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“Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” finale airs Friday. Are you watching?

Credit: ABC

Credit: ABC

And so it ends. The sixth and final episode of “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” airs this Friday on ABC in a stadium. From the promos, it looks like there will be tears, hugs, surprises and twists aplenty, and general yumminess bursting over Huntington, West Virginia, like fireworks.

I’ve streamed the first three episodes online, and will certainly see the rest. Though I find some of the reality TV tropes cheesy and manipulative, the message of this show is incredibly compelling, and its truths cut deep. It presents a powerful indictment of our food system.

Have you been watching the show? Do you think Jamie Oliver is really planting the seeds for change in our school lunch programs nationwide, or do you find his quest too idealistic?

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April 21st, 2010
10:09 am

I think this show is must-see TV for basically anyone. As a father, it angers me to see what’s going on in our school systems. I applaud his effort and he seems genuine. As a natural cynic, I don’t think anything will change because we’re all to apathetic. Jamie’s going about it the wrong way, he should threaten to cut off American Idol from unhealthy citizens and the schools would be filled with fruits and veggies. Unfortunately, that won’t happen.


April 21st, 2010
10:18 am

I certainly hope he is! I have really enjoyed the show, especially Alice the lunch lady “villan”. I think he has really shed some light on the USDA guidelines for school meals but I’m concerned that too many people will dismiss what he has shown about the school lunch program as what “they” (West Virginia) do without realizing that those guidelines are nationwide. I’m curious about the feedback from the people in Huntington now that the show is on the air.


April 21st, 2010
10:22 am

RE: the cheesiness of reality TV, this is a reminder of the difference between a PBS documentary and something on ABC. A PBS version would be more informative and less dramatic, but in this case it would have not gotten the attention this important topic deserves.

What’s really interesting is that now several retired military generals have recognized this as a national security issue due to the large number of overweight and obese recruits.

Still not sure enough parents have the motivation or time to change this culture of poor eating habits in a way that will make a difference. At least the problem is out in the open.


April 21st, 2010
10:40 am

For a show supposedly focusing on healthy options, there was a lot of tripe.


April 21st, 2010
1:37 pm

Despite the TV drama cheese that producers go for to attract advertisers, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution is one of the most important shows on TV. I do believe it is starting a conversation that is absolutely necessary to the health of our children and to our future. Obesity is killing us and our children. One other thing I like about the show is that it doesn’t just gloss over the supposed financial reasons for why schools are putting out these carb heavy unhealthy meals. These are issues that have to be dealt with in order to create change. I hope he continues this show and his program in several other cities and that the momentum continues to build.


April 21st, 2010
2:27 pm

“Still not sure enough parents have the motivation or time to change this culture of poor eating habits in a way that will make a difference. ” The motivation is saving their childrens’ lives and the time is going to the grocery store and not getting chip, cookes, ice cream and all that crap. I’m from the ol’ shcool and still don’t understand this whole thing with asking kids what they want for dinner. This is what we’re having for dinner. You can eat it or go to bed hungry. When you move out, then you can decide what YOU want for dinner.


April 21st, 2010
2:33 pm

They were serving tripe?


April 21st, 2010
2:51 pm

Unfortunately, it is not only about the nutrition our kids receive at school, but the true lack of exercise. Recess for only 15 minutes of the day in elementary school (5 of those minutes spent walking in & out of the building), PE 1x per week – most of the rest of the time spent in classrooms sitting still. Last Child in the Woods & No Child Left Inside get back to the idea that we are missing something critical in our schools by encouraging mainly sedentary activities. With Fulton County adding 11 minutes to each school day, it seems like a perfect chance to increase recess & physical activity time without impeding on current instruction time. Get those kids moving!


April 21st, 2010
3:27 pm

Great points PJ! Unfortunately, with school budgets shrinking, adding physical education, or other vital programs is difficult. However, companies like Georgia Natural Gas are helping to alleviate some of the financial pressures on GA schools. If you haven’t heard of the Georgia Natural Gas TrueBlue Schools program, check it out at It’s a simple way to raise funds for your school without spending anything extra. Their will be a TrueBlue Schools Pep Rally for Georgia Education w/ Chef Marvin Woods at Phipps on Thursday, May 6 at 7pm. Rally your schools and join in the Georgia Revolution! You could win up to $1,000 for your school during the event!


April 21st, 2010
3:34 pm

PJ, my daughter is almost four and is in daycare so we are not in the public school system yet…I had no idea that most kids are only allowed to go on the playground for 5 minutes a day for recess and PE is only ONCE a week? WHAT? I really am shocked! I guess it depends on the school. I find that TOTALLY unacceptable.


April 21st, 2010
4:22 pm

Have a former coworker, her 6 year old son already weighs about 125lbs..
She does nothing about it be because that’s her baby..It’s enough to make you rethink the way that you and kids eat..

love the food revolution

April 21st, 2010
4:44 pm

Ann – typically recess is a 25 or 30-minute block. What PJ said was roughly 15 minutes is actually spent on the playground with 5 minutes on each side for the transition in and out of the building. P.E. is not a daily thing anymore, at least not in our school. The first half of the year, my kids had it once a week. The second half of the year, it increased to twice a week. That is why they did martial arts for four years. When our kids decided to give that up, we still required they do something physical several times a week. My oldest walks the dog daily. Our youngest either plays or swims. It’s not always perfect but at least they’re moving.

No worries

April 21st, 2010
4:46 pm

Jeez, people, nobody needs to do anything. Soon there will be laws and regulations to require us to eat healthy.

Nobody has to take responsibility for themselves or their children. You know, like going to the school and finding out what your kids are eating. How much exercise they’re getting. Sending a healthy lunch if you disagree. Joining the PTA and assisting with recess activities.

Everybody needs to just calm down and wait for somebody else to take that over for you. No worries.


April 21st, 2010
4:55 pm

Whatever it takes. Of course the show is scripted but poor nutrition is being recognized not only in my hometown Huntington but everywhere. I live in Seattle now.


April 22nd, 2010
8:37 am

I have been watching; but, frankly, Jamie is starting to wear thin on me. I appreciate that he was trying to do a good thing, but I just do not think anyone is going to change. I am glad this is the last episode.

Greg B

April 22nd, 2010
10:27 am

I’m a big long-time fan of Jamie – been following the episodes on hulu with our whole family hunkered around the laptop. I am hopeful that some of his big messages, getting rid of cheap carbs, sugar and processed foods, will be noticed in schools and institutions (and homes). The simple notion of “eating proper freshly prepared foods” should be a no-brainer.

Andy Floyd

April 23rd, 2010
7:03 pm

I like the message of the show and it is hitting mainstream ratings. However, I went to a potluck at my kids school last night which is part of the Boulder Valley School District whose lunch program is being revised by the Ann Cooper the Rebel Lunch Lady and what did our PTO purchase: Dominos Pizza. The rest of the families brought Safeway fried chicken, pre-made potato salad and cupcakes. So we have along way to go in this country if people can’t even be bothered to bring anything homemade to a potluck.

School lunch revolution

April 25th, 2010
7:53 pm

I was amazed that ABC put this program on the air on a Friday night. It has been very entertaining and informative. I hope people realize that most school lunch programs are just as damaging as the one shown on Jamie’s show. It is not just W Virginia! If you want to know more, Jamie Oliver has a great website…Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. Also, our local schools are starting to make Some change..a few have school gardens and are feeding the kids fresh produce and teaching them some basic gardening skills. It is a start.