Thanks to the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), students may have some milk alternatives and healthier veggie options added to the lunch menu. According to a new press release:
"The Healthy School Meals Act of 2010, H.R. 4870—which will be introduced this week by Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado—would reward school districts with additional food aid if they offer most students plant-based vegetarian food choices every day. The bill, which has already drawn support from Rep. John Conyers and 30 other co-sponsors, would create a pilot program to provide select schools with high-fiber, low-fat vegetarian protein products and nondairy milk options."
In support of this bill, the PCRM argues that offering healthier vegetarian options would help schools to fight obesity, comply with federal nutrition standards, and meet the dietary needs of kids.
Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research. For more information, see www.pcrm.org