Are you a parent, teacher, health care professional, or
concerned California resident? Do you want to see healthy, plant-based meals in
schools? The state of California wants to hear from you.
The California Department of Education and Board of
Education are currently calling on California residents to submit written
comments on the state’s proposed Nutrition Guidelines for School Breakfast and
Lunch to determine which foods will be served to students in California schools.
Healthy school meals are important: In the United States
today, one in three children is now overweight or obese, will have type 2
diabetes, and is at risk of heart disease. Serving students healthy, plant-based
foods and limiting processed meat and dairy products—which are major sources of
cholesterol, sodium, and calories—can help.
Please join us in encouraging California schools to:
1. Offer a plant-based
entrée at each meal. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes are low
in saturated fat, free of cholesterol, and packed with vitamins, minerals,
phytochemicals, and fiber. These foods help prevent childhood obesity, type 2
diabetes, and heart disease. They can also help protect the environment by
curbing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing water use, when compared to
2. Remove processed
meat. In 2015, the World Health Organization classified processed meat—or
hot dogs, pepperoni, bacon, and deli meat—as carcinogenic to humans. The
authors of the report highlighted a meta-analysis that found that each 50-gram
portion of processed meat—approximately the size of a hot dog or two strips of
bacon—eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent.
3. Offer dairy
alternatives. Dairy products are the top source of saturated fat in the American
diet. Tens of millions of Americans also
suffer from lactose intolerance. Plant milks can provide calcium, protein, and
other vitamins and minerals without any of the health risks associated with
We have provided text for you, but we encourage you to
personalize your message to make it stand out—especially if California’s school
lunch program personally impacts you or your child. If you decide to write your
own e-mail, please be polite and encouraging. Comments are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday,
November 5, 2018, so please submit yours soon.
Prioritize children's health
Dear [Decision Maker],
Thank You,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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