Some go green by recycling, some go by driving a hybrid. The New York Coalition for Healthy School Foodis showing kids that they can “go green” by simply changing what they eat.
“Often times the protein category of foods is sort of overlooked and really that's a place where we can make a huge improvement for not only for our health, but for the environment as well,” said Amie Hamlin, Executive Director of New York Coalition of Healthy School food.
The EPA says the mass production of meat contributes to the emission to greenhouse gases, which has a negative impact on the environment. The Coalition is helping kids connect the dots between eating, health and the environment showing they can improve both with a plant based diet.
“Raising animals for food contributes more to global warming, to resource usage, to pollution and choosing a diet based on plants are much better for the environment and much better for our health,” added Hamlin.
The coalition has made it their mission to promote healthy plant foods and nutrition education to the school community.“This is a life skill that is so important for children and their families and the whole school community,” said Hamlin.
The idea has paid off for P.S. 244Q, the Active Learning Academy in Queens, New York. The school partnered with the coalition going all vegetarian with their school lunches. Since then, they’ve seen improvements in academic achievement, BMI and absenteeism.
“We've seen a huge increase in achievement incredible results. We’ve been in the top 1% of New York state for the last three years,” said Bob Groff, Principal of P.S. 244Q.
“We've seen such a major difference with our students and our families I really believe this is something that we should look at as a country,’ said Groff.