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Jamie Oliver Is Fighting the Right Battles

Posted: 11/18/11 07:15 PM ET

Yesterday night I was invited to a cocktail party hosted by Food Revolution's leader Jamie Oliver.

Jamie was in town and the cocktail party was an excuse to see what has been done in the war against child obesity in the states.

It was a lovely event with Bellinis and appetizers. I saw old friends and met new ones.

Laurie David was there, so was Lucy Lean, an old friend who, I learn yesterday, is now working with chef Ramsay.

We were having a great time but Jamie, after showing an inspirational video about the progress of the revolution, started to talk and the first thing he said was that the House of Representatives had just passed a bill that abandons proposals that threatened to end the reign of pizza and french fries on federally funded school lunch menus by declaring french fries and pizza (?) vegetables.

I was not aware of that and it came as a shock. After all the efforts we put in improving school lunches, this was a terrible blow.

Jamie was his usual optimistic self and promised more fights, more involvement.

One of the things he talked about was a grand plan involving UCLA and the Food Revolution and the creation of a center dedicated to good food. I immediately volunteered to help.

We need help, from everyone.

It's a call to action.

Help, with money, resources, love.

Get involved, help the cause.

For our children and our future.