2011 Super Bowl Star Promotes Healthy School Lunches
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley recently partnered with PCRM on “Sack Your Old Lunch!” The print ad encourages readers to spread the message that school lunches should provide healthful options that fight childhood obesity.
Childhood obesity has reached an all-time high in the United States—and that puts our kids’ health at risk. Unfortunately, menus in many school lunch programs are still too high in saturated fat and cholesterol and too low in nutrient-rich vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.
While many factors contribute to childhood obesity, poor nutrition plays a leading role: More than 70 percent of schools serve meals too high in saturated fat to comply with federal dietary regulations, according to the government’s School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study.
In the public service announcement, Woodley, who knows how essential good nutrition is for optimum health and physical and mental performance, tells readers how they can learn more about PCRM’s Healthy School Lunch campaign. More healthful school meals could play a critical role in the fight against obesity, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension in children and teens:
- Low-fat, cholesterol-free entrées are the key step in obesity and disease prevention.
- Foods served in schools should promote the health and nutritional needs of all children.
- Meals should include a variety of low-fat vegetable dishes and fresh or dried fruits.
- When low-fat, cholesterol-free entrées are offered regularly to students, they are more likely to choose these healthful options and develop good eating habits.
Woodley’s PSA also highlights HealthySchoolLunches.org, a PCRM website packed with healthy recipes, nutrition information, and other resources for students, parents, teachers, and school food service workers.
To view “Sack Your Old Lunch!” and other PCRM TV, radio, and print PSAs, visit PCRM's PSA page.