Good Guys fight for food education

AS part of this year’s Food Revolution Day, The Good Guys in Moonah joined the fight to make food education compulsory in schools by rallying support and signing TV chef Jamie Oliver’s petition.

Food Revolution Day is a global day of action where people all over the world make a stand for the right to good food and essential cooking skills.

This year, the focus was on including food education in school curriculums, creating an opportunity for children to learn about food and how it affects their body.

In the lead up to Food Revolution Day on 15 May, The Good Guys urged customers to visit their Moonah-based store and sign the petition.

The Good Guys Moonah general manager Stephen Lew said he believed that practical school programs aimed at educating the next generation of Australians were vital in ensuring that health and diet-related issues facing the community were addressed.

“Food Revolution Day was an opportunity for everyone in the community to come together and fight for better nutrition standards in our primary schools,” he said.

“I am a father and some of the statistics I have read about childhood obesity just shock me.

“With less fresh [produce] and more processed foods, this will be the first generation to have a shorter life expectancy than the previous, which is astounding.”

Mr Lew said the petition drive was a great success with more than 200 petitions signed.

“The Good Guys has succeeded in making local schools reconsider the importance of food education in their schools,” he said.

“I couldn’t be happier with the result of the campaign and, having kids myself, it’s important that they are equipped with the right food knowledge of what is good and what is bad when they leave primary school.”

The Good Guys recently celebrated five years as founding partner of Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia, which has taught more than 19,000 people the health and happiness benefits of cooking from scratch.