19 September 2012

Alameda County, Calif., school district joins the Meatless Monday movement

Pleasanton Unified, located in Alameda, Calif., is the latest school district to join the Meatless Monday movement, and The Humane Society of the United States is praising them for the decision.

“Choosing meat-free options just one day a week helps spare animals from factory farms, helps our environment, and improves our health,” said Kristie Middleton, food policy manager at The Humane Society of the United States. “We’re pleased that Pleasanton Unified School District is the latest district to show that being healthy can also be delicious.”

To promote a healthy diet and to explore the benefits of eating meat-free, Pleasanton Unified School District will offer strictly meat-free meals in elementary cafeterias every Monday.

“At Pleasanton Unified School District, we believe that healthy eating helps create healthy minds,” said Frank Castro, director of child nutrition services. “We’re participating in Meatless Monday to introduce our students to the wide variety of healthy, delicious plant-based foods available and encourage healthier eating decisions.”

Since 2003 the Meatless Monday Movement has worked to promote cutting out meat one day each week to improve our own health and also the health of the planet. It’s very important for kids to learn about the Movement early on in life so that they can continue to make smart decisions as they grow.

Interestingly, polls show that 50 percent of people in the United States are aware of the Meatless Monday movement, with one in five participating in it. The number will continue to grow and will continue to make a huge difference in the world, while raising awareness about animal welfare, environmental, and even public health impacts of industrial meat production. Together, we can work to make the world—plus the people and the animals in it, happier and healthier.

For more information on the HSUS, visit them online at http://www.humanesociety.org/.

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