Chef Jamie Oliver, UCLA Health System bring life-changing cooking lessons to L.A. youth
May 17, 2012
3 min read
The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation's "Big Rig" Teaching Kitchen will be on the UCLA campus to show kids how to prepare healthy meals as part of the foundation's first-ever worldwide Food Revolution Day May 19.
Celebrity chef Oliver is teaming with the UCLA Health — an institution also dedicated to healthy eating and living — for a day of events bringing together foodies, chefs, parents, educators, companies, activists and celebrities to arm people with the knowledge and tools to make healthier food choices.
Food Revolution Day encourages people around the world to make small, simple changes that lead to healthier lives. Visit www.foodrevolutionday.com to find and create local food events, sign up to host a dinner party, and request food education in your school or workplace.
11 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday, May 19
11 a.m.–2 p.m.: Tours of the "Big Rig"
2–3 p.m.: Cooking demonstration with children from Santa Monica Boys and Girls Club and recent graduates of the "Big Rig" cooking program in Santa Ana, Calif.
3–3:30 p.m.: Jamie Oliver; Dr. David Feinberg, president and CEO of the UCLA Health; and other guests on stage
3:30–5 p.m.: Musical performance by Chelsea Williams
Jamie Oliver is available for interviews from 3:30 to 4 p.m.
UCLA Medical Plaza (map)
(The "Big Rig" Teaching Kitchen truck will be located between the 200 and 300 UCLA Medical Plaza buildings.)
It is estimated that two-thirds of U.S. adults and almost a third of children are either overweight or obese. The UCLA Health's doctors and nurses treat the negative health effects of obesity and poor eating habits in patients all too frequently, and they are committed to improving the health of the community through partnerships such as Food Revolution Day. Additionally, the UCLA Health is dedicated to providing opportunities for its own doctors, nurses and staff members to embrace healthy cooking and eating habits.
Funds raised through all Food Revolution Day events will go toward Oliver's foundation projects in the UK, U.S. and Australia. In the U.S., funds will go toward launching the "Food Education Box" project at the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Each box will include fruits or vegetables along with a recipe, fun facts and a lesson plan to educate kids about cooking with fresh fruits and vegetables.
Live-feed media vehicles and vans may park on Westwood Plaza, in the southbound lane, adjacent to UCLA Medical Plaza and just north of Le Conte Avenue. No permit is required, but news credentials must be displayed.
For all other media vehicles: Please drive north up Westwood Plaza, past UCLA Medical Plaza, and obtain a complimentary parking permit at the kiosk on Westood Plaza.
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