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Join Twitter Co-Founder: Tweet About Healthy School Lunches

The revolution will be tweeted! The Healthy School Lunch Revolution—PCRM’s campaign to reform the Child Nutrition Act—continues to gain momentum. More than 30,000 supporters have signed the Facebook petition. And now Twitter co-founder Biz Stone has joined PCRM in asking Congress for healthy vegetarian options in school cafeterias.

DoctorsCare on TwitterIn April, Stone sent a letter to Rep. George Miller, chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Child Nutrition Act, asking for the addition of vegetarian-friendly options in children’s school lunches.

“Hundreds of thousands of students across the country don't eat meat, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. However, these young vegetarians often can't find healthy, meatless meals in the school cafeteria,” wrote Stone. “Even students who aren’t vegetarian would benefit from having low-fat, high-fiber vegetarian options.”

Rep. Miller’s response? In a tightly crafted reply—using symbols, numbers, and abbreviations to conform to Twitter’s 140-character message limit—Miller wrote, “Thanks 4 insight. Our goal 4 the child nutrition reauth is 2 improve children’s access 2 healthy & affordable meals at school.”

But Stone and Miller are just two of the tens of thousands who have gone atwitter—on the Web, over the phone, via letters, and in person—about the prospect of vegetarian school lunches.

More than 10,000 people voiced support for vegetarian and vegan options in the National School Lunch Program during nationwide listening sessions held by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to a USDA official speaking at a recent Web conference hosted by the Society for Nutrition Education, a Child Nutrition Act subcommittee.

And the May issue of IINsider, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s (IIN) newsletter, urged its readers to join PCRM’s campaign and tell Congress that students deserve vegetarian school lunch options. IIN is an organization known for its lectures and nutrition courses featuring prominent nutrition authorities, including PCRM president Neal Barnard, M.D., and Harvard School of Public Health chairman of nutrition Walter Willett, M.D.

Now it’s your turn to join—and follow—the conversation. What are you doing to help the Healthy School Lunch Revolution? Send us your 140-character response today!

Visit PCRM’s Twitter page at www.Twitter.com/PCRM and sign up to join the hundreds of people who get real-time updates on the Healthy School Lunch Revolution. Visit HealthySchoolLunches.org to learn about other ways to get involved in the campaign.



 

PCRM Online, June 2009

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