Locals review "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution"
"Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" focuses on Oliver's efforts in Huntington in 2009 to promote healthier eating habits by encouraging food preparation from fresh ingredients. Those efforts were focused on local schools, families and a kitchen to teach people how to cook. Each week, we will have local residents weigh in on the episodes.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Forrest McGuire on final episode

Forrest McGuire, 17, is a senior and student body president at Huntington High School, where part of "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" was filmed. He is captain of the Huntington High men's soccer team and a member of the Huntington High swim team. He is an active member in the HHS Young Republicans, Key Club and Student Council. He plans on attending Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in the fall and majoring in business.

General thoughts of finale?
Great episode, at first like some of the other people on the show I thought that this whole series was just rubbish but then I realized that this was more than just a TV. show and a guy trying to make money off of it. This last episode especially emphasized the importance of his love for the kids and what he wants to accomplish out of getting the people of Huntington into this food revolution and how it needs to succeed and carry on even when he leaves back to England.

Do you think the show accomplished anything?

Yes, very much so. I personally can say that I’ve seen change in Huntington High School. The guy that was with Jamie in this episode, his assistant that's helping with the food revolution I’ve seen him at our school and our menus have changed drastically because of his help and the other people under him that have come in and changed our school food to be more nutritious, fresh and definitely more delicious. We have fresh food every day and most of it if not all of it is made from scratch, it has really made an impact on the schools and also our community of Huntington.

Now that the show is over and the media coverage fades, will the community sustain the changes?
It will, even though Jamie has gone he has planted a seed that will grow into a garden of success and by getting people to back him up here in Huntington he can go back to his home knowing that people here do care and are right beside him in this food revolution. It might need to be checked up on every once and a while by someone like Jamie to see that the schools and community are still on track.

What wasn’t addressed in the entire show that you feel should have been talked about?

Nothing really, it all seemed to be well addressed and the message behind the actions were shed in a very positive light.

Are you disappointed that the show didn’t feature Ritter Park or any of the 5K events we regularly do?

It would have been nice to show that in the community we have events such as the 5K run that promote healthy lifestyles but all in all it didn't negatively impact Huntington. It still showed that we were changing and that people were actually losing weight in the couple months that Jamie had been gone.