Jamie Oliver takes one step forward and two steps back as his efforts to transform the school lunch program of Huntington, West Virginia's Central City Elementary School are met with harsh criticism ...
British TV chef Jamie Oliver is appalled by the food being served in British public schools. He learns that not only do the children prefer to eat junk food, but they have very little knowledge of vegetables and fruits and are very afraid of trying anything remotely new. This series shows all the problems and dilemmas he faces and overcomes whilst admirably attempting to make a healthier nation.
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Daniel Browning Smith
Impassioned chef Jamie Oliver is determined to take on the high statistics of obesity, heart disease and diabetes in the United States. By talking to people in their communities, Oliver will attempt to show people the incredible rewards of cooking for themselves and the people they love. Oliver invites viewers to take a stand and change the way they eat.Written by
A fresh look at the tie between fresh food and good health
Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution is a new take on connecting diet and health in a concrete way. The entire season is spent inside "America's unhealthiest town," based on rate/age of death. Jamie is so impassioned about the subject that he would rather help the citizens up than look down on them. Along the way he does step on a few toes and must be shown where his statements become insulting, but everyone is able to apologize and move on. The families and schools with horrible eating practices are encouraged to identify the weakness, grasp the scope of the problem, and then make positive change. The show preaches moving forward, not shame of the past.
The proposed diet changes in the show are not about losing weight, they are about eating healthy – weight loss is a consequence of healthy diet and exercise. Jamie is about using real, fresh ingredients to make nutritious food. He's forced to deal with the issue of money in the school and help hammer out a budget, though the show's biggest weakness is in this area as families may still be left wondering how to afford this better food.
Americans, and many other Westerners, need a place to be able to go and say, "I need help. I don't know how to cook, I don't know how to feed my kids in a healthy way," without any shame. Jamie Oliver's food revolution is a great first step. Anyone who needs help should start here to see that you are not alone. Anyone who wants to help should start here to understand the depth and breadth of the problem.
Obesity is an epidemic in today's world. Pointing figures, placing blame, and wondering "what if we had done things different" is not going to get us anywhere. This show is concerned with starting today and looking towards the future. It's slightly political, slightly spiritual, and completely honest.
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