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DC Healthy Schools Act Passes! Will Federal Law Be Next?

DC Healthy Schools Act Passes! Will Federal Law Be Next?

On June 2, the District of Columbia City Council unanimously approved the D.C. Healthy Schools Act, which will make vegan options, including fresh fruits and vegetables, more widely available in D.C.-area schools. Both the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Farm Sanctuary are actively campaigning to pass a federal Healthy School Meals Act (H.R. 4870), which would help nationwide schools provide more plant-based meals and non-dairy beverages.

 

H.R. 4870, which has drawn support from various celebrities, including Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, Tavis Smiley, and Scarlett Johansson and Tobey Maquire is a much-needed amendment to the Child Nutrition Act, the 45-year old law which governs the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. Both vegans and meat-eaters alike can agree that school lunches are a nutritional nightmare, high in fat, calories, and cholesterol. According to a blog by Care2′s Kayla Coleman, children who eat school lunches are more likely to be overweight or obese than kids who bring their lunch from home. It’s not hard to figure out why, considering that chicken nuggets, hot dogs, pizza boats, and mystery meats are staples in most school cafeterias

 

The Obama administration is currently working to overhaul the Child Nutrition Act and revise school lunch guidelines in accordance with the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations. Last fall, an Institute of Medicine panel called on the National School Lunch Program to limit the fat, calories, and sodium in school meals and to increase the amount of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains served. In the past, the Institute of Medicine has urged school lunch programs to offer fewer animal fats so that children aren’t exposed to so many dioxins—cancer-causing toxins found in meat and milk.

 

Several school districts, including the Los Angeles Unified School District, Wayland Public Schools in Framingham, Mass., and Gwinnett County public schools in Atlanta, already offer vegetarian options. By supporting  H.R. 4870 and encouraging more schools to offer healthy vegan options, we can help cultivate healthy eating habits that will last kids a lifetime.

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12:39PM PDT on Aug 20, 2011

noted.

2:21PM PDT on Sep 5, 2010

Our school district is always replacing things with more nutritious options. i.e. whole wheat, not white pasta. fresh fruit vs. canned. etc...

6:07AM PDT on Jun 14, 2010

All the food served at schools should be healthy....

7:25PM PDT on Jun 13, 2010

cool =]

6:38PM PDT on Jun 10, 2010

Hurray!!!! My son and I have become vegetarians in the last year and today were bemoaning the fact that our favorite restaurant had almost nothing we could eat. My 19 year old son was embarrassed when I told the waitress that we are vegetarians and complained that there was nothing for us to eat. I told him we must remark about it because if enough people complain maybe they will add healthy things for us.

11:33PM PDT on Jun 9, 2010

This is wonderful for a start. The healthiest people I know were influenced at an early age to eat a wide variety of foods. Not enough children have that kind of influence. This may help.

7:02PM PDT on Jun 9, 2010

Good going D.C.! Now the rest of the country needs to follow suit.

4:32PM PDT on Jun 9, 2010

It's not a bad article your not pushing the vegan agenda too much but there are not toxics in meat stop pushing the lies.

8:57AM PDT on Jun 9, 2010

Wish I had had those options.

6:15PM PDT on Jun 8, 2010

Yeah!

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