Students in New York City’s public schools are getting a taste of what life will be like under the new Adams administration. Starting this week, municipal schools will introduce “Vegan Fridays,” which will feature a meal consisting of vegetable tacos, broccoli, and a carrot and lemon salad as the first course.
Initially, the city will only serve cheese sandwiches as a backup; however, officials have stated that non-vegan products will be accessible upon request. According to one school, vegan breakfasts will consist of bagels and jelly, as well as cereal. Drinks appear to be excluded from the new law, and milk will continue to be available.
During his mayoral campaign, Adams, a strong and vocal vegan, pledged to make school lunches, which are provided free of charge to the 930,000 kids, healthier.
According to the mayor, “plant-based options in schools means healthy eating and healthy living, as well as increasing the quality of life for thousands of New York City students.”
Adams backed a pilot project in Brooklyn that served as the foundation for the citywide implementation of Meatless Mondays in 2019. Last spring, meatless Fridays were instituted.
In the words of Eugenia Gianos, Director of Cardiovascular Prevention for Northwell Health and Director of Women’s Heart Health at Lenox Hill Hospital, “the earlier in life that we can establish healthy eating habits, the better.” “I see our young people struggling with overweight, obesity, and even diabetes at younger and younger ages. Plant-based diets have been shown to help people maintain a healthy weight, therefore I commend this great step.”
Following a vegan diet in 2016, Adams claims that he has been able to reverse the consequences of Type 2 diabetes, including vision loss in his left eye and nerve damage in his extremities. He wrote a book, “Healthy at Last: A Plant-Based Approach to Preventing and Reversing Diabetes and Other Chronic Illnesses,” which will be published in 2020.