The 2011 Champions of Health and Fitness
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- America's Doctor: Regina Benjamin, MD
- Compassionate Medicine: Roseanna Means, MD
- The Wheel Deal: Chris Carney
- Budding Genius: Donna Cavato
- Tough-Love Trainer: Jillian Michaels
- Healing Force: Kathryn Schmitz, PhD
- Class Act: John Skretta
- Action Heroine: Jessica Biel
- Social Networker: Chris Downie
- Food Revolutionary: Jamie Oliver
Food Revolutionary: Jamie Oliver
By Cristina Goyanes
Rotisserie chicken. Steamed broccoli. Fresh fruit salad. Those are just some of the healthy foods being served in the Cabell County school district in Huntington, West Virginia, thanks to chef Jamie Oliver, whose Emmy Award-winning TV show, Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, helped overhaul lunch menus that were filled with processed, fatty fare. "Learning about food and how to cook are important life skills," Oliver says. "We have a responsibility to teach our kids these skills." He has made great strides in England, his home country: After hundreds of thousands of people signed his online petition calling for better food for kids, the government announced an almost $1 billion investment to improve nutrition in schools. Last year Oliver started a similar petition in the United States that has more than 622,000 signatures; he plans to present it to Congress. Now, after recently winning a $100,000 award from TED, a nonprofit that helps advance world-changing ideas, Oliver is working to educate families about healthy eating through community cooking programs. "A little food knowledge goes a long way," he says. "I want people to be armed with the skills to make healthy changes."
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, January 2011.
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