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Youth Should Take a Stand for Real Food

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Born in a former Soviet Union country, Georgia, I never actually knew anything about volunteerism and community service, until I spent a year in the United States as an exchange student. It absolutely changed my life and my views.

I always believed that young people have a special kind of power -- enthusiasm, which can make the impossible happen. But using this power for a common good, without any reward is what makes the magic happen. The magic of engaging and motivating people for one concrete goal: make a positive change locally, nationally and then globally.

We, as the social media generation, find it easier to connect dots and make things work. We have the potential and the tools are right in front of us, ready to use. So what's left? Act! Take action, lead the future!

It's incredible what a young person with great passion can do. Empowering and encouraging large amount of masses the change-maker can have a huge influence on the community.

That's exactly what Jamie Oliver does. He inspires people all around the globe to change their unhealthy eating habits, he motivates them to join the movement on May 19 and stand up for real food.

"For the first time in history, being overweight is killing more people than being underweight, and at least 2.8 million adults around the world die each year as a result of being overweight or obese. This has to change, and it's down to us. We need to get back to basics and start thinking about where our food comes from. We need to become a conscious community and understand the food choices we make on a daily basis. We can do this by improving food education."

Obesity has never been such a grave issue as it is in our era. The time has come when we need to recognize the mistakes of the past, time to unite for the idea of our well being, for our children and grandchildren.

We must take the responsibility to inform our peers, family and relatives, the community we live in. It's time to realize the consequences unhealthy nutrition can bring to our generation.

I firmly believe in the tremendous role the youth have towards the subject.

"Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music." (Angela Monet)

So let's go insane, because we can hear the music. Let's go insane, because we can hear what our conscious says. We deserve better food. Let's help others to hear the same... Become part of Food Revolution Day! Join the global campaign.

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