Many of us may well wonder why it took us until 2013 to get here,
but P.S. 244 in Queens, New York, set out to change the face of education when
it announced that it would be making the switch to an all-vegetarian lunch program. And when students’ attendance, energy levels, and attention
spans—and, thus, their test scores—all improved, everyone cheered! After
just one semester, the number of students who were classified as overweight or
obese dropped 2 percent, according to Principal Robert Groff.
Considering the program’s success, we’re encouraging more schools to
hop on the vegetable truck with P.S. 244. So, we’re pitching a great idea to
New York State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr.: Improve the health and
performance of all students by
implementing an all-vegetarian lunch program in all public schools statewide.
will provide children with all the protein, vitamins, and fiber that they need
without the artery-clogging cholesterol and saturated fat found in meat and
dairy products. In fact, the late Dr. Benjamin Spock wrote,
“Children who grow up getting their nutrition from plant foods rather than
meats have a tremendous health advantage. They are less likely to develop
weight problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, and some forms of cancer.”
hoping the education department is wise to the value of the veggie. But parents
and educators everywhere can help their kids get healthier with a little help from PETA Kids.
Article source: PETA Files