NY City Schools ban processed meat

Children eat healthy school lunchThere’s more good news from New York! New York City has the largest public school system in the country with a million students. We’ve written about several New York City public schools going all vegetarian.  Students, parents and teachers have been very happy at the results – they’re seeing healthier kids and better grades.

Building on that success, a few months ago the entire school system started a Meatless Mondays program. That’s Meatless Mondays for a million students, with the entire school district serving a fully vegetarian menu every Monday, starting this Fall.

In the latest news, New York is going forward with a citywide ban on processed meats in New York City schools. That means no more bologna, salami, pepperoni, or bacon on any day of the week. This is a good thing too. The World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified processed meat as a carcinogen placing it in the same category as cigarettes.

We’re impressed with the progress that New York City is making to help their kids be healthier. Come on Seattle! If New York City can do it, why can’t you?