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Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Takes on America’s Unhealthiest City

Americans should be thrilled that Jamie Oliver has skipped the pond, but not everyone seems to be. After using one of his television series to reshape the school lunch program in the United Kingdom, the celebrity chef is coming stateside to help change what has been deemed the unhealthiest city in America, according to governmental surveys, in a new series on ABC called “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.” Huntington, West Virginia (population 50,000) has an adult obesity rate of 50% and leads the nation in incidences of diabetes and heart disease.

According to the video clip, Jamie has not undertaken an easy task, taking on a city where children are served pizza for breakfast at school and cannot identify tomatoes. The emotionality displayed by Oliver is convincing that he truly does care about the 50,000 people whose lives he is trying to save. Convincing others to make a change is tough work. It is not surprising that there is resistance from some of the adults of Huntingon. Jamie seems to employ some Dr. Phil-like methods to get people on board and educate the children. Helping people to change their habits is even more difficult. I look forward to seeing the changes Jamie is able to help this town make.jamie oliver food revolution

“I believe that every child in America has the right to fresh, nutritious school meals, and that every family deserves real, honest, wholesome food,” says Jamie via his Web site. “Too many people are being affected by what they eat. It’s time for a national revolution. America needs to stand up for better food!”

In addition to hosting at least 12 television series, which can be seen around the world, Jamie is a bestselling author of 10 cookbooks, which can be read in 29 different languages. He is the winner of TED’s 2010 annual award, the only annual TED award given. Oliver is committed to impacting how we nourish children around the world, not just in Huntington. You can learn more about Jamie’s efforts on his website and sign the petition about providing healthy food to our nation’s children, which he plans to take to President Obama after Food Revolution premiers.

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Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution will premier Friday, March 26 on ABC. It is produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions and Fresh One Productions.

Also Read:

How to Prepare Healthy School Lunches

Chef Ann Cooper’s Proposed Changes for a Healthier National School Lunch Program

Self Magazine’s Healthiest and Unhealthiest Cities

January 27th, 2010

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I love being with children I can help! Sharon

posted Mar 26th, 2010 9:40 pm


I think this is a great show. Jamie is working hard and I hope he makes a difference we need this! I would love to part of this. Can't wait for next week!

posted Mar 26th, 2010 9:32 pm

Brian C

This is a great thing. I'm stoked that ABC is helping to raise awareness about this huge problem.

posted Mar 24th, 2010 11:56 am


way to go JAMIE, I am so sorry some of them are not taking you seriously, like a certain lunch lady. It's her way or the highway. Prove all of them wrong!!!!

posted Mar 23rd, 2010 11:22 am

Cindy Moine

Way to go Jamie. Hopefully this is just the beginning. You do not have to be rich to eat well. And school lunch programs all over the USA need to be revamped. My Grand daughter gets pop-tarts for the breakfast program and canned full of sugar fruit. And those taking offense Shame on you

posted Mar 1st, 2010 5:34 pm

John Fowler

jaimie oliver is a drama queen,....he isn't helping ****, just going around criticizing little kids intelligence and people who do not eat healthy. way to make huntington look even worse than it already is.

posted Feb 25th, 2010 1:16 pm

Brooke Randolph

after researching this article, I'm a big Jamie Oliver fan.

posted Jan 31st, 2010 11:46 pm


Wow - that clip was eye-opening. Can't wait to watch that show. Every little bit of inspiration helps!

posted Jan 30th, 2010 10:54 am


Agreed - this one looks like a winner. Can't wait to watch this. Hopefully the similar towns, like Heather mentions, will take note.

posted Jan 27th, 2010 6:00 pm


cant wait for this show! looks great.

posted Jan 27th, 2010 3:39 pm


I'm really looking forward to this show since what occurs in Huntington is just a small snapshot of what goes in communities all over this country. Thanks Brooke for alerting us about this new series!

posted Jan 27th, 2010 12:50 pm


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