Published on September 6th, 2013 | by Jennifer Kaplan3
Children’s Diets (Ugh!) [Infographic]
Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies. It builds all year long and culminates on October 24.
Get Food Education in Every School is a national initiative created by Food Day and the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation to raise awareness about the critical importance of food education in schools across America. Why is what is in our children’s diets so important right now? Just take a look at the infographic below.
Jamie Oliver, the outspoken English chef and advocate of healthy food is behind the movement. He uses disruptive media and public visibility to communicate and motivate, and food education is on the top of his list. Oliver contends that providing our children with food education has never been more important. His organization says that obesity-related diseases will cause this generation of children to be the first to die at a younger age than their parents. And, points to data that says one-third of children in the United States are overweight or obese and total healthcare costs attributable to obesity could reach up to $957 billion by 2030, accounting for 18% of U.S. health expenditures. But more shocking really is the fact that, at the same time 17 million children in the US remain hungry.
The folks at Food Day believe that if every child had the opportunity to learn about, grow and cook food and understand the implications of food waste on the wider community, they’d have the knowledge and tools to lead healthier and more fulfilling lives. Studies show that the more children learn about food and nutrition, the more likely they are to eat fruit and vegetables; the more children cook and prepare fresh food from scratch, the more likely they are to appreciate healthier and more varied ingredients; and the more children plant and harvest fruit and vegetables, the more motivated they’ll be to eat them.
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