Here are some key points:
- Our children will live a life 10 years younger than ours because of the food they are being set up with
- Diet related disease is the Number One killer in the United States
- Obesity costs 10% of US healthcare bills
- Obesity doesn’t just hurt the people that have it, it hurts their loved ones as well (This is a very true statement to me. I lost my mother and sister to diet related diseases.)
- We need to teach kids about food in schools
- Each child should walk way from school knowing how to cook at least 10 recipes to be able to be self-sufficient college students and young parents.
- The foods we are feeding our children at school are fast foods: cheeseburgers, pizza, sloppy joes, etc.
- Most children will have 2-8 oz servings of chocolate milk at school per day. 1-8 0z serving has almost as much sugar as a can of coke! Examples (8 oz servings):
Chocolate Milk 220 cal 26 grams of sugar
Coca Cola 194.2 cal 26.7 grams of sugar
2% Milk 122 cal 12.4 grams of sugar
- If one person teaches three people how to cook and they each teach three people how to cook and it repeats itself 25 times that would be the entire population of the United States.
“I wish for everyone to help create a strong, sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity”
– Jamie Oliver
What do I plan to do?
I know that I have gotten way too relaxed in my cooking routine since my husband went to “second shift.” My goal, for now, is to make three from scratch meals per week. I want to focus more on what I intended this blog to be, a place to find child friendly recipes- where the children help! I want to eat less fast food (which also fits into my Frugal Friday posts.) I’m already working on this anyway.
I am going to see if I can put together some quick, easy recipe that I can teach my son’s preschool class how to make and talk to his teacher about showing them during class one day. Maybe I can continue to do that after my children leave that school.
Tell me what you plan to do…
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