We're plating up a new hands-on food education program for our kids, enabling early learning centres and primary schools to bring back the fun in food. Kids need all the help they can get. In and out of the classroom. These little sponges are consuming knowledge every day. And sadly, consuming food that is making them unhealthy and overweight. Today 1 in 4 children between ages 5 - 17 are overweight or obese. It didn't used to be like this. Over the past 30 years, we've stopped eating nutritiously. We've stopped sitting down at the table for dinner. We've stopped sharing our recipes and traditions from generation to generation. We've stopped talking about food in the classroom. Our kids are growing up without ever learning about real food and how to cook for themselves.
Facts that are hard to Swallow
- In Australia, one in four children aged 5-17 are overweight or obese.
- If no action is taken to slow the spread of this disease, there will be 2.4 million more obese people by 2025, costing the nation an additional $87.7 billion over the next ten years.
- 69.2% of children, aged 8 to 11, fail to consume the recommended intake of at least 3 serves of vegetables per day.
- 84.8% of children, aged 12 to 17, fail to consume the recommended intake of at least 4 serves of vegetables per day.
- Excess weight increases the risk of poor health during childhood and of developing chronic conditions as adults.
- Overweight children are more likely to experience teasing and bullying.
The good news
- Diet-related diseases are both reversible and preventable.
- Kids who learn to cook have better diets, and are more aware of the importance of making healthier choices.
Healthy habits formed early in life can follow on throughout childhood, adolescence and into adulthood.
- Kids who eat healthy lunches perform better at school and are less likely to take days off.
- Children's motivation and behaviour is influenced by edible education in schools, leading to improved behaviour in and out of the classroom and increased enthusiasm towards learning.
- Food education in schools helps to boost achievement levels across the curriculum, particularly in science, maths, food technology and languages.
- Children who cook and plant their own fruit and vegetables are more likely to eat them.
Want your kids to eat better?
Then we need to plant the seeds for positive eating habits at school and give them something good to chew on. Set the table and set in motion with making sure your school has our Jamie Oliver's Learn Your Fruit and Veg program. Tell your school about our program now!