X-Men's Hugh Jackman and Biggest Loser's Jillian Michaels Back Healthy School Lunches
Hugh Jackman, star of the X-Men movies, and Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels recently urged Congress to support the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act, H.R. 5504. This House of Representatives bill that will be voted on this fall would allow more children to have access to healthful plant-based options. Join Jackman and Michaels in contacting Congress: Help ensure the vital provisions of H.R. 5504 become law.
"As a parent, I am extremely concerned about the skyrocketing rates of obesity, diabetes, and other serious health problems we’re seeing in children today,” says Jackman in his letter that was coved by Yahoo.com and several other media outlets. “I am writing to ask you to take quick action to improve nutritional standards for school meals. Please ensure that H.R. 5504, the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act, is voted on and passed this month."
In her letter urging Americans to take action and contact Congress, trainer Jillian Michaels stressed that children should see fruits, vegetables, and vegetarian meal options naturally low in fat and free of cholesterol. They shouldn’t be forced to load up on processed meat and other high-fat, high-sodium foods that could harm their health.
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“I’m the tough trainer on The Biggest Loser and Losing It with Jillian, and I am passionate about helping people reach a healthy weight. But I’m writing to you with a request that just might put me out of business,” said Michaels in her letter urging Americans to contact Congress. “I want you to help fight childhood obesity so that fewer people will need to go through the difficult process of shedding excess pounds. More than a third of America’s children are now overweight or obese. That’s why I recently wrote to Congress asking for healthy school lunches.”
H.R. 5504 includes an innovative pilot program to introduce more plant-based foods in the school lunch program and provide more funding for farm-to-school programs. It extends nutrition standards to all food sold in schools during and after school hours and provides vital funding to carry out nutrition education and wellness promotion activities. The bill also includes provisions to provide more low-income children with access to school breakfasts and nutritious meals after school, on weekends, and during the summer.
Visit HealthySchoolLunches.org today to ask Congress to pass H.R. 5504.
PCRM Online, October 2010