May 19th Columbia College, Bodies in Motion, and The Square Foot Gardening Foundation hosted FOOD REVOLUTION DAY at Alcorn Middle School. It was a blast! Alcorn Middle School sits in the 29203 area code which has one of the highest percentages of diabetes and hypertension IN THE Nation. Food Revolution Day was one way for us to help reshape the culture surrounding food, health, and wellness in the 29203 area.
Jamie Oliver, the famous chef from the Food Network, started the international Food Revolution Day initiative and is all about replacing the junk served in school cafeterias with healthy and real foods.
“Worldwide, obesity has more than doubled since 1980. For the first time in history, being overweight is killing more people than being underweight, and at least 2.8 million adults around the world die each year as a result of being overweight or obese. This has to change, and it’s down to us. We need to get back to basics and start thinking about where our food comes from. We need to become a conscious community and understand the food choices we make on a daily basis. We can do this by improving food education. Encouraging people to cook from scratch at home is at the heart of this. Forty-two million children under five are already obese and we need to reverse this. Food Revolution Day is our opportunity to get the world to focus on food issues and rally our efforts to bring food education back into schools.” -FoodRevolutionDay.com
For Alcorn Middle’s Food Revolution Day, Bodies in Motion hosted an hour-long workout session for students and their families and the Square Foot Gardening Foundation taught how to easily and cheaply install and plant at-home gardens. For lunch, Chef Gary Uwanawich cooked a super-easy but oh-so-yummy veggie chili. Before the meal was served, Gary gave a spiel about Food Revolution Day and how what we eat affects our health. He also highlighted how everything we were eating for lunch could be grown in your very own Square Foot Garden!
Overall the day was a success. Everyone went home with a healthy cookbook, and most adult participants said they’d participate in a walking group and healthy cooking classes if we started them at Alcorn Middle. Hopefully these will start next semester!
By the way, Chef Gary is AMAZING. Check out Gary on ABC Columbia’s Cheap Eats, or learn to cook from him at Let’s Cook Culinary Studio in Columbia.