Vegetarian Cafeteria Tackles Childhood Obesity

The Active Learning Elementary School in Flushing recently became the first public school in the country to offer solely vegetarian food in the student cafeteria. The initiative is part of a citywide effort to promote healthy habits that counteract childhood obesity.
The hope is that other schools will also re-evaluate their meal plans and adopt similar menus to encourage kids to adopt healthy food habits. The students like the new choices and great tastes so far.
A vegetarian diet emphasizes eating fruit and vegetables plus plant-based proteins, which are lower in fats and cholesterol than animal-based proteins. The Active Learning Elementary School supplies protein with beans, seeds and soy, plus low-fat dairy.
Balanced vegetarian and vegan food plans are healthy and nutritionally adequate; they can even prevent and treat certain diseases, according to the American Dietetic Association. The association adds that balanced vegetarian and vegan diets are appropriate for any stage of life–including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence and for athletes.
School is where kids learn things like math and reading, so why stop there? Programs like this can give children a foundation of good nutrition. With officials and great chefs on board, this looks like a win-win for everyone involved.

2 Responses to “Vegetarian Cafeteria Tackles Childhood Obesity”

  1. Betty Olt

    This is some of the best news I’ve heard in a long time. Vegetarianism not only combats obsesity but I’m sure helps to stave off other diseases. Also this food choice is a compassionate one and helps protect our planet’s natural resources.
    The elementary school is Flushing is to be applauded!

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  2. Marjorie Young

    The government reimbursement for these lunches has to have decreased, and the cost of providing it has to have increased. The food the government gives schools for free is what is helping contribute to the obesity epidemic. However they managed to pull this off, I give them a HUGE amount of credit! Our children are in school to learn…they need REAL food to feed their brains!

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