49 New York schools adopt vegetarian program that makes learning about food choices fun

by , 01/30/16

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49 schools in New York have adopted a plant-based nutrition program to help kids learn to make healthier choices. The program – called the Daily Scoop – is led by Lean and Green Kids and involves almost 300 schools in California, Colorado, and New York. By incorporating daily nutrition tips into the regular school day, the campaign aims to combat the barrage of unhealthy food advertisements kids see, while also helping them protect animals and reduce their carbon footprint.

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In Defense of Animals, an international animal protection organization based in California, announced today that 49 schools in six school districts in New York have joined the campaign for plant-based nutrition education. The Daily Scoop is comprised of consistent, easy-to-understand nutrition tips with a focus on fruits, vegetables, and plant-based protein meals. School children are exposed to the tips at various times of the day, such as during morning announcements and in lessons taught by teachers. Rather than focusing solely on the science behind healthy eating, the program incorporates cultural, social, and environmental elements in a fun way, making the information more readily accessible to kids.

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“We are proud to be supporting children in New York to reach their full potential through the power of healthy, plant-based nutrition. Overwhelming demand for the Daily Scoop shows that educators are hungry for positive change.” said Dr Marilyn Kroplick, President of In Defense of Animals, in a statement. “Plant-based eating is becoming very popular as people recognize the huge variety of positive benefits.”

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  1. roughdesigns January 29, 2016 at 8:38 pm
    Hundreds of schools provide much of the caloric and nutritional needs of impoverished children. Tens of thousands need to sock away ever calorie and as many nutrients they can since they won't be seeing squat at home at night, all the weekend, summer...... Which means easy to shovel in fast during meal times, familiar and desirable. It's VITAL to not loose sight of the needs of ALL in our race to perfection. Oh, and I was a vegetarian for nearly a decade, btw work HS and College by the time I got home, there was little dinner left except the starch of the day. There's a lot more to it then broccoli though, complex food compliments to release all nutrients, proteins and calories and of course being an adventurous eater.