24 March 2010

Vegan actor Tobey Maguire helps launch ‘Teaching Garden’

Tobey Maguire, a vegetarian for 14 years and recent vegan convert, helped launch an initiative called the Teaching Garden at Kelso Elementary school in Inglewood, CA on March 22. The program aims to educate children on the importance of ecologically safe food and the accompanying healthy lifestyle.

Maguire, best known for his role as Peter Parker and his superhero alter-ego Spiderman, is not a newbie when it comes to children’s health advocacy.

The thirty-four-year-old actor penned a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in support of healthier school lunch options being added to the Child Nutrition Act.

He wrote, “My wife and I just had our second child, so this issue is tremendously important to us. Vegetarian school options are supported by the American Medical Association and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Let me ask you please to ensure the Child Nutrition Act provides more fruits, vegetables, and healthy vegetarian foods. Young people deserve healthful food, and I can’t imagine a better investment in the future of our country.”

The Teaching Garden launch was also attended by L.A. Lakers guard Derek Fisher, Iron Chef Cat Cora and volleyball great Gabrielle Reece.

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