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Hazardous Hospital Foods

Hospitals' contracts with fast food harm patients' health.

 

Nutrition Promotion

Federal nutrition policies must have the strongest plant-based recommendations to improve healthful eating, and be based on scientific evidence and free from industry bias.

 

Nutrition in Schools

Schools play a critical role in developing and sustaining healthful eating habits for children and adolescents. Federal nutrition programs such as the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program must have the strongest plant-based recommendations to improve health outcomes for those who need it the most.


Ban Processed Meat in New York City Schools

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and Council Member Fernando Cabrera have proposed a resolution to the New York City Council calling on the New York City Department of Education to ban processed meat from the city's school lunches. And now we need your support to push it through!

This landmark resolution comes on the heels of a 2015 report from the World Health Organization that declared processed meat, such as hot dogs, pepperoni, bacon, sausage, and deli meat, carcinogenic to humans. The authors highlighted a meta-analysis that found that each 50-gram portion of processed meat—approximately the size of a hot dog or two strips of bacon—eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent.

“We cannot continue feeding our children substances that are scientifically proven to increase their chances of cancer later in life,” says Borough President Adams.

Colon cancer is the third-deadliest cancer in the United States and the third-leading cause of cancer death in Brooklyn. Current menu options like Turkey Sausage Crumble, Egg, and Cheese Wrap for breakfast and the Meat Lovers Pizza with Bacon and Sausage for lunch would be replaced with healthier options.

Please let your city council member know you support this measure. Here’s how:

1. Go to the New York City Council website page of council members and districts.

2. If you don't know who your member is, do a search by entering your neighborhood or address.

3. Click on the e-mail link associated with your member on the right side of the page.

4. This should open a pre-addressed e-mail. Add a subject line and text. Here is our suggested text, but feel free to personalize.

Dear City Council Member,

I am writing to encourage you to cosponsor and support Resolution 238, introduced by Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and Council Member Fernando Cabrera, which would call on the New York City Department of Education to remove processed meat from New York City school lunches. Colon cancer is the third-deadliest cancer in the United States and the third-leading cause of cancer death in Brooklyn. Current menu options like Turkey Sausage Crumble, Egg, and Cheese Wrap for breakfast and the Meat Lovers Pizza with Bacon and Sausage for lunch would be replaced with healthier options.

Your support of Resolution 238 will protect school children from an increased risk for colorectal cancer.

Sincerely,

[Your name and New York City home address]