Actress and long-time vegetarian Jennie Garth recently penned a letter to Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in which she asks the Speaker to support the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act (H.R. 5504), legislation, that if passed, would improve the quality of meals served to children both in and out of school.
“I’m writing to you because I am passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles. This past year, I have been working to educate and motivate children to make healthy choices,” explains Garth. "But nutrition education isn’t enough. We also have to make sure that every child in American can find healthy foods in their school cafeteria.”
The Beverly Hills 90210 star, who has also served as a spokesperson for Hidden Valley’s “Love Your Veggies campaign”, continues by expressing her concern for the current lack of healthy food options school cafeterias provide for children and the unfortunate repercussions that poor nutrition eventually lead to:
Right now, unfortunately, the food served in many schools is too high in saturated fat and cholesterol. Cafeterias are serving pepperoni pizza and beef burritos and other high-fat foods, and healthy choices aren’t always easy to find. That’s especially troubling because more than a third of America’s children are overweight or obese. Obesity can lead to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and some forms of cancer.Garth joins more than 30 other celebrities in support of the legislation.
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