Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and Food Day are working together to encourage schools across the nation to teach students about food and cooking, according to a press release. Their campaign, “Get Food Education in Every School,” aims to decrease obesity rates and diet-related diseases by gathering local and national support for food education in schools.
Through the nonprofit Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and his Food Revolution T.V. show, Chef Oliver works to increase awareness of the importance of food education. Studies have shown that one-third of children in the U.S. are overweight or obese, and less than 20% of 12 to 18-year-olds eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. "This is a chance to start talking about how food education should be an integrated part of the school curriculum," Oliver said in the release.
Food Day, a grassroots campaign that aims to improve food policies, will work with Oliver to promote their joint campaign in schools, local, state, and federal governments, as well as in social media. Supporters are encouraged to sign up here to support the cause.