Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution! [General]

2010 Jan 30
This looks awesome!

He goes to the "Unhealthiest City in America" (Huntington West Virginia) where he hopes to start a food revolution.

2010 Feb 2
I gotta say I love Jamie Oliver, and bless his heart he is "trying" to do the right thing here... BUT as someone who has travelled extensively thru this part of the USA, I can say that the reason Huntington, WV is the "Unhealthiest City In America" will have more to do with SMOKING than it ever will with FOOD.

West Virginia is a Tobacco State. With the most smokers in the USA at 27% (as stated by the CDC) = abcnews.go.com

West Virginia is one of the few places where one can still smoke in Bars & Restaurants (and let me tell you, it is super smokey in those places).

West Viriginia is also according to US Census Bureau data, is the third lowest in per capita income, ahead of only Arkansas and Mississippi. It also ranks last in median household income. The proportion of West Virginia’s adult population with a bachelor’s degree is the lowest in the US at 17.3%.

Interestingly I found this Quote on Wikipedia for the City of Huntington though... and it clearly does show that with a population of about 50,000 it does seem to have a variety of health problems

"A report issued by the Centers for Disease Control August 15, 2008 using survey data from 2006 found that 24.3% of adults 18 years-of-age or older reported themselves as in poor to fair health. The survey also found that 48.1% of residents over 65 years of age in the Huntington-Ashland, West Virginia-Kentucky-Ohio statistical area had all their natural teeth extracted. In addition, the CDC reports that 45.5% of adults older than 20 years are obese. 21.6% of adults over 45 years of age reported a diagnosis of coronary heart disease while another 12.7% of adults aged 18 or older reported a diagnosis of diabetes. An Associated Press article describes lifestyle and cultural barriers as obstacles to better public health.

As examples, the article describes local eating habits (the number of pizza shops in Huntington alone exceeding the total number of health clubs available in the entire state of West Virginia), the relatively sedentary culture, and poor education as causes for health issues described in the CDC report. In an MSNBC report published November 16, 2008, Huntington was rated as the most unhealthy city in the United States. The study took into consideration obesity rates, toothlessness, and levels of healthcare."

I wish Jamie luck with this endeavour… hopefully he can make a world of change for the residents of Huntington… and help make life better for some children who are the innocent victims in all this.

2010 Aug 16
I gather that the Government is attempting to make the poorest performing schools semi-private and more competitive. I have not read much about it, don't know much about how it all works, but it may not be as crazy as it sounds.

I agree that at first glance it sounds crazy.