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Sarah Silverman Fights For Healthy School Lunches

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Go Sarah Silverman!

The comedienne is voicing her support for the Healthy School Meals Act of 2010, which promotes nutritious lunches in America's schools.

In a letter to Congressman George Miller, Silverman writes:

"I'm writing to you about something that has shocked and offended me. And trust me when I say it takes a lot to shock and offend me. Some of the foods we're feeding kids in schools are repulsive - and that unhealthy food is feeding the childhood obesity epidemic. All kids - vegetarian or not - should have healthy options. I think that we forget the simple fact that what we put in our bodies directly affects our bodies. Many kids aren't able to bring lunches from home - they have to eat what's in the lunch line. Without healthful options in the cafeteria, we're doing our children and the future of our country a great disservice. If we help children develop healthy habits early on, they'll have a lower risk of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes in the future. And that would mean lower health care costs. See? Only good comes from this. I know you're as serious as I am about helping kids succeed and stay healthy."

Couldn't have said it better ourselves!

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ScarJo Writes Her Congressmen

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Scarlett Johansson is doing something for the children.

She has written a letter to Congress, fervently urging them to support the new Healthy School Meals Act of 2010 that would provide school districts with plant-based vegetarian lunch options and healthful nondairy beverages.

Below is the letter ScarJo wrote to Congressman George Miller. It might be a good idea to send a letter of your own to your own Congress member. It certainly is a worthwhile cause.

Scarlet wrote:

Dear Congressman Miller,

I've been involved with efforts to feed hungry children for years. Millions of families in America rely on subsidized school lunches, and these meals are absolutely crucial to children's well-being. That's why I'm asking you to support the Healthy School Meals Act of 2010, a bill recently introduced by Rep. Jared Polis.

Children depend on adults to provide them with the nutrition and sustenance they need to reach their full potential. It is our responsibility, as adults, to give school children the nutrients and vitamins they so vitally need, especially during school hours where their food intake may be monitored. School is an environment where children develop life skills, skills that help them to become responsible young people who will one day be able to care for themselves. A means to a healthy diet and nutritional education must begin in the school cafeteria, on the lunch line.

I am so thankful that the National School Lunch Program exists and helps children around the nation get enough to eat. But right now, many of the foods served through this program do not support children's healthy development. Many students who eat school lunches consume too much saturated fat and cholesterol and not enough fruits and vegetables. Childhood obesity is striking young children like never before and being overweight puts kids at risk of type 2 diabeties and other chronic diseases.

Children deserve to have enough to eat- and I know you agree that they also deserve healthy food. Let's make sure the foods served in school lunch lines are as nutritious as possible. I hope you'll add your name to the growing list of lawmakers who support the Healthy School Meals Act of 2010. Children are depending on you.

Sincerley,

Scarlett Johansson

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