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Food Revolution

Monday, March 29, 2010

I don't watch a lot of television since we don't have cable TV or receive a TV signal in our home. Just recently I started watching two shows online. The first is Parenthood which caught my attention because one of the families deals with a child who has Asperger's which is similar to what my daughter has (she is high functioning Autistic). It is a fun little show.

The second show which I just started watching last night was Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. Wow, it was amazing to watch this show and see what America's children are eating. With my daughter's autism we have always tried to stay away from foods with high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and flavors. Mind you, I don't have time to cook everything from scratch but I try to for the most part. But I am proud that if you ask my daughter what her favorite foods are she will be sure to include red bell peppers, carrots and peas. She is my little garden helper and veggie lover.

The part of the Food Revolution show that scared me the most was watching what kids in West Virginia are eating in school. My daughter is in 1/2 day Kindergarten so she has never eaten lunch at school. But last week her special education teacher asked if Jane could come to school full days twice a week. This would help her transition better in the fall.

The teacher asked if my daughter would be bringing lunch or eating school lunch. She was hoping Jane would be eating school lunch. That way she could be taught how to enter in her personal code on the special lunch key pad to receive her meal. So now I'm kind of freaked out about the whole school lunch program. I'm guessing the meals in our school district are a bit better then the ones the kids were receiving on the TV show. Our school has a no junk food and soda policy. Their snack cart only contains healthy items so I'm hoping the school lunches have similar standards. We are on Spring Break this week so once school starts back up, I'll have to dig a little deeper and see what the menu looks like.

Here is a link to Jamie Oliver's show if you are curious:

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    I saw Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution too. It really impressed me, also I couldn't quite believe the resistance he faced from the people in charge. Really? Could anybody be that ignorant? Anyway. Just checking in! Hope you're having a great month!
    2884 days ago
    I saw you as MOD and then happened in on this blog of yours. If you visit my blgo you will see I have had two "rants" about our school food program. I also linked up to two lectures, one by Kesler and one by Jamie Olive on TED, that talk a little more about the issues.
    As are you, I am outraged about what we have been feeding, and perhaps worse, what we have been teaching our children about healthy and wellness. The lessons we are teaching will last a lifetime. And that lifetime can either be full of health or full of illness. My hope is that in an immediate future, we will challenge the schools and the government to teach our children well as well as feed them well. The two go hand in hand.

    :) D
    2904 days ago
  • PRESHA911
    When I was in school, we also had disgusting food. The unhealthy food was always cheap. The healthy food was way too expensive for most of us and was usually not fresh. Let's hope this changes for all schools.
    2904 days ago
    Your school district web page probably lists the menus for the week. My kids usually brought lunch from home becuz the school food was not very good.

    2915 days ago
    I work in a school and I think the lunches are gross. I have a few favorites like the tuna pita and the chicken taco but that is about it! Lots of bad carbs! I saw the first show too and was interested in what he had to say! I think Jamie Oliver is going to make an impact and that is great!
    2938 days ago
  • PATTK1220
    That was a real eye opening show. Back in the last century when I was in school, everything was cooked on site and was quite healthy. That isn't the case anymore, and Jamie and Ryan's show really brought that to light. I'm looking forward to the next episode.
    2942 days ago
    Max, I had the same reaction after watching the show last week. I think I missed the second episode though.....

    The next day after watching it, my kids had a nice healthy lunch packed. I don't have time to do this every morning but I am going to make it more of a priority now. Our school system does have a little healthier options than the show. Another point is that you can't always control what your kids eat for lunch, but you can control what they eat for; breakfast, dinner, and their snacks. I look at it as this.... I am teaching my kids what healthy foods are good for them and now they have to start making their choices with lunch too. And guess what.... they are choosing the healthy stuff!

    So don't worry to much about Jane. You are teaching her the right things and that will stick with her as she is making her food choices.
    2942 days ago
    Remember that for these shows, they often pick the worst schools to show for drama and ratings. If your school has a healthy food policy, there's a good chance that their standards are WAY above what they're showing in Food Revolution. Like Fran0426, maybe you could go to the school and check it out.

    Fran - Having graduated from a MN school in the past 10 years (before the "healthy revolution" technically started) I can say that most of my friends and I from different school districts not only had a good variety of foods, but most of us had healthy options. One of my friends even got sushi at school!
    2942 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    My kids have been out of school many years, but I just can't fatham the realization that school children are being served such unhealthy food for growing little people and even the older kids. I think its wonderful someone is finally taking on this venture of trying to clean this mess up. I can understand your apprehension of the school lunches. Maybe you could go to the school and get the lunch menu so you have a better idea of what your daughters school is serving for lunches. I sure hope our Mn. schools are doing better than what was presented on the program.
    2942 days ago
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