Students at 

 Prosper ISD 

 need balanced 

 menus - now 

 

Sign the Petition!

 

Join the coalition of parents, students, and community members in asking that Prosper ISD serve healthier, balanced meals to all their students by signing the petition below.

It's simple:

Our children deserve to be served the healthiest possible meals at school.

And we know that Prosper ISD can do better.

Our children are eating too many ultra-processed products, too much meat and eggs, and not enough fruits and vegetables. This kind of imbalanced diet contributes to 678,000 deaths in the US annually and causes 1 in 3 Americans to live with a preventable chronic illness.

And because food environment is the primary influence of food choice - especially in schools where the options are pre-decided for students, for up to 2 meals a day - Prosper ISD schools have a responsibility to create the healthiest possible menus for our children.

Nutrition science is clear. Prosper ISD menus can and must make these common sense changes.

That's why our coalition of concerned parents, students, and community members is asking Prosper ISD leadership to commit to reducing the amount of disease-promoting foods on their menus and replace them with the things we know make kids grow strong and healthy: fresh fruits and vegetables, lean plant proteins, and whole grains. 

 

The leading causes of preventable disease, chronic illness, and premature death in the United States are all related to diet and poor nutrition—diseases like diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and even some cancers. 

 

Children born today have a shorter predicted life expectancy than their parents as a result of skyrocketing diet-related diseases. We must do better for our children—but the time to act is now.

Eliminate processed meats like hot dogs, pepperoni pizza, sausage and egg sandwiches, chicken nuggets and fish sticks

Reduce the amount of foods high in cholesterol, saturated fats, and sodium like meat, egg, dairy, and other processed products

Replace unhealthy menu items with foods rich in nutrients and high in fiber like fruits, vegetables, plant proteins, and whole grains

Diversify protein options to include plant sources by serving a warm, meatless entree at every meal

The Dallas-Plano-Irving metro area is already suffering the consequences of imbalanced menus.

The problem: Prosper ISD menus don't reflect a balanced diet.

14% of Texas adolescents ate enough servings of vegetables, and 33% ate enough fruit

These dietary habits stick with our kids throughout life. Only 25% of adults in the metro area eat the enough fruits and vegetables daily

Over 36% of adults screened in Dallas area have high cholesterol and 32% have high blood pressure

6 of the 8 leading causes of death in the metro area are caused by poor diet and nutrition

1

Too many ultra-processed foods made with disease-promoting refined grains, sugars, & processed meats

2

Too many products high in cholesterol, saturated fats, and sodium like meats, eggs, and full fat dairy

Too few health-promoting fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and legumes

3

Imbalanced menus make it harder for students to get the nutrients they need to learn, grow, and excel.

Independent public health organization Balanced reviewed the healthfulness of Prosper ISD menus and gave it an "F"—a failing grade, with huge consequences for our children's health. In their analysis, Balanced found that the Prosper ISD served:

Our kids deserve better. They deserve a long life free from preventable, diet-related chronic illness.

Help us ensure a healthier future for our children by joining our effort today.

These leading

health organizations recommend balanced food environments that promote increased consumption of fruits, vegetables, plant-proteins, and whole grains and reduced consumption of foods high in cholesterol, saturated fats, sodium, and excess calories.

SUPPORTERS

Meet some of the people behind this effort for Prosper ISD students' health.

Cindy Million

Parent

My two children attend an ACPS elementary school. I believe that we owe it to all of our children to provide them with health-promoting food—not foods that are known carcinogens, like processed meat, or foods that contribute to heart disease and diabetes. What we feed our children now can have a lasting effect on their lives. Let’s stand together to make that effect a positive one.

 

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