at schools, restaurants, local businesses, dinner parties and farmers’ markets. We want to inspire change in people’s food habits and to promote the mission for better food and education for everyone.

WHO IS TAKING PART?

Schools, businesses, chefs, restaurants and food lovers all over the world will take part, and we’d love you to get involved too. Food Revolution Day is open to anyone in the world who wants to take the steps towards a healthier lifestyle and better education. You can raise awareness and fundraise for food education programs by hosting or attending Food Revolution Day events, which will focus on locally sourced, fresh food and promote the need for better food education. If you have food knowledge to share, why don’t you create a local food event, find an event near you to attend or have some fun by hosting a dinner party.

WHY HAVE A DAY OF ACTION?

Worldwide, obesity has more than doubled since 1980. For the first time in history, being overweight is killing more people than being underweight, and every year more than 5 million people die from obesity or diet-related diseases. This has to change, and it’s down to us. We need to get back to basics and start thinking about where our food comes from. We need to become a conscious community and understand the food choices we make on a daily basis. We can do this by improving food education.

Encouraging people to cook from scratch at home is at the heart of this. We all have family and friends who could make better food choices. On Food Revolution Day we can work together to empower people with the skills to improve their diet. Making simple changes to our food choices will improve our quality of life and our children’s. Forty-two million children under five are already obese and we need to reverse this. Let’s make some noise, raise our voices together and have a lasting and positive impact on their lives and ours. Food Revolution Day is our opportunity to get the world to focus on food issues and rally our efforts to bring food education back into schools.

WHERE IS IT HAPPENING?

On 19 May, Food Revolution Day will happen in kitchens, homes and communities around the world. On village greens and in dining rooms, in restaurants and gardens, it will spark conversations about real food and inspire people to take steps towards a healthier lifestyle.

IN THE WORKPLACE: You can implement good food habits in your workplace with this comprehensive guide.

 

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