Create more healthy and vegetarian meal options in the Bellingham Public School district.

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In high school, students are hard at work studying, planning for their future, and participating in extracurricular activities. Because of this, proper nutrition is vital the success of all students. Unfortunately, many students are chronically unhappy with the meal provided and may skip it altogether because it doesn't taste good or doesn't fit their dietary needs. Providing healthy vegetarian meal options is an appropriate step towards a solution to this problem, as would more nutrition than a burger or a slice of pizza as a bonus! Providing healthy vegetarian options on a daily basis could both positively affect the national obesity crisis and help students learning throughout the day. 33.7% of American adults are obese; teenagers in high schools are a year or two away from becoming legal adults and should be encouraged to make choices that set them up for success. If we want a lower population of adults facing serious health problems then our public schools need to set a better example than just serving burgers and pizza in high school. Not only will this proposal help promote better health, it will also allow vegetarians and dietary restricted students have more choices in schools and create a higher quality and inclusive learning environment. By lacking vegetarian options in school meals, the Bellingham School District is not fairly serving the necessary tools for success to students who are vegetarian or who keep kosher/halal. Providing fruits and vegetables with the meat-based meals is simply not enough as it these do not contain the sufficient protein and carbohydrate intake necessary for a balanced diet. Schools need to provide a full vegetarian meal option so that students can get enough nutrition and calories from the meal. Sign this petition to come together as a community to have more healthy vegetarian meal options be provided in the Bellingham School District.

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