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Teach Every Child About Food: Jamie Oliver TED Prize Talk

One of the projects I’m about to get involved in is to help the PTO at my kids’ school organize their second annual 1-mile fun run. I ran the “race” last year with my children, and we all had a blast. I got to watch my oldest son blaze the first half in the lead, only to crash and burn on the uphill return trip (his pacing needs some work…). I also discovered that my 7-year old daughter has a competitive side I never knew about – an adult woman passed her heading toward the finish line and she bolted ahead and passed her right back!

I was recently Facebook chatting with my columnist Nate Sanel about the topic of getting kids active, and as a dad he shares a similar interest in the topic. Nate has a passion for topics relating to nutrition, and he asked me if I had ever seen Jamie Oliver’s TED talk about teaching kids about food. I hadn’t, and my wife and I watched it last night. It’s one of those videos that really makes you stop and think. I like to be active, but my diet is far from pristine. Sometimes I need a reminder that I need to set a better example for my kids, and Oliver’s video really hammers this home (my wife does an amazingly good job of making sure that we eat well, I wish I were more like her in this regard).

Anyway, I wanted to share the talk here, it’s really well done and I highly recommend that you watch it:

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  1. Jamie did a great job with his tv series about food in schools (Food Revolution?). It was pretty eye-opening, especially a scene where he showed kids the revolting process of how chicken nuggets are made and they *still* wanted to eat them once they’d been deep fried!

  2. Mark Eichenlaub says:

    I teach and coach jr. High during the day and teaching them about nutrition is a constant uphill battle. They see no short term consequences most times and struggle to relate this to their lives.
    It’s a shame but worth the effort.

  3. Gary Wilson says:

    Food is fabricated soil fertility. Until the dominant role soil fertility plays in nutrition is recognized, nutritional deficiencies will not be understood or rectified. It’s not what is in our food that kills us but rather what isn’t in our food that kills us.

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