Earlier this week, the San Diego Unified School District board voted to instate Meatless Mondays in its kindergarten through eighth-grade cafeterias. The dietary measure is an attempt by the school system to curb the 28-percent obesity rate among San Diego children. According to NBC, some proposed veg-friendly dishes to be served next fall include tofu and vegetable stir fry, baked potatoes, and grilled vegetable paninis. While there were a few naysayers, the dietary overhaul has garnered support from a majority of the school board and health professionals. Larry Hansen MD, a professor at the University of California, San Diego, gave the board five reasons why they should indulge in Meatless Mondays: “Heart disease, cancer, strokes, diabetes, and obesity, all of which are linked to eating too much meat,” he was quoted by NBC.
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