Molly Sims, Model and Actress, Urges Congress to Pass Healthy School Meals Act, H.R. 4870
Model and actress Molly Sims has advocated for adequate food, water, and shelter for children in countries such as Haiti and Mexico. Now, she's asking Congress to help her help children in the United States get healthy plant-based meals by supporting a bill that would improve child nutrition, the Healthy School Meals Act, or H.R. 4870.
Read Molly's letter below:
April 21, 2010
The Honorable George Miller
United States House of Representatives
2205 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Congressman Miller:
As a model and actress, I have long used my place in the public eye to help children. I’ve worked hard to raise money to ensure that children in Haiti, Mexico, and other countries have adequate food, water, and shelter. Now I am contacting you to help me help children in the United States. I’m joining the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in supporting a bill that would improve child nutrition, the Healthy School Meals Act, or H.R. 4870.
Many families must rely on the National School Lunch Program to provide nutritious meals for their children. They may not be able to afford to pack a lunch or give their children extra money to buy à la carte items at school. Unfortunately, the meals in school lunch lines often contain too much saturated fat and not enough fruits and vegetables.
The obesity epidemic is affecting children—even toddlers and preschoolers—at a shocking rate. A significant number of teenagers already have abnormal cholesterol levels. When these children grow older, they will have a higher risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic diseases.
That’s why I’m asking you to help ensure that all children have a chance to learn good eating habits. If children see fresh fruits and vegetables on their lunch trays, they will become familiar with these healthful foods.
The Healthy School Meals Act would help schools add more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat meal options in schools. It would even reward schools that take steps to add the nutritious options. Please join me and voice your support for H.R. 4870, the Healthy School Meals Act.