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Healthy grocery shopping made easy with Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution

Karen Hawthorne is a health and lifestyle writer and producer in Toronto, Canada. Her work has appeared in print and online for publications including Glow, Homemakers, BestHealthMag.ca and the National Post.

Jamie Oliver's healthy grocery list

When celebrated British chef Jamie Oliver brought his healthy eating campaign to the US in a new ABC TV series, Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, he challenged Americans to change the way they eat at home, at school and in the workplace. Now a free online service can help you overhaul your grocery shopping habits to cook and eat the Jamie Oliver way.

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution

Yes, Jamie Oliver is here to start a revolution. The chef is taking on obesity, heart disease and diabetes in the US, where our nation's children are the first generation not expected to live as long as their parents.

Troubling statistics on childhood obesity

Why is changing our diet so crucial? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have some startling statistics on childhood obesity – obesity that may lead to other illnesses, such as heart disease and diabetes:

  • Nearly one in three (23 million) American children are obese or overweight.
  • In total, 17 percent of children of all ages are obese, but this rises to more than 25 percent for kids 10 to 17 years old in all but three US states.
  • Most obese children (more than 80 percent) will also be obese adults.
  • Today's generation of children are predicted to be the first to die younger than their parents due to obesity-related disease.

One solution: Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution

In the six-part TV series Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, Oliver heads to Huntington, West Virginia, which has been called the unhealthiest city in America. Through his efforts in this one town, he offers a template for change, putting people through "boot camp" to learn about balanced meals and how to cook fast and easy dishes with fresh ingredients.

Oliver's essential shopping list at your fingertips

Ready to get on board and try some of Oliver's fresh recipes? A new free-membership website helps bridge the gap between Oliver's healthy suggestions and your old food-shopping habits. To make Oliver's approach easier and more accessible for families, Cozi.com, a site that enables busy families to coordinate, communicate and manage all of their day-to-day activities from one central online location, is offering Oliver's essential grocery list for easy download to the Cozi shopping list.

Easy access to healthy grocery shopping lists

The Cozi shopping list lets you access your grocery list by computer, smartphone app, via text message to your cell phone, by calling Cozi toll-free to have a shopping list read to you or your mobile phone (go to m.cozi.com) to check off items while you're shopping. That way, you'll be less likely to end up with a cart full of processed snacks and entrees. Oliver's grocery list includes essential pantry items, spices and frozen foods, which can be added to your own Cozi shopping list by simply checking them off on Cozi.com and choosing "Add Selected Items" to populate your list with Oliver's essentials.

Potato or tomato?

Watch a clip from Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution

This video shows kids in an elementary-school class in Huntington, West Virginia, who are having trouble identifying fresh fruits and vegetables. Huntington has been called the unhealthiest city in America, where nearly half of the adults are considered obese.

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