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It's Food Revolution Day! Here's What It Means to Your Kids

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Not only is today Friday, but May 15th is also Food Revolution Day!

What exactly is Food Revolution day? It's an initiative launched by Jamie Oliver and the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation (JOFF) to promote food literacy and urge governments to adopt food education programs for our children.

With more than 42 million children overweight or obese worldwide, Oliver believes there is no better time to "make practical food education a compulsory part of every school curriculum across the world."

There is a great divide between what children consume and what they know about what they're consuming. Currently, elementary school students in the United States only receive approximately 3.4 hours of food education per year, according to Food Corps.

And although obesity is a growing issue—one in three children in the US is either overweight or obese—there is a large population of kids who are malnourished. More than half of school-aged children are from low-income families and oftentimes lack proper nutrition because they're not eating the most healthful options or they're simply not eating enough.

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Food Tank has joined the fight as well by spotlighting organizations that are doing things right by increasing education and bringing healthy food to schools around the world.

"By teaching children about food in fun and engaging ways, educators and parents can equip them with the basic knowledge they need to lead healthier lives," says Food Tank.

If you want to help, make sure to sign the petition. And join the conversation by tweeting #FoodRevolutionDay!

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