Every Friday we share the best of the week’s food and nutrition finds: what we’ve loved, what’s inspired us and what’s revolutionised our family mealtimes.
Jamie Says a big thank you!
You can’t keep a good man on a mission down. Especially when that man is Jamie Oliver.
Back in May, MoKL wrote about the launch of his new campaign to get compulsory food education embedded into the school curriculum.
Food Revolution Day took flight on May 15th carried on a tidal wave of goodwill, the signature Oliver enthusiasm and a little help from his celebrity friends. There was a song (catchy), and a website (colourful). But most importantly of all there was a petition calling on governments to step in and get food education up there alongside maths and literacy in the school timetable – not just in this country but around the world.
Why does Oliver believe food education needs to be taught in our schools? Because in short, our kids are getting fatter and unhealthier. Some 42 million children worldwide under the age of five are either overweight or obese – and the culprit is an abundance of cheap, nutritionally questionable food, and a lack of physical exercise. Unless we do something about it, we’re looking at a future generation blighted by heart disease, diabetes and other obesity-related illnesses
So, fast forward three months and an update from Camp Oliver dropped into the MoKL inbox this past week: more than 1.5 million people have signed the petition so far, a third of those in the first week alone; more than 8000 schools in 100 countries have taken part; 36 million people have listened to the Food Revolution Day song. And one particular sandwich has been made thousands of times by a whopping 6,628 schools.
To say thank you to everyone who has supported the campaign, Oliver has made a little YouTube video – have a watch: it’s upbeat, it’s cheerful, you’ll want to have a little desk dance (or maybe that’s just us). And if you haven’t signed Jamie’s petition yet – go do it.
The Tesco Eat Happy Project
Getting food education into schools isn’t just the preserve of celebrity chefs it seems.
This week we’ve been majorly impressed with the Tesco Eat Happy Project – a new discovery for us – and in Tesco’s own words: a long-term commitment to help primary school age children have a “happier and healthier relationship with food”.
A supermarket promoting food? Yes, we know – but there’s such a lot of good stuff here, it’s completely silenced our inner skeptic – and we think you’ll love this project as much as we do.
We think the Farm to Fork Trails are a great idea, giving children the opportunity to see where food comes from and how it’s made. Schools or youth groups can book a trail to see vegetables being grown in the Scottish borders, tomatoes in Kent or cream in Cornwall for example, or go and see how bread is made in a Tesco supermarket. Type in your postcode to find a trail near you.
For the classroom there are Online Field Trips broadcast live from different food producers around the world. Kids can find out where salmon comes from, or how pineapples are grown in Costa Rica and transported back to the UK all without leaving their seats. Because the broadcasts are live, children can chat in real time to the producers and growers. School wasn’t like this when I was a kid.
The Tesco Eat Happy Project also offers free Let’s Cook kids’ courses around the country, developed in association with the Children’s Food Trust, a national charity whose mission is to get every child eating well.
We particularly like the new weekly Let’s Cookalong videos on the website which run throughout the school holidays. As the name suggests, you and the kids can cook along and learn how to make Italian and Moroccan dishes, picnic food or master some basic cooking skills. We’ll be reviewing a Let’s Cookalong video next week so please pop back for that.
It’s great to see supermarkets now starting to go further than just selling food, but now promoting awareness and knowledge and helping our children get closer to where it all comes from. MoKL Loves!