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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