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Pittsburgh, Pa.—At a One Young World press conference held in the green rooftop edible garden at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens today, October 18, internationally renowned chef Jamie Oliver kicked off his Food Revolution in Pittsburgh, challenging community leaders to join him in fostering better eating habits among local families. In response, Let’s Move Pittsburgh—a collaborative of organizations, parents and caregivers committed to making our region one of the healthiest places in the nation for children to live—has launched 10,000 Tables, a pledge encouraging area households to prepare and eat at least one homemade, screen time-free meal together per week for one year.
Open to anyone who wishes to participate, 10,000 Tables is intended not only to increase the overall number of nutritious meals served around family tables in 2013, but also to provide tools for long-term success. As part of the pledge, Let’s Move Pittsburgh will equip participants with helpful resources for making smart shopping choices, growing healthy ingredients at home, and cooking more nutritiously for kids. Free community events offered in collaboration with partnering local organizations will be offered throughout the year as well, and households will have a chance to offer feedback on their progress.
“Let’s Move Pittsburgh launched the 10,000 Tables pledge in support of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution because we know that kids in families that eat home-cooked, screen-free meals together are healthier and have a better chance of developing good habits that will last them a lifetime,” says Richard V. Piacentini, executive director of Phipps and director of Let’s Move Pittsburgh. “Ultimately, our hope is to help give our region’s children the bright future they deserve.”
Those desiring to take the 10,000 Tables pledge are invited to do so at www.letsmovepittsburgh.org. On this site, parents, caregivers and professionals can also find information on the benefits of healthy foods, screen time reduction and increased physical activity in curbing childhood obesity, as well as tips and other practical resources, including an option to sign up for Let’s Move Pittsburgh’s monthly e-news.
About Phipps: Established in 1893, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pa. stands as an eco-champion among America’s 500 public gardens with a mission to inspire and educate visitors with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and worldwide biodiversity through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse. Learn more at phipps.conservatory.org.
About Let’s Move Pittsburgh: Let’s Move Pittsburgh is a collaborative of organizations, parents and caregivers in southwestern Pa. committed to leading children in our region toward a healthier future. Our work is inspired by the national Let’s Move! campaign to curb childhood obesity with healthy foods, decreased screen time and increased physical activity. Learn more at www.letsmovepittsburgh.org.
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