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13 Jul The Push for Healthy School Lunches

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Photo Credit: Doug Beghtel, The Oregonian

The Healthy School Lunch Campaign, sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), is dedicated to improving the food served to children in schools by educating government and school officials, food service workers, parents, and others about the food choices best able to promote children’s current and long-term health.

This evening Rip will be part of a special event sponsored by PCRM at the School Nutrition Association’s annual national conference in Dallas. Rip will share the health benefits of a Plant-Strong diet with conference attendees that incude school cooks, cafeteria managers, nutrition education specialists and district directors and M.C. a showcase of plant-strong vegetarian food products.

The plug for attendees to register for this event:

“All students—not just vegetarian students—benefit from more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. Plant-based meals help decrease intake of saturated fat and cholesterol and increase intake of fiber and certain vitamins and minerals.”


Please do your part to stand up for the Healthy School Meals Act and contact Congress today!

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Ami Mackey

Ami Mackey is the Curator of Creative Content at Engine 2. She is also a food coach at Engine 2 and has been plant-strong since 2011. When she isn't attending to all things Engine 2, she is the Program Director at St Louis All City Boxing a nonprofit youth program. She has earned certificates from eCornell in Plant-Based Nutrition & Fitness Nutrition from NASM.

  • April
    Posted at 21:56h, 14 July

    Kudos! to you guys for once again trying to make a difference. I am reading Dr. Fuhrman’s ‘Disease Proof your Child’. He states in his book how the diet of children under the age of 10 will most likely be the diet they adopt for the rest of their lives.

    I think it is vital to add nutrition, plant-based nutrition’ to the curriculum in schools. Dr. Fuhrman also states how eager young grade school students are to learn how to get their parents to cook the healthy recipes he wa sable to teach them while visiting a class room.
    Children are smart and if given the right education on the foods they are eating and how they can hurt or help them, may make their choices a bit more easier. What is the use of the education if we are setting kids up to have heart attacks or deady diseases before they are old enough to benefit from their education?

  • Sarah
    Posted at 12:41h, 20 July

    It was a fantasic event! (Even with the constant plate/fork clanging – we were just enjoying your delicious recipes!!)
    I am now considering having a day each week we really promote and hype a meatless menu option. Appreciate the inspiration!

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