The Food Revolution Goes to Mom Congress

“Educate yourself about food and cooking, and find out what your child is eating at school. Make only a few small changes and magical things will happen. Switching from processed to fresh food will not only make you feel better, it will also add years to your life,” says Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution website.

Last week at Parenting’s Mom Congress, Seth Nickinson of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution said that they are “trying to mobilize angry moms across America.”

Are you an angry mom?

Even if your kids don’t eat school lunch, school lunch affects YOU. And, in my opinion, all of us should be very concerned about the poor nutrition in most school lunches.

Here’s what Nickinson suggested we could do about school lunches:

If you have 5 minutes

Online research and organizing. Perhaps visit these sites:

Center For Science in the Public Interest

Food Research and Action Center

Convergence Partnership

Two Angry Moms aims to collect two million moms (and dads and others) to send a clear message to school administrators, state and national legislators, and government officials acknowledging the connection between whole, nutritious food and better children’s health and scholastic performance. There is a crisis of obesity, type II diabetes, asthma, learning, behavioral and emotional disorders among America’s children. Angrymoms.org seeks to establish an imperative for taking better care of our kids by offering better food in schools and cleaning up the school food environment. We advocate for making the school food environment a district-wide and nationwide priority.”

If you have 50 minutes

Start a no chocolate milk campaign. Schools don’t have to serve it. Talk to your school principal, make decisions about when and where to offer chocolate milk. It has a lot of sugar! If you take the natural occurring sugar, and the added sugar, it’s almost the same as soda ounce for ounce. We believe that chocolate milk should be thought of as a treat. At least, raise awareness about the sugar content of milk. Even just have that conversation with your principal or cafeteria manager.

If you have 5 people

Look at the map of 200 plus Facebook groups. Start your own FB group and mobilize your community.

If you have 5 hours

1. Get the facts. Resources hereTool Kits here.

2. Support the staff.

3. Mobilize a team.

4. Starts with basics.

and don’t forget what Jamie says –“Love your lunch lady.”

Sign the Petition:
“I support the Food Revolution. America’s kids need better food at school and better health prospects. We need to keep cooking skills alive.”

Watch the Food Revolution Show to see what Jamie Oliver’s up to right now.

I think he’s a rock star. What do you think?

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