Healthy Kids. Happy Planet.
Lean and Green Kids sponsored the first ever legislation calling for daily plant-based vegetarian school lunches, the CA Healthy School Lunch Act, Assembly Concurrent Resolution 16 (2003, Nation). Soon after, New York, Florida and Hawaii followed suit. Resolution endorsements came from every major health organization, as well as the CA State PTA, The Federation of Student Councils and the CA Superintendent of Public Instruction.
The Resolution and the above mentioned USDA and USDE programs serve as vital tools to improve school lunches, all of which serve to support LGK advocacy efforts, examples of which are...
Our work on the Oceanside School Wellness committee led to an increase inplant-based vegetarian school lunch options, marketed as "lean and green - good for you and the planet too," which let to a national award and major media attention in People magazine!
Most recently we exhibited at the National Childhood Obesity Conference, read our Call to Action for Health Professionals.
LGK was one of the first to “openly” and passionately testified at USDA regional hearings, urging promotion of plant-based vegetarian meals. Our voice was heard, when the USDA updated criteria for the “Healthier US School Challenge” program. Updated criteria for the “gold award” requires schools to provide and prominently promote bean-based vegetarian meals. And the new US Department of Education Green Ribbons Schools Award also encourages promotion of plant-based meals in school towards better environmental stewardship.
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