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Sarah Silverman Advocates for Healthier School Lunches

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Washington, June 23, 2010 | comments
Sarah Silverman is America's newest celebrity advocate for healthy school lunches. Ms. Silverman is urging Congress to support the Healthy School Meals Act of 2010, a bill that would help schools serve healthier meal options.

Silverman joins other celebrity supporters in their support of this Act, including Scarlett Johansson, Woody Harrelson, and Ellen DeGeneres.

Read her letter to Congressman George Miller.

Here's the text of the letter shown below:

Dear Congressman Miller,

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. I want to ask you to join the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine in supporting the Healthy Meals Act, which would help school add healthy vegetarian meal options.

All kids -- vegetarian or not -- should have healthy options. I think we forget the simple fact that what we put in our bodies directly effects [sic] 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.

That's why I'm asking for your help. Schools want to serve better food, but they need assistance. The Healthy School Meals Act (H.R. 4870), recently introduced by Rep. Jared Polis, would provide financial rewards to help schools add more fruits, vegetables, and plant-based options to their lunch lines.

I'm positive we can make a difference. 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.

Sincerely,

Sarah Silverman
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