Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

by LaTionna Russell

PITTSBURGH, PA Oct. 18, 2012– The world renowned chef, Jamie Oliver visited Pittsburgh to host his food revolution and tell us how to bring healthier foods into our beautiful city and reduce the number of local people who are overweight or obese. During a press event, held at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden Edible rooftop, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl was also present. “While Pittsburgh has made significant progress with our local food movement, there is still work to be done,” said Mayor Ravenstahl.

For 12 whole months, Jamie Oliver, as well as various advocates for healthier foods, will provide support to our community.  These experts include: Senior UPMC Medical Director, Michael Parkinson; President of the Mid-Atlantic Region of Whole Foods Market, Scott Allshouse; Senior Vice-President of Eat ’N Park Hospitality Group Brooks Broadhurst; Superintendent of Propel Schools Carol Wooten, and so many more!

Worldwide, obesity has more than doubled for adults. Over 1.5 billion adults are overweight or obese, a condition which has tripled for children over the past three decades, making 43 million children under the age of 5 overweight or obese.

But when there’s a problem, there is always a solution. Studies have shown that children who plant their own fruit and vegetables are more likely to eat them. And kids who learn to cook are hungrier for healthier food choices.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Mr. Oliver and hear him speak about his food revolution and how it will affect us to eat healthier, feel healthier, and be healthier. “Eating healthier actually approves your ability to learn and think,”  he said. He revealed that one reason why he  founded the food revolution was to “bring
communities together” – and I already see the change.

Carol Wooten, Superintendent of Propel Schools, said that in 2013 Propel Schools will increase its focus on education about healthy food choices and the My Plate Guidelines. Propel Schools will conduct a baseline assessment and activity each day from the beginning of the school year to aim for an hour of physical activity each day.

More than half of all Americans in 39 states will be obese by the end of the year. “While these numbers are scary, it is important to realize that they are projections-and that means there is still time to take action,” added Mayor Ravenstahl.

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