This Friday 16 May marks the third annual Food Revolution Day, a day created by Jamie Oliver to inspire a passion for food and learning to cook.

The focus of this year’s day is on children and encouraging them to learn about healthy eating and cooking. Childhood obesity is on the rise and Chief Health Officer for the Queensland Government, Jeanette Young, says we need to take action now!

“With one in five Queensland children now overweight and a further one in ten obese, it’s time to take action to improve the health and well-being of our kids,” Dr Young says. “Early childhood is the most important development phase in life providing the foundation for healthy behaviours that lead to a better qualify of life and well-being in the long term.”

Dr Young encourages everyone to get behind the Food Revolution Day and to help educate Queensland children on the value of health and nutrition.

Food Revolution Day has been adopted in 74 countries and there are over 900 ambassadors for the cause around the world.

Jamie Oliver believes everyone should learn where their food comes from, the effects it has on the body and how to cook a healthy meal from scratch with fresh ingredients.

“Cooking is, without a doubt, one of the most important skills a person can ever learn and share. Once someone has that knowledge, that’s it – they’re set for life,” he says.

Find out more about the Healthier. Happier. campaign — including 100 healthy recipes — at healthier.qldgov.au.