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Oliver demanded better school food
The reason why I have published Oliver’s (The Naked Chef’s) photo is mainly due to the fcat that I too am a chef of some repute (not for
nakedness) but for being the only one to whom both ‘sharp’ & ‘blunt’
apply at the same time and in the same breath and most particularly
because in 1980 as a Chairman of School Governors I championed,
amongst equality of access to good education for all including females, I championed introduction of compulsory subjects viz school PE (Physical Education), after school games, atheletics, inter-school competitions, nutrition, science applied to health, home economics including cooking skills, good citizenship etc. For that reason I really admire the initiative taken by Oliver in attracting the Govt’s attention to the august and necessary cause – to save the nation from self-inflicted obesity and associated health problems which this Country is storing up which will affect its economy and performance and global satnding in the future.
Public Health (both physical & mental) is another big issue I have been involved in as a previous Deputy Chair of Milton Keynes PPI (Public & Patients Involvement in Health) Forum from where I have continued to influence the Govt towards the same agenda. I am glad that the Govt has listened and made reasonable changes befiting the august cause.