cheese in all meals served in the Albany County School District in an attempt to battle childhood obesity. Dr. Neil Barnard, president of PCRM, says “Typical cheeses are 70 percent fat, and the type of fat they hold is mainly saturated fat—the kind that increases your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Cheese is also loaded with cholesterol and sodium. Americans eat more than 33 pounds of cheese per person per year—three times more than they did
in 1970—and our country is more obese than ever.”
Currently almost 60% of NYS adults are either overweight or obese and nearly 1 in every 4 children under the age of 18 are obese. It is obvious that something needs to change with our diets and lifestyle and I think that a change in our children's lunch menu may be a good start to helping NYS live healthier, more active lives. For more information on this campaign check out the PCRM website.