Did you know that 33 - 53% of kids will end up with type 2 diabetes, if something doesn't change? Half of all kids in the U.S. already have fatty streaks in their arteries. This is early stage heart disease. Kids as young as eight years old are being prescribed blood pressure and cholesterol lowering drugs. Processed meats are known cancer causers. The biggest killers in the U.S. are primarily caused by diet. Helping kids get off to a healthy start, and providing healthy food and nutrition education in school is so important. In addition to the students, we educate the whole school community.
The Coalition for Healthy School Food works to get healthy plant-based options on school lunch menus, creates educational resources, and educates students, parents, teachers, staff, and food service personnel.
In partnership with the New York City Office of SchoolFood, we have helped three schools in New York City adopt vegetarian menus. We are developing a new curriculum and are piloting it at two schools this spring, including at our newest vegetarian school. We also work with schools outside of New York City.
As a rider for the Coalition for Healthy School Food, you will help to raise funds to support our programs! Thank you!