I love the British chef Jamie Oliver. He’s funny and he’s passionate about food.
He’s also the father of several small children, and he’s made it a personal crusade to improve the health of children, through food, in his country as well as ours.
A few years ago, he did a reality series, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, in which he attempted to change the way children are fed in our public school system. He introduced us to the infamous “pink slime”!
I shared his frustration as he ran into one bureaucratic roadblock after another.
In this YouTube video clip from a 2010 TED Talks, he implores parents to understand the lifelong importance of a healthy diet. And how by not just feeding our kids well, but teaching them to feed themselves well, we can set them up for a longer, healthier life.
We have an awful, awful reality right now…this [America] is one of the most unhealthy countries in the world…We, the adults of the last four generations, have left our children with the destiny of a shorter life span than their own parents. Your child will live a life 10 years shorter than you because of the landscape of food we have built around them.
For more information, visit the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation.