A very good friend of mine who runs this awesome blog http://runningforautism.wordpress.com/ is going to write a blog about the Food Revolution Day that I am coordinating in London Ontario! Kirsten is an amazing mother with 2 amazing kids and a cool hubby! I was her maid of honour in her wedding last year and I commuted with Kirsten for work at Canadian tire in 2010!
So Kirsten sent me an email with her questions about the event and I thought this was a perfect way to write my blog today!
1. Date , time, place
This event will be hosted May 19, 2012 at Covent Gardens Market on King Street in London Ontario. Events start at 10am and continue through the day until 4pm.
2. A brief description of what it is including , what are the key events of the day.
The entire day will be focussed on trying to get people to cook in their kitchens, eating fresh local foods and not relying on quick convenient boxes of processed foods.
The Day starts off at 10:am upstairs in the Labbatt Room where Growing Chef’s will be engaging our children ages 3 -12 in creating their own Veggie or Fruit Character. They will also have colouring sheets for those who want to show their artistic talents. While the kids are learning and having fun, Britown Music will showcase some of their students to sing and entertain the kids and parents in the room! I am also please to announce that we are adding local recording artist Denis Gauthier to the artists who will be providing entertainment in the Labbatt Room while the kids are creating their masterpieces! The kids event will run continously until 12pm.
At 10:30 am we will be inviting parents and registered attendees to come next door while our volunteers and growing chefs keep your kids happy!
Parents will learn from Tracey Platero and Carole Persaud about how to keep your kids healthy and happy in the kitchen. How to deal with the peer pressure of other kids snacks at school! How to read and interpret the tricky labels on processed foods that are making our kids sick! What is the impact of those processed foods on our childrens bodies? This will be a valuable hour of information for parents!
At 12:00 pm families and registered attendees can join registered dietician Melissa Brionnes for a walk through Covent Market talking about the local products that are available and highlighting the vendors who have taken a challenge to create a Revolutionary Meal! The revolutionary meal is an idea for restaurants and vendors to create a meal that you know will have real food ingredients and will not be laden with extra additives that our bodies do not know how to process.
After being inspired in the Market come back upstairs !!
At 1pm come and listen to Dr. Kresimir Jug talk about Life By Design. “Life By Design is an essential part of transforming the world’s health. It is based on powerful principles that are scientific, logical and easy to follow. Health is your birthright. It is that natural, normal expression of living your Life By Design.”
At 3pm We are targeting young adults coming into their first apartments or people who want to start over with creating a healthy kitchen and staying healthy when you are shopping on a tight budget! Listen to Registered Dietician Melissa Brionnes and Organizational guru Margarita Ibbott share their secrets and tips!
This will wrap up our event! I am so looking forward to sharing all this information with you!
3. Website Link and or contact information.
https://gidsy.com/activities/london/7517/food-revolution-day-london-ontario - to register for events go here!
www.foodrevolutionday.com – to see if their are events in your local area go to this site! If you would like to host a dinner party, or create an event this page will also provide all the information you need!
For other questions about this event in London Ontario I am the coordinator Michelle Clermont and I can be reached at 226-234-4006.
4. Is there anyway for non-local people to be involved (example if someone wants to organize this in their own community, how do they do it.)
Go to www.foodrevolutionday.com there are lots of ideas from hosting a simple dinner party in your neighbourhood, a grocery store tour, a big event like ours or visit a farm! There are a ton of ways to participate on May 19 globally! There are over 313 cities participating, 193 public events and over 300 dinner parties! Make this Food revolution grow!!
1. What inspired you to do this?
My key inspiration is my daughter Megan, Megan has been sick for 4 years. She is chronically ill. No doctors in the medical field can find specific reasons for the fact that she sleeps 3 hours a day, that her menstruation cycle is not a cycle its actually a constant flow. she is 15 years old and home schooled. Kids as young as 2 are being diagnosed with Fatty Liver Disease and that is NOT acceptable. Doctors were able to find that she has Mild Fatty Liver Disease which I also created a support group for on Facebook 4 years ago. I have over 215 members in that group who share their symptoms and challenges with dealing with Fatty Liver Disease. They are a small representation of the 30% of the world population that are currently afflicted by Fatty Liver Disease. I have watched 8 people die in this circle of support in the last 4 years. This enrages me and also makes me passionate about raising awareness of the damage that processed foods are doing in our bodies.
Combining these factors means that my target audience is Parents, young adults and children. Awareness is key! The liver is an exceptional organ in your body and it can regenerate healthy cells as long as you are willing to give your liver a break!
2) What are you hoping to gain for you and your family through this?
Honestly for me this is about making a difference in the community. I want people to know who I am and know that I am here to help! I will be starting Ignite Health in the fall and I hope to make amazing contacts in London through this event! For Megan, I am finding volunteer opportunities for her that she can believe in and thats a win too!!
3) What are your thoughts about the fact that todays children are the first generation that on average will have shorter life expectancy than their parents. Do you believe this event is a step towards reversing that trend?
This is exactly WHY I am creating this event at the root! I am scared for Megan, I see chronic illness in my child and not in myself? This is not logical! Parents and Children and those who are entering adulthood need to understand the risks they are taking in the grocery store, in the drive thru and know that every decision to buy sugary or diet beverages, every decision to have that drive thru meal for dinner is damaging you and your children and is shortening your life span. I KNOW that my bad decisions have created this for my daughter and I have also seen 2 men in their 30′s die of Fatty Liver Disease in the last 6 months! I am sorry but Megan is going to live longer than that and dammit i will make sure she outlives me if its the last thing i do! Please do not take your childrens health for granted like i did!!