Wednesday, October 30, 2013
FIRST VEGGIE SCHOOL MENU IN THE NATION! IIIIIII LOVE NEW YOOORKK!
A public school in Flushing, NY that was the first in the nation to offer a 100 percent vegetarian lunch menu reported recently that students have improved attendance, test scores and energy in the wake of the change. Students are still allowed to brown-bag, but the overwhelming majority—about 90 percent—of students are choosing the veggie-based cafeteria food, which includes organic roasted tofu, braised black beans and falafel. P.S. 244 in Queens, NY is reporting better student test scores and lower obesity rates six month after implementing a vegetarian-only lunch menu. After one semester, the number of students at the school who were classified as overweight and obese dropped 2 percent. The school went vegetarian because the plant-based choices were superior to the meat-based ones offered by the city. Students also attend weekly nutrition classes where they learn about making smart food choices, he said. Teachers also let students whose energy is lagging to take breaks that allow them to get up for a minute and be active. The school, P.S. 244, created the vegetarian menu with the help of the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food.