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" The poor man is not he who is without a cent, but he who is without a dream. "

~Harry Kemp

Tomatoes, cucumbers, string beans and Serrano peppers, oh my! I finally planted the veggies for my urban rooftop garden! I'm looking forward to watching these vegetables come to life over the next several weeks, and to eating these homegrown veggies in meals all summer long!

Speaking of summer, what exciting plans do you have to look forward to? We always talk about New Year's resolutions at the start of the year, but what about a summer revolution? Summer is the perfect time to get active and to take some time to recharge and reset. My summer revolution has already begun: playing hoops after dinner and relying more on my bike and my legs for transportation…a great way to get moving! Kepping with revolutions, one of my favorite healthy foods advocates, Jamie Oliver, has inspired over 400 activist groups (almost 700,000 people) across the country to take charge of their health and fight obesity. Check out the top 5 states in this week's issue.

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Best in Health!
~Amy Crews~

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Jamie Oliver's Top 5 Food Revolution Activist States

Food Revolution

Jamie Oliver is best known for the television show where he moved to Huntington, West Virginia and exposed the poor food options that were being served to kids in both elementary and high schools. He continues to inspire thousands to demand better and healthier foods. In Jamie's words:

"This food revolution is about saving America’s health by changing the way people eat. It's not just a TV show; it’s a movement for you, your family and your community. If you care about your kids and their future, take this revolution and make it your own. Educate yourself about food and cooking, and find out what your child is eating at school. Make only a few small changes and magical things will happen. Switching from processed to fresh food will not only make you feel better, it will also add years to your life."

The top 5 revolution states are highlighted on the Food Revolution website. Let these stories inspire you to make your own healthy food resolutions, or revolutions this summer!

  • California: A group of parents and community members in the Santa Monica and Malibu areas are forging their food revolution by committing to eat at least one daily home cooked meal as a family, thereby ensuring that all family members are eating fresh, local produce. This group believes that nutritious meals are not only important for a child's long-term health, but that good nutrition translates into brain power and the ability for a child to excel in school.
  • Texas: A group of like-minded individuals came together to fight for children’s’ nutrition in public schools. Having seen firsthand the impact that Jamie Oliver was able to make on the school systems in WV, this Texan group knows their drive and determination will also make a difference. They believe that by feeding kids nutritious foods, they will learn not only why these foods are important but will also come to enjoy them.
  • New York: A community focused group believes in the importance of bringing family and friends together through cooking. The emphasis here is on coming together and not just about eating food, which can be in the form of a backyard BBQ or pot luck. The sense of community and sharing of food bring together a focus on health and relationships through home cooked meals.
  • Indiana: A mother of four has started her food revolution by advocating for fresh sustainable food. Having worked as a chef for 12+ years, she certainly knows her food and is on a mission to introduce more healthy produce into her community.
  • Florida: A group in West Palm Beach is focusing their revolution on educating parents, teachers, counselors, and kids about whole grains, whole foods, and the dangers of processed foods. They want to pass along the message that just because a food is sold in stores, it doesn’t mean it’s good for you.
  • Visit the activist map on Jamie Oliver Food Revolution to find a group near you!

Recipe of the Month:

Mixed Greens Salad

Mixed Greens Salad

Yield: 6 servings

  • Mixed greens (Kale, Arugula, Spinach)
  • Chopped cucumber
  • Pine Nuts – toasted in frying pan until golden brown
  • Olive Oil

  1. This salad is super quick to toss together but packs flavor, nutrients and has great presentation. I purposefully did not include measurements as you can tailor for number of servings.
  2. Wash lettuce and toast pine nuts in frying pan. Combine together with sliced cucumber and toss lightly in olive oil. Finish with salt and pepper to serve.

In the News...

Too Fat To Fly

When Kenlie Tiggerman was flying home over Easter weekend, she was told by an employee of Southwest Airlines that she was "too fat to fly." Kenlie shares her story how she was not addressed in a discreet manner and had just recently lost 120 pounds but was still told she was too large to fly.

Let's reverse the obesity epidemic in our country, start our summer revolutions, and offer support to one other. Kudos to Kenlie for losing 120 pounds! Let’s support her through continued weight loss and not let corporate America put her down.

[Watch Our Video Interview Here]

Giving Back

One world. Everychild

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Action Items

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  • Create a plan for your summer revolution, share it and get started today!
  • Shop for good this month with 50% of proceeds benefiting children’s education.
  • Check out the DietsinReview.com blog for the latest in health and fitness.

Weekly Articles

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