Auburn senior Alexis Sivcovich recently started the Jamie Oliver Food Revolution activist group for Auburn University.
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Sivcovich was a summer 2011 intern for the Food Revolution in London in their social media department.
This Food Revolution is about saving America's health by changing the way people eat. It’s currently aimed at kids and how they are growing up overweight and malnourished from a diet of processed foods. Today's children will be the first generation ever to live shorter lives than their parents, according to their website.
A typical day at the Food Revolution for Sivcovich consisted of social media marketing, creating activist groups on Facebook, posting articles on Facebook that highlight people who are trying to make a change in their diet and updating their Twitter feed with articles about the “farm to table” movement, grassroots foundations and schools that are changing the things they serve their students.
Sicvovich’s hope is that people learn the lesson that she did.
“I learned that this is the only body you get and you need to nourish it and not hurt it,” Sivcovich said. “If you can’t pronounce it then do not eat it.”
Sivcovich expressed that there is nothing beneficial about processed foods and their existence is one of the main problems with America’s diet today.
She went from eating a two cheeseburger meal at McDonald’s to searching for locally grown organic vegetables to make dinner with because of her experience with the Food Revolution team.
Sivcovich thought that since she exercised four times a week that she could eat fast-food, but her co-workers at the Food Revolution taught her that she was incorrect.
Auburn seniors Amy Cook and Kara Crowe, who were also in London, volunteered to help Sivcovich reach her goal to create awareness about the Auburn Food Revolution in the community.
So far, Sivcovich has set up a Facebook page for the activist group, visited the market at Blooming Colors in Auburn Ala., taken a trip to Earthfare to read labels and learn about healthier options and locally grown food.
Sivcovich is still in touch with her co-workers from the London edition of the Food Revolution. She was able to meet Jamie Oliver during her time as an intern. “I admire him because he literally started a revolution as cheesy as that sounds,” Sivcovich said.
Auburn students Sivcovich and Ryanesia Johnson cook with the Food Revolution team in London.
“It's time for change. It's time for a Food Revolution,” Jamie Oliver said.
The next project for the Auburn Food Revolution is a possible collaboration with the Auburn Nutrition department. Sivcovich hopes that they can offer cooking classes to teach students how to eat locally and organically in the near future.
Read Sivcovich’s article on the Food Revolution blog at: http://www.jamieoliver.com/us/foundation/jamies-food-revolution/new....
Sign Jamie Oliver’s Global Petition at: http://www.jamieoliver.com/us/foundation/jamies-food-revolution/sig.... The Food Revolution team needs 237,932 more votes to be able to take his petition to legislation.