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NBA star John Salley went to Capital Hill this week to urge Congress to reform the Child Nutrition Act. Joining Salley were Elizabeth Kucinich, her husband, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, and representatives of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Vegetarianism was the focus of the event, where speakers discussed how federal policies, especially the Child Nutrition Act, contribute to our nation’s high rates of diet-related diseases and stress our health care system. They also asked Congress to help schools serve more fruits, vegetables, and healthy vegetarian foods.

“Succeeding as a champion athlete or champion student takes plenty of nutritious fuel for the mind and the body,” Mr. Salley said. “Students need more fruits and vegetables that will help them stay healthy, fit, and ready to learn. That’s why it’s important for Congress to stay on top of its game by reforming the Child Nutrition Act.” 

The Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act of 2009, which regulates the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, will soon come up for congressional review. Many doctors and health professionals are urging Congress to revise the act to encourage schools to offer more healthful vegetarian meal options.

John Salley is the first person in NBA history to play on three different championship-winning teams: the Detroit Pistons, the Miami Heat, and the Chicago Bulls. He is also an actor and sports commentator, recently appearing on the hit TV show, ’I’m a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here.’

Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.

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